The Honors Program at La Sierra University is open to undergraduate students in any major who show outstanding intellectual and creative ability.
It is a learning community that provides a challenging, yet supportive, environment. As an Honors student, you receive a top-quality education and have fun, too, with special Honors activities including an international study experience. During your senior year, you'll present an original research project, the culmination of your Honors studies.
Acceptance into the Honors Program is competitive, so we encourage you to apply early.
When you complete the Honors Program, you show graduate schools and employers that you are willing to accept challenges and go the extra mile toward excellence. This helps you stand out from the crowd.
Honors classes meet general education requirements, but you'll participate more and listen to fewer lectures. Most Honors classes are not harder than regular classes. They are completely different classes, designed for students who are especially capable and motivated. Read More
Most classes in the Honors Program have fewer students than other classes. This gives you a better chance to get to know your teachers well and form close friendships with fellow students. Read More
Preparation for Graduate Study
The Honors Program features discussion oriented classes that prepare you for graduate school. You'll develop the critical-thinking and communication skills that will make you successful in a future career. Read More
"From the small classes that enable me to create a bond with the students to the eye-opening international experience to learn about a different culture, I am thankful for the Honors Program at La Sierra University. It shaped me to be a better world citizen."
The Honors Program allowed me to pursue my academic interests in applicable ways, such as a community involvement project and the honors thesis. Both of these endeavors have led to numerous opportunities for me in independent and collaborative research, resulting in an internship and several conference papers.
University Honors Designation
If you complete the Honors Program of general studies, the Honors Scholarship Project, and graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above, you will have the designation "University Honors Program" listed on your diploma and transcript, as well as in the commencement program.
Special Living Environment
You may apply to live in a special Honors residence hall. Men and women live in separate wings and share a study room, lobby, and kitchen. The Honors residence hall provides an atmosphere where studying and scholarship are valued and respected. As space is available, single rooms are offered at double-occupancy rates.
To become more informed global citizens, your Honors class will travel abroad for three or four weeks following your sophomore year as a required part of your Honors experience. Recent tours have focused on Turkey, Malaysia, and Singapore. Read More
I treasure the opportunity I was given to travel in Europe, engage others in discussion on a regular basis, for strong friendships, and explore unfamiliar academic areas of interest.
You will have the chance to work in collaboration with faculty members to develop an original research or creative project that is presented publicly. Some students present their projects at professional meetings and/ or publish them in professional journals. For other students, the projects have developed into graduate specialties.
Recent Honors Scholarship projects have included:
"Modeling the Spread of Lyme Disease"
"Daybreak: Jerusalem" - an exploration of the characters surrounding Christ
"Title: Forget Me Not—Producing a Recording of Violin & Cello Roots Music"
"International Students and Culture Shock"
"The Star Wars Alternate Prequel Trilogy"
"'I Told the Doctor I Got a Good Heart': A Stage Play"
Community Involvement Project
The Honors Program emphasizes service throughout the curriculum. During your junior year, you will engage in direct community service and report on the experience.
Past projects have included:
Developing a cookbook for senior citizens
Improving health care for the homeless in the Inland Empire
Helping children to gain proficiency in math, science, and reading
Encouraging bus ridership in order to minimize the impact on the environment
Honors Program Graduates
Honors Program graduates have:
Published research in History, Mathematics, Psychology and Biochemistry-- while still students at La Sierra University.
Led the Zapara School of Business Enactus team to win the National and World Championships.
Published a children's book, and taught English in countries like Mexico, South Korea, Afghanistan and China.
Been accepted into the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Behavioral Health, Medicine and Md- PhD program, The Ross School of Medicine, the UC Berkeley Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Been accepted to Howard University Law, Pepperdine University Law, George Washington Law, Georgetown Law and Berkeley Law schools.
Been accepted to USC's Thornton School of Music and Julliard School of Music.
Been accepted to study subjects like history, international policy and economics at UC Riverside, Claremont Graduate University, Georgetown University, University of Paris, Cambridge University, Oxford University and the London School of Economics.
Become professors at institutions like UC Riverside, University of Kansas and John Hopkins School of Medicine.
First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.
A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.
We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. The Career Services Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is prepared to guide you through your job search process.
Learn More about the La Sierra University Honors Program
Feel free to contact us for more information and answers to your questions.