Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program
The Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors program celebrates the creational nature of human learning and therefore values learning for its own sake. We recognize the wonder of creation. We learn in order to love and serve more effectively. The Honors program also acknowledges the specific academic and advising needs of academically gifted students, and seeks to nurture those students through a community of like-academic peers, and enriched academic environment and experience.
The mission of the Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program is to challenge and support high ability students by fostering fierce curiosity, intellectual humility, thriving community and holistic growth and development.
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If you are interested in an enriched academic and social environment surrounded by like-peers who share your passion for learning, the honors program is the place for you. The greatest value of the program is inherent in the dynamic learning environment atmosphere in honors courses and co-curricular programming. Dutile Honors Scholars are curious, self-directed and motivated learners. In order to serve honors scholars the program includes:
Eligibility criteria for first-time freshmen include:
Applicants must first complete an application for admission to SBU. Eligible students will then receive a Scholars Day application and will attend Scholars Day. Selection is limited to 10% of the freshman cohort and includes consideration of student’s high school leadership, scholarship and service, as well as their Scholars Day essay and interview.
Fall 2020 COVID-19 Update: As SBU is currently not requiring standardized test scores, the Dutile Honors program will not require test scores. Any student who is eligible for Scholars Day may apply to the Honor Program. Consult with your admissions representative for more details.
Eligible admitted students will receive an invitation to apply for Scholars Day. The Scholars Day applications are available by the end of November. For questions about the Scholars Day application, please contact the Office of Admissions at (417) 328-1810.
Students who have completed fewer than 30 credit hours when they enter SBU will take the traditional honors track. Students who have completed 30 or more credit hours will take the accelerated honors track. Both tracks will complete 15 – 20% of their SBU curriculum in honors coursework. Both tracks take the Honors Core. Traditional track takes at least 12 hours of Honors Electives. Accelerated Track takes at least 6 hours of Honors Electives.