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Honors Program

The Honors Program at the University of Bridgeport provides a dynamic, challenging, and supportive environment for highly motivated students. Students will emerge confident, professional, and prepared for wherever their paths may lead.

 Eligibility & Requirements

The Honors Program at the University of Bridgeport is designed for students of exceptional academic achievement.

Admittance to the program is by invitation. Criteria that are considered in admittance include:

  • High academic achievement in secondary school as well as exceptional recommendations from the student’s teachers and counselors.
  • For entering students, combined SAT scores of 1800 or higher (or 1200 or higher under the updated, 1600-point scale).
  • For transfer students, participation in an Honors Program in their previous school and a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • For current UB students, a minimum of two semesters with a cumulative average of 3.5 or higher and a recommendation from the Honors Faculty.

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  • Completion of at least three of the courses specifically created by members of the Honors Program faculty. Consult the Course Catalog or your dean for more information on these courses.
  • Completion of two other University courses that are designated by the Honors Program Faculty or the dean of a student’s school or college as Honors courses. Note that these must be courses that have been treated as honors course by the Honors Program in the past.
  • An Honors Thesis (optional, but strongly recommended).
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition, students must earn at minimum a “B-” in an Honors Program course or designated honors course in order for that course to be counted toward the Honors Program. Any student who receives below a “B-” in two Honors courses will not be permitted to continue with the Honors Program.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

​Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated. Please click here for our chapter bylaws.

Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than one million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines – a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.

Phi Kappa Phi’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”


The Phi Kappa Phi Foundation was incorporated in 1969 to promote academic excellence and achievement by means of scholarships and fellowships.

To support first-year graduate work, the Society offers 50 Fellowships and 30 Awards of Excellence annually, on a competitive basis, to graduating students who have been initiated into the Society and who have also been nominated by their chapters for the competition.

Chapter Management

The University of Bridgeport Chapter 216 is committed to its volunteer leadership teams that plan to succeed. Phi Kappa Phi’s real strength comes from its volunteers.

The influence of Phi Kappa Phi on a given campus depends in large part upon the commitment of its officers and its members. The Society at UB is eager to support efforts in the recognition and promotion of academic excellence.

President: Edina Oestreicher

President Elect: Dr. David Oberleitner

Treasurer: Mufu Weng

Secretary: TBA

Grants and Awards Officer: Dr. David Riggs  

Chapter Administrative Assistant: Dr. Edward Geist

Officer-at-Large: Dr. Beth Skott

Officer-at-Large: Dr. Jessica Nelson

Student Vice President: Kay-Anna Pusey