Pacific’s four honors programs of distinction give high-achieving students the opportunity to be part of a tight-knit community of learners who are passionate about discovering and living out their purpose. Through academic and career mentorship, research, leadership development, social events, community service and other special experiences, honors scholars benefit from a personalized network of support that enhances their time at Pacific and prepares them well for life after graduation.

The Powell Scholars Program is Pacific’s premier academic merit award, providing participants with $42,000 a year for four years, as well as one-time awards of up to $5,000 for research and creative projects and up to $2,500 for study abroad. Students selected for this program receive extensive mentoring within and beyond their academic discipline, as well as unique opportunities to serve others both locally and globally.

The Pacific Humanities Scholars Program is a selective, one-of-a-kind educational experience dedicated to the promotion of humanities disciplines in academics and beyond. It is designed to foster an intellectually rigorous and culturally rich community in which students can learn, grow and thrive. The program also enables students to complete an optional accelerated track to achieve their BA in just three years.

Gain an edge in law school when you prepare with the Pacific Legal Scholars Program. This is a highly selective, seven-unit program designed to expose students to the legal field and prepare them for the rigors of law school.

The Freshman Honors Program is designed for academically talented students from all programs and majors who want to be a part of a vibrant intellectual and social community supported by enriching extracurricular programming. We support excellence in academic and extra-curricular endeavors designed to enrich the social, cultural, and intellectual lives of our students.


Browse the Honors Programs of Distinction Collections:

First-Year Honors Program Research Seminars

Pacific Humanities Scholars - The Post Human