Honors Program: Opportunities for Leadership

Collaboration and Team Building

Outside the classroom Honors Students have access to wide range of opportunities to further refine their leadership skills. Students are encouraged to own the campus and create events and programming with support from faculty.

The Honors Council

Our Honors Council is a thriving group of Honors Students who desire to create an active community on Arcadia’s campus and beyond.  Some of these students coordinate philanthropic, social and leadership events. Other students are trained to mentor their peers and bring them fully into the Arcadia community. These students make choices for co- and extra-curricular programming and implement those choices. All Honors students are encouraged to sit on a sub-committee.

Some of these students coordinate philanthropic, social and leadership events. Other students are trained to mentor their peers and bring them fully into the Arcadia community. These students make choices for co- and extra-curricular programming and implement those choices. All Honors students are encouraged to sit on a sub-committee.

Honors Student Activities

The Compass

For the online scholarly journal The Compass, Honors Student serve as editors, layout and business personnel. They meet with faculty and staff to publish a scholarly journal that takes submissions from around the globe.

Alumni Mentor Program

Through this program, Honors Students are paired with an alumni mentor after an initial meet and greet. This person is their formal mentor (albeit, all the mentors are available as a network for the students). Formal and informal get togethers are planned for members of this group.

Local and National Honors Conferences

We encourage Honors Students to present at our local Honors conference, which takes place every March. Arcadia’s Honors Students have a very large presence at this conference. Arcadia’s Honors Students have been repeatedly accepted in high numbers to this competitive conference held in different locations around the country. 

Honors Program Events

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Our students organize and implement a number of events each year. Many of them are annual events that have become a part of our Honors Program tradition.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Our biggest event of the year. Each fall semester, Honors Students participate in an annual production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a live shadow cast. Over 300 students and community members attend this fun and longstanding Halloween tradition. Honors Student involvement includes:

  • Auditioning/acting in the live shadow cast.
  • Stage direction and organizing props.
  • Handling the marketing and business for the production.
Murder Mystery Dinner in the Castle

Students prepare and perform an interactive murder mystery dinner party experience for all “invited” guests. The experience includes theater production, dinner, marketing and stage management.

Welcome Dinner

​The first formal event of the year to which the entire program is invited.  We welcome our new students and look forward to the year ahead.

Farewell Banquet

​The end of the year celebration showcasing the achievements of our seniors.

The Exhibition of Academic Success

For The Exhibition of Academic Success, Honors Students plan a conference for undergraduates and graduate students to present the work they are most proud of to alumni, the Arcadia community, the wider community, prospective employers, and family and friends.

Honors Retreat

First year Honors Students are heavily encouraged to attend this half day retreat where we have fun, team build, and showcase the nature and character of our program.

Dead Paper Society

​Last event of the year, where we burn our papers and use the heat of the ash to roast s’mores.

Other Events and Activities Include
  • Arcadia's Next Great Baker
  • Celebrating Cultures
  • Community Service Events
  • Ethnic Dinners
  • Leadership Mentoring Panels
  • Leadership Networking Panels
  • Excursions into various cultural destinations in Philadelphia