Fall 2020 Admitted Students

We cannot wait to meet our incoming class of University Honors Students!

The University Honors Program staff and faculty has been busy designing new and engaging courses, programs, and experiences for you, our newest students, and the entire Honors community.

We've been collaborating with our many campus partners--the Global Education Office, the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, Study Away USA, and many others-- to ensure we are all primed and ready to receive our motivated students.

We've been cataloguing our campus connections so when you arrive in the fall and come to us with a question or a need, we know exactly who you should contact.

You, our students, provide the energy and spark for the University Honors Program. You amaze us and we know you will make us proud every day. We can't wait to see what you bring to the UHP!

Below, some of our current Honors Students describe how they have grown and been inspired by their Honors opportunities.

 

 

 

Emily D'Antonio
Emily D'Antonio
Health & Wellness, Class of 2020

I have had many wonderful experiences through the Honors Program at UNH. I followed the Honors in Major path for Nutrition and Wellness, which allowed me to work closely with my professors to enrich my coursework. I designated my sophomore Nutrition Education & Counseling course as Honors, and was able to work with Dover High School to create an interactive presentation/food demonstration for their special education class. It was exciting to apply what I was learning in a very meaningful way.

My favorite aspect of the Honors Program is the sense of community I feel on campus. Everyone involved in the Program is an exceptional, conscientious student working towards unique goals. It is a truly inspiring environment to be a part of. 

 

 

 

 

Alexandra Awad
Alexandra Awad
Animal Science. Minor in Psychology, Class of 2020

My name is Alexandra Awad and I’m a senior Animal Science major and a Psychology minor. I’m from Cranston, Rhode Island and I’m a first-generation college student. I’ve been involved in research since my sophomore year and am finishing up my Honors Thesis.

In the Honors Program, I am actively involved in the Peer Mentor Program, now serving as the Student Director. I have built great relationships with the numerous faculty of the Honors Program.

The Honors Program was part of my decision to attend UNH. As a pre-veterinary student, I wanted Honors courses to enrich my curriculum, while also learning in a different class environment to take a break from large lectures and labs. The class size and engagement with professors was amazing and something I will always cherish. I am so grateful for the Honors Program and the support I have received all four years. I would not be such a strong student and leader without it.

 

 

 

 

Coleman Russell
Coleman Russell
Accounting, Class of 2021

My name is Coleman Russell and I'm a Junior Honors student majoring in Accounting. Honors has strengthened my university experience and helped with my personal and academic growth.  In an Honors class, you go beyond the standard lecture material, and everyone has an opportunity to have their voice heard. This allows for you to learn more about yourself and those around you, and brings a strong sense of community. Being a member of a community of like-minded students with a focus on academics has made me not only a better student, but a better person. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aliya Sarris
Aliya Sarris
Political Science, Class of 2023

I love that the Honors Program offers such a variety of courses; this variety allows students to complete Discovery required courses without overloading their schedule. Honestly, it’s this flexibility that helped me decide to be a part of the program.

Although I’m only a freshman, I have already decided that I’m going to pursue Interdisciplinary Honors . I feel that through this track, rather than Honors in major, the Honors Program will allow me to combine my interests and further explore their overlapping material.

The Honors Program was one of the biggest reasons why I chose to come to UNH. I have been thinking about grad school , and not only does Honors definitely help boost your resume, but the variety of honors classes you take helps convey that you are a well-rounded student that has knowledge in various disciplines.

My advice for an incoming student is to sign up for the Honors Program just to try it. The flexibility and variety of classes allow first year students to challenge themselves, but not in a way that’s too overwhelming. 

 

 

Amanda Wester
Amanda Wester
Physics, Class of 2021

I really like that there is an Honors dorm that has mostly Honors Students. I was paired with random roommates my freshman year and one of them turned out to be one of my closest friends since coming to UNH because we had so much in common, as we were both in the Honors Program and had similar interests.

The Honors Program has provided so many fantastic opportunities. I received a REAP grant for the summer after my freshman year to do physics research with a professor from my department. For a major like physics it’s really important to get involved in research early on to be more competitive for graduate school. It was also interesting to learn what actual research was like, because it allowed me to narrow down what career paths I would like to go into.

 

 

 

 

Jake Malatesta
Jake Malatesta
Information Systems Business Analytics, Class of 2023

The Honors Program here at UNH offers students the opportunity to conduct research, know their professors on a more personal level, and learn about topics in more in depth ways. They also offer plenty of resources for you to excel academically with Honors advising and socially through programs such as the Honors Council and the Honors Peer Mentor Program. It was actually for this reason that I decided to join the honors peer mentor program and become the co-coordinator. Overall, the UNH honors program is a great resource and opportunity for students to explore their curiosity and develop their leadership skills.