Honors Program | Hiram College Eclectic Scholars

Make the most of college through an enriched Honors experience.

Hiram College’s Eclectic Scholars Honors Program welcomes students who are committed, self-motivated and curious.

Are you ready to explore how your academic interests can serve greater world?

Are you curious, creative, civic-minded?

Are you passionate about solving complex problems and learning new things?

If so, we’d love to hear from you. 


Honors Advantage

In addition to opportunities for academic enrichment, professional development and interdisciplinary discussion, Honors scholars enjoy the following perks:

  • priority registration

  • honors housing

  • additional scholarship opportunities

  • opportunity to apply for tuition-free over hours

  • honors lounge

  • graduation with honors

>> Meet our current Honors scholars



Acceptance Criteria

Although GPA is considered, Hiram prides itself on looking at the whole student and has no hard GPA requirement for the Eclectic Scholars Program. However,  the following credentials are recommended:

  • 3.6 or higher high school GPA
  • one of the following enrichment experiences:
    • creating or holding a leadership position in an academic or social club
    • leading or participating in a community volunteer effort such as Relay for Life or Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    • working in or volunteering at a social service agency or hospital in order to make a difference in others' lives
    • participation in independent research or entrepreneurial endeavor
    • involvement in environmental or sustainability clubs or efforts
  • a curiosity or desire to explore complex, interdisciplinary issues and ideas

 Students can apply for the Honors program after submitting their Hiram College application. An interview with a faculty representative of the Honors program is also required.

Why the Eclectic?

Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (now Hiram College) was founded in 1850. The Eclectic Institute was named as such to demonstrate that it would not follow any one mold, but remain free to choose an educational model demanded by the times. Hiram has always recognized the need to prepare students for diverse careers.

"From this place would go forth men of ample moral and mental growth to fill stations of honor and usefulness in all departments of social life." 

(Hiram College and Western Reserve Eclectic Institute: Fifty Years of History, 1850-1900; F.M. Green, 1901)
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Learn More:

If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact:

Acacia Parks, Eclectic Scholars Honors Program director,
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