The Pennoni Honors College

About the College

The mission of Drexel University’s Pennoni Honors College is to enrich the University experience for talented and ambitious students from all majors. The College has five units: the Honors Program, the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry (which includes The Symposium and the Custom-Designed Major), the Office of Undergraduate Research (which includes the STAR Scholars and SuperNova Programs), the Center for Scholar Development (which includes the Drexel Fellowships Office and Undergraduate Scholarly Development), and the Marketing & Media department (which includes TheSmartSet.com, Pop, the Question podcast, Honor Bound magazine, and The Drexel InterView, now known as The Civil Discourse). Students have the opportunity to apply to the Pennoni Honors Program as late as the spring term of their second year. The other programs and initiatives in the College are open to all students at the University with the appropriate interests and record of achievement. The College also administers the High School Scholars Program for exceptional high school students. 

The Pennoni Honors College was endowed by Annette and C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni, CEO of Pennoni Associates. Mr. Pennoni, a Drexel graduate, was a two-time interim president of the University. He embodies the qualities of leadership, integrity, intellectual curiosity, and commitment to Drexel and the larger world that the College seeks to imbue in its students. With the help of a gift from Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, and his wife Caroline, Drexel University will open Bentley Hall, a combined residence, programming, seminar, and office space.

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