Benefits of the Honors Program

Course Selection and Design

Students in the Commonwealth Honors Program have the opportunity to choose courses, designed to be intensive and intellectually challenging, from a wide range of disciplines. Honors students have priority registration, which means they are almost never closed out of a course! General Education honors courses draw upon and develop students' creativity and analytical thinking skills. Because these classes are generally smaller in enrollment, students have more interaction with the faculty and in-depth class discussion, which helps foster a close student-instructor relationship.


Incoming first-year students who qualify for the Honors Program (see Program Requirements) receive an annual scholarship, which is determined by the Admissions Office. Other special scholarships are also available through the program, which celebrate students’ academic achievements.

Honors Housing

There is a designated floor in one of the residential dorms for Honors Program students. The floor will include a Resident Advisor, who is usually an upper-class Honors student. (Note: It is not mandatory for Honors Program students to select this floor.)

Honors Program House

Students have exclusive access to the Honors Program house at 22 Adams Road. This is a wonderful place for students to gather to study, talk or just relax among friends. The house has WiFi access, a television, a printer, a small refrigerator, and a microwave.

Honors House

Extracurricular Activities/Special Events

The Honors Program hosts/sponsors several events during the year for its students. Each Fall, there is a retreat for first-year Honors Program students.  Other events have included theatre trips to Boston, apple picking, a movie night and more!

Thompson Island Retreat

There are also opportunities for Honors students to participate in a Study Aboard program and work as a supplemental course instructor on campus. In addition, every Spring, the Program hosts a dinner for students, faculty and thesis advisors where academic achievements are recognized. Juniors and Seniors are lauded by their thesis advisors and presented with their Honors Program sash and pin for graduation.

Special Designations

Honors students who complete the program will be recognized at graduation and on their undergraduate transcripts as Commonwealth Honors Scholars. Framingham State University is a member of the statewide Commonwealth Honors Program, the National Collegiate Honors Council, and the Northeast Regional Collegiate Honors Council. Graduate and professional schools recognize the academic accomplishment of students completing the Program.