Hiram College

Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

Take your education to new heights through our Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

If you’re committed, self-motivated and have a curious mind, our Eclectic Scholars Honors Program may be perfect for you.

Not Your Typical Honors Program

Our Eclectic Scholars study in diverse academic fields and follow a variety of passions, but all are actively engaged in the energy of Hiram College. We encourage Scholars to grow during their years through leadership in areas like Student Senate, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, athletic teams, clubs, peer mentoring and teaching. The Eclectic Honors program will help you become the person you want to be.

What will you bring to the community of Eclectic Scholars?

Perks of Being an Eclectic Scholar

As an Eclectic Scholar, you can take your experiences and opportunities for academic enrichment, professional development and interdisciplinary discourse to new heights. Some of those perks include:

  • The honors housing learning community. As of Fall 2020, Henry Honors Hall is the home of the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program! The second floor has single rooms for upper-class students, and the third floor has double rooms for first year students in the honors program. All rooms were recently renovated with new carpet and furniture. Each floor has a kitchenette and a central lounge perfect for building community. On the first floor, there is a main lounge with a television and other amenities. We also have a separate honors lounge located in Bates Hall, complete with comfy seating, big screen TV, and games, making it a nice spot to hang out with friends or even study.  
  • Priority registration. This perk allows students to register early for a course of their choice each semester. Scholars often use this to take an upper-level course to provide them with greater academic challenge.
  • Tuition-free over hours. This perk can be used one semester per academic year. It allows students to take up to 21 credit hours (up to 3 hours over the tuition cap of 18 credits) at no additional cost (worth anywhere from $1000-3000 in savings!). Many students use this perk to do internships or research for credit, or to participate in other academic programs, such as the Garfield Public Leadership program, to further enhance their academic experience at Hiram.
  • Henry housing scholarship. Qualifying students can receive an annual housing scholarship for being in the program. Many of our scholars also apply for other merit-based scholarships, grants, and fellowships (e.g., Fulbright, Rhodes, National Science Foundation, etc.).
  • Preferential Registration for Honors Courses. Each semester a selection of honors courses are available across various academic disciplines. 

Acceptance Criteria

Hiram prides itself on looking at the whole student and has no hard GPA requirement for the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program even though GPA is considered. We are looking for curious, motivated, involved students. This program is especially focused on helping students prepare for the next level: medical school, law school, business school, or other graduate school.

The following credentials are recommended, though not required:

  • 3.5 or higher high school GPA
  • Some of these kinds of enrichment experiences:
    • Creating or holding a leadership position in an academic or social club
    • Working with 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
  • Most important: curiosity and the desire to explore complex, interdisciplinary issues and ideas

Students are admitted to the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program based on a short face-to-face interview. (Currently all interviews are on Zoom.) If you would like to be considered for the program, please indicate your interest and availability here.

Any questions? Feel free to contact us at honors@hiram.edu

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 [and women] 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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Laci Fiala, Ph.D.

Director of the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program & Associate Professor of Crime, Law, and Justice and Sociology


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