Loyola University Maryland

Honors Program


Phi Beta Kappa students

Note: You must submit your application to Loyola University Maryland before you can access the Honors Program application.

Admission to Honors requires a separate application, in addition to the application for Loyola University Maryland. The Honors application consists of two parts:

  1. Online application. In order to access this application, you will need to use your Applicant Status Page login credentials sent to you via email after you have submitted an application to Loyola.
  2. Two essays. The prompts for the essays are provided in the application and both must be included when your application to the Honors Program is submitted.

The Honors Program seeks to admit students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, a desire for academic rigor, and a love of learning for its own sake. In reviewing Honors applications, the Director is interested in candidates who have successfully pursued the most demanding curriculum available at their school and who are eager to undertake the intellectual challenge that the Honors Program offers its students. Admission is extremely selective, and neither acceptance by the University nor a grant of scholarship aid is a guarantee of admission to Honors.


  • Early Action deadline for the Honors Program is December 15, with notification sent via U.S. mail by February 1.
  • Regular Decision deadline for the Honors Program is February 15, with notification sent via U.S. mail by April 1.

Applicants may apply Early Action to Loyola University Maryland and Regular Decision to the Honors Program if they so choose. Applicants should note that they can apply for early action to the Honors Program only if they are also applying early action to Loyola University Maryland.

Current Loyola students may apply for admission to Honors up to the close of their first year, but they should be aware that normally very few, if any, spaces are available.

Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh, Ph.D.

Joseph Walsh, Ph.D., teaches classics and history at Loyola and is a co-director of the Honors Program

Classics, History
A student sits facing other students, with textbooks in the foreground
Honors Program

Why I'll always be glad I joined the Honors Program

Faculty mentors, engaging discourse, and field trips and traditions are just a few ways the Honors Program sets students up for an enriching experience.