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Honors Program Benefits

Honors Program courses are indicated on the student's official transcript, along with the designation Commonwealth Honors Scholar upon completion of the program.   

  • Honors Program students may take up to 22 credits each semester as part of their regular tuition.
  • Honors Program students may enter advanced-level courses without introductory level prerequisites, with permission from the appropriate chairperson and/or instructor. 
  • Honors Program students have priority in course selection at registration.
  • Honors Program students have the option of a quiet study lounge complete with a computer, free printing and snacks. 
  • Honors Program students can receive up to four years of housing in selected dorms if living with other program students. 

Scholarship Programs

The Presidential Scholars Program awards outstanding scholars direct grants regardless of financial need. The grant is $1,000 and is renewable for four years. 

The Salem State Foundation Honors Scholarship awards a renewable scholarship of $500 to current students who join the program.

The Honors Program Advisory Committee grants funding up to $1,500 per year for students to pursue research, study abroad or graduate coursework.

The Senator Paul E. Tsongas Scholarship is a full waiver of tuition and fees awarded to twenty students from Massachusetts who are distinguished in terms of class rank, high school GPA and scores on the SAT and AP exams. 

Although we award these scholarships based on academic merit, all students who wish to be considered must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with Salem State University (code# 002188).


In a typical year, honors students will get together for dinners, Honors Convocation, guest lectures and cultural trips to places such as Boston, Salem and New York City. The program actively supports student travel to regional and national honors conferences. 

Other notable events include:

  • Cape Cod retreat for incoming students 
  • Honors fall dinner 
  • High table dinners with notable guests  
  • Weekend trip to New York City, Washington, DC and Montreal
  • Etiquette dinner 
  • Statewide undergraduate research conference 
  • Honors convocation

Honors Program Advisory Council is a student led group focused on creating fun programs, such as the Murder Mystery Night, the Valentine’s Day Carnation Sale, and other events.


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