Honors Program

Challenging Yourself, Preparing for Life’s Big Challenges


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Honors Student Wilfredo Tangui

At the University of Rhode Island, Honors isn’t harder; it’s different. The URI Honors Program offers interdisciplinary educational experiences that prepare students for the challenges awaiting them upon graduation. Small class sizes across the disciplines mean individualized learning opportunities with outstanding and passionate faculty who are leaders in their fields.

Outside the classroom, numerous opportunities for research and in-depth study with faculty mentors await ambitious students. The Honors staff enhances the advising undergraduates receive from their major advisors through one-on-one advising and mentoring. The Honors Program is also able to offer housing and early registration for qualifying Honors students. Support for those applying to local, national, and global scholarship and fellowship awards as well as funds to support undergraduate research is available.

URI’s Honors Program houses the Office of National Fellowships and the Pre-Health Professions Advising Program for those undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate-level health professions.

And, after more than fifty years, the Honors Program continues to offer the nationally renowned Honors Colloquium, a free community public lecture series that brings globally recognized scholars, artists, and thinkers to the state-wide community.

NOTE: There is NO application for the Honors Program, qualifying students are sent an invitation to join. For more details please see our FAQs – Program Requirements page.


Lynne Derbyshire, Ph.D. – Director, Honors Program and Associate Professor, Communications Studies

A Message From the Honors Director

As the Honors Program Director, I want to welcome you to URI’s Honors Program. We are an interdisciplinary and innovative community that provides honors eligible undergraduates with a collaborative collegial environment. We offer small, interactive classes with nationally recognized faculty. The individualized attention that undergraduate students receive, allow the Honors staff and faculty to get to know you personally, and to provide you with advising, support and guidance you need based on your individual goals and interests(…)

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