Prospective Students


I'm delighted with your interest in the University Honors College at Duquesne.

Whether you received an invitation letter or want to apply, please know your gifts will be cherished here. Assumption Hall and the University Honors College are very special aspects of our campus - you've got to see it to believe it! Contact us and make an appointment to visit.

We are a unique Honors College, steeped in the Catholic intellectual tradition and celebratory of the contributions our humanities perspectives can make to the professions our students choose. We seek no less than to liberate every human person from injustice, poverty, and ignorance.

If this sounds like a challenge you'd like to meet, we'd love to hear from you.

At Duquesne, we say Spiritus est qui vivificat. May your search for future academic and intellectual challenges be an inspired one!

In the meantime, we are here to help.

Kathleen Glenister Roberts, Ph.D.
Director, University Honors College

Are you up for the challenge?

Our students:

  • Become leaders in their field
  • Participate in a unique, inspiring academic experience
  • Share their specific interests with other like-minded individuals.

Students become members of the Duquesne University Honors College by following one of the pathways described below:

By Invitation

If you are a prospective Duquesne student who meets the academic requirements of the Honors College, you will be recommended by the Office of Admissions and will automatically receive an invitation to join.

The "criteria" for an invitation to the Honors College is fluid, based on SAT or ACT scores, high school GPA, and other admissions data. Students must also demonstrate a commitment to our humanities curriculum when accepting the invitation to join the University Honors College.

We begin sending out invitations in early December and continue on a rolling basis throughout the spring.

We require a response to our invitation by May 1 of the year you plan to enter Duquesne University. After May 1 we cannot guarantee a place for a student who does not respond by the deadline.

By Application

If you do not receive an invitation to join but would still be interested in joining, fill out an application form. For fall incoming freshman only.


If you are not initially invited or accepted into the Honors College, you may reapply following the completion of your first semester at Duquesne. Deadline for current Duquesne students is the add/drop week of the spring semester. For current students, please submit the Honors College Admissions Application.

  • The application should be mailed to the office of the Honors College. Required supporting documentation includes:
    • An "endorsement" via email (from an academic advisor or a faculty member)
    • A statement of intent, in the form of an essay

We will review your complete application and contact you with a decision within a reasonable period of time.

Success Through Both Paths

There is no distinction made between students who join the Honors College by invitation or by application. Experience has shown that both groups contribute to the vitality of our intellectual and creative community. Our goal is to encourage participation from all students who have the ability and desire to expand the promise of their college education.

Any student who matriculated after the first semester of his or her freshman year and is interested in the Honors College should make an appointment with the Honors College Director.


We expect honors students to embody these pillars by asking deeper, more profound questions in their academic work.

Opportunities for Growth

Honors College students gain unique, tangible opportunities to merger their professional goals with creative work in the humanities and liberal arts. Regardless of your major, you will delve deeper into literature, history, philosophy, theology, music, arts and other humanities fields.

Students are happiest and most successful in the Duquesne University Honors College when they understand and are inspired by profound questions.

We've found that the humanities offer us the beginnings of answers to why students choose their professions, and how they will best serve other human beings - whether that be lawyers, pharmacists, speech therapists, educators, or any other career.