Vanessa Chaplin ‘12
Major: Forensic Science
“If I were to describe the Honors Program, it would come down to one word—energized. In classes, the professors probe us with questions, and we learn to voice our opinions. Students go back and forth on topics, and the discussions sometimes last even after the class ends. There is an incredible energy in the Honors Program that I take with me to my other classes, and challenges me to learn more!”
Vanessa is a member of the softball and volleyball team, serves as the Honors Council Community Service Coordinator, helps as a math tutor, and gives tours of the campus for the Admissions Department.
A close-knit community, honors students enjoy thought-provoking seminars, small classes, leadership opportunities, and community service experiences that are valuable for career direction or graduate school. While in the Honors Program, you can be enrolled in any major. Plus, Honors Program students receive an annual $1,500 scholarship.
How the Program Works
In the first two years, honors students participate in discussion-based, one credit seminars. Each seminar is team-taught by faculty providing students with unique perspectives from academic areas as diverse as biology, history, legal studies, or psychology.
In junior and senior years, students pursue their academic interests through special projects or a thesis. Working one-on-one with their advisor/faculty mentor, students research, write and present on a topic of their choice.
Honors students are able to take advantage of:
- Guaranteed merit awards up to $56,000 over four years in addition to a $1,500 annual honors scholarship;
- Honors Program courses that have an average class size of 15;
- Opportunities to attend honors social events, the Bay Path sponsored Women's Leadership Conference, special lectures, and other unique activities;
- The annual Capitals of the World (previous trips include Paris, Rome, and Dublin to name a few) at no cost if a student qualifies to receive a Founder's Scholarship.
Successful honors students will have their participation documented in their transcripts.
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