Reasons to Believe

Dear Parents,

Thank you for visiting La Salle University’s Honors Program website.  In this program, we offer students who have achieved excellence during their high school years a set of challenging opportunities to continue to grow, both in their intellectual lives and in their personal lives. Our program has been recognized by the National Collegiate Honors Council as one that does just that, and 93% of our recent Honors Program graduates report being satisfied or very satisfied with their experiences in our program.

Among the benefits of being a member of La Salle’s Honors Program are:


  • The Triple, a unique sequence of classes that integrate literature, religion, and history, taken by all first year honors students.
  • Honors Labs that engage students with cultural venues in and around the city of Philadelphia and that relate to content in the courses offered in the Triple.
  • Advanced seminars that are theme-based and that emphasize engaged learning and critical thinking.
  • Small class sizes, with no class having more than 18 students.
  • Priority registration for courses during each semester.
  • Close interaction with faculty, many of whom have won teaching and research awards, and who are carefully selected to teach high-achieving students.
  • Personal support during four years at La Salle, including mentoring for prestigious fellowships and scholarships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright.
  • Being a member of a learning community characterized by highly motivated, intellectually curious peers.


Graduates of our Honors Program have garnered a number of awards and risen to leadership roles in all areas of life. Most notably, we have graduated over 60 Fulbright Scholars and a Marshall Scholar. Among our graduates are: Thomas Curley, CEO and President of the Associated Press; Dan Rakowski, M.D., U.S. Navy Physician; John McGrath, Contract Analyst and Negotiator for General Electric Capital Corporation; Christine Vellicer, Ph.D., Researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center; Michael Hayes, J.D., Partner, Litigation Department, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, LLP; and William Burns, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State.

We hope this gives you some feel for La Salle’s Honors Program, which the National Collegiate Honors Council called “a very special sort not available to larger, general universities.” 

Michael J. McGinniss, FSC
Director, University Honors Program