Honors Program

If you’re looking to connect with other talented and motivated students, the GMercyU Honors Program is the place for you. Through enhanced educational opportunities, you will engage in thought-provoking and stimulating courses and discussions that will spark your imagination, broaden your skills, and enhance your resume.

Honors Program Mission

The Honors Program is dedicated to providing an academically rigorous and challenging curriculum, steeped in the liberal arts and sciences, to its brightest and most industrious students. The Program is committed to preserving an academic culture that inspires a genuine eros for learning.

Benefits of the GMercyU Honors Program

GMercyU Honors Program students share their expertise.
GMercyU Honors Program students share their expertise.
  • Graduate with Honors Program distinction    
  • Small seminar classes that emphasize interactive learning and critical thinking
  • Immersion in a challenging, classical liberal arts education that allows students and professors to engage in conversation and discovery
  • Special advising
  • Cultural and social events, and occasions for informal gatherings with Honors faculty
  • On-campus Honors living-learning community
  • Enhanced eligibility for graduate study and employment
  • Connections with a cross-section of students from various academic majors 

Qualifying for the Honors Program

Enrollment in the Honors Program is by invitation and is based on the following criteria:

First Year and Transfer Students

  • 1170 combined SAT scores (or 1100 on the old SAT) or ACT equivalent 
  • 3.33 GPA
  • Interview with Honors Program Director

Current Students

  • 3.33 cumulative GPA
  • One letter of recommendation from faculty
  • Interview with Honors Program Director

If you do not meet all the above criteria, you may still be admitted to the program at the discretion of the Honors Program Director.

Completion Requirements

Once you’re admitted to the Honors Program, you will complete seven courses. If you achieve a 3.0 GPA in your Honors courses and a 3.33 overall GPA in your undergraduate degree program, you will be recognized at the Honors Convocation before commencement, and your transcript and diploma will reflect that you graduated from the Honors Program.

Since all Honors Program courses satisfy the University's General Education requirements, except for Signature Seminars, you won’t need to take any additional courses to graduate, and you will receive both General Education and Honors credit!

Honors Program Courses

Students in the Honors Program take a capstone seminar and six courses in these artes liberales:


  • Dialectic: philosophy, religious studies, history
  • Rhetoric: English, political science, communication, history, philosophy
  • Grammar: English, communication, history, religious studies, philosophy


  • Music: music, drama, art history, English, communication, philosophy, history, religious studies
  • Mathematics
  • Astronomy: interpreted as physical and social sciences

Contact Us

For additional information on the GMercyU Honors Program, please contact:

Dr. Patrick Messina
Director, Honors Program
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Gwynedd Mercy University
1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437
215-646-7300, ext.  21198