• Honors student by ancient ruins while studying abroad

    The professors and staff of the Cook Honors College take the time to learn about your aspirations, sometimes coaxing you to dream bigger. They can show you new possibilities and then help you develop the steps to reach your academic and personal goals.

    Honors student in the Swiss Alps Whether you want to do summer research at IUP or study abroad in China, we want you to be able to experience the opportunities that interest and challenge you. We’ve even arranged your sophomore and junior core classes to be in opposite semesters so you can take both in the same year if you want to spend one of those years studying abroad.

    Opportunities and Options

    There are so many options to explore and ways to stretch your limits as a CHC student. We’ve had students study lemurs in Madagascar, study political science in Israel, hike the Camino de Santiago in Spain, study linguistics in China, and so much more. In some cases, students ventured out on their own. In others, they were in small groups that included other students from the Cook Honors College.

    The Honors College encourages internships, study abroad, employment related to your major, community service, research work in labs with professors, opportunities to attend and present papers at conferences, and publishing your work. 

    Mentors Encourage You

    Instead of just posting signs on bulletin boards about possible internships, trips, or service projects, we often send emails about opportunities directly to you. Many students tell us they would never have challenged themselves as much as they did if it had not been for the support and nudging of their Honors College mentors and department advisors.

    Supportive Community for Aiming High

    This is a very supportive environment for reaching beyond your expectations. Students in our program aren’t cutthroat competitors eyeing each other’s grades or scholarship applications. They support each other and celebrate each other’s successes. And that translates into everyone from professors to classmates helping to ensure that you graduate with the best possible education and credentials so you can do what you want to do in life.

    Help from Scholarships, Achievement Fund

    Honors college students are encouraged to apply for door-opening scholarships like the Truman, Marshall, Fulbright, or Rhodes. When Anna Manges was chosen for the Goldwater Scholarship recently, she was the only student from a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university selected for the prestigious award. She was the third Cook Honors College student to be selected for it in the last four years.

    Students can also apply for support from the Cook Achievement Fund when an opportunity is too expensive for the family budget.