History and Vision


Founded in 1978, with its first class starting in the fall of 1979, the University of Dayton Honors Program has supported generations of academically accomplished students. About 30 students each year completed a series of Honors seminars and a thesis to graduate with an Honors-designated diploma.

Since the early 2000’s, the Program has been supported by generous financial support from individuals and foundations, providing scholarships, experiential learning and Honors thesis research opportunities. The Berry Summer Thesis Institute, the DC Flyers program, the Chaminade Scholars program, the Global Flyers program, the Honors Student Welcome leadership and the HonorsLINK magazine have been added as opportunities for Honors students to pursue.

Although the program has changed over the years, its hallmarks have always included the Honors thesis project, Honors courses, a commitment to leadership and service, and support for international academic, service and leadership experiences.



The vision of the University Honors Program is a commitment to excellence with opportunities for students to flourish academically and intellectually which culminate in a transformative educational experience in our Catholic and Marianist tradition. The Program values and supports advanced habits of academic inquiry and creativity.

Honors students will exemplify the ideals of the University:  they are students committed to integrity, intellect, leadership, vocation and community engagement.


Honors Program

Alumni Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0311