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About University Honors

Join the Honors Community

The scholarly excellence of the University Honors Program is complemented by a vibrant Honors community. From Movie & Pizza Nights in the Gardella Honors House to off-campus group service projects to the plentiful cultural offerings of the Detroit metro area (film, theater, dinners, the opera, the symphony, the DIA, Tigers games, even curling), you will immerse yourself in this intimate community and make friends for life. 

All members of the University Honors Program have the privilege of using the Gardella Honors House for studying and socializing.


Students in the University Honors Program perform 125 hours of documented service in our community.  Students may fulfill the service requirement in several ways: through service-learning courses within the university, service undertaken by UHP as a group, individually arranged service through ILS approved programs or organizations, or service performed through sources external to the ILS (volunteer work through your place of worship, your Greek organization, etc).  Service hours will be tracked by Detroit Mercy’s Institute for Leadership and Service (ILS).

Emerging Leaders Program:

All UHP students are automatically enrolled in the Emerging Leaders Program at Detroit Mercy. This co-curricular program offers students the opportunity to explore their leadership potential and abilities through involvement in programs, events, and activities that include learning, leadership, spirituality, and service, on and off campus. As part of their involvement in ELP, Honors students will have the opportunity to achieve either the leadership pin or medallion during the Detroit Mercy academic career (the leadership pin requires 125 hours of service, which students will fulfill as part of their participation in the University Honors Program).

Honors Leadership Council:

All members of UHP are also members of the Honors Leadership Council, which plays an active role in planning the program. The Council meets regularly throughout the academic year to help plan social events, lectures, forums and film nights.