The Honors Experience

From our inception, we’ve understood that our mission must be grounded in a community-based approach to promoting excellence both within and beyond the classroom. We seek to do this through…

Living Out the Examined Life With Others

“The greatest good of man is daily to converse about virtue… the life which is unexamined is not worth living.


Our community fosters individuality– an individuality that also understands its dependence on community. We accomplish this through a culture of self-examination, existential authenticity, and building a thoughtful framework for an integrated and comprehensive worldview— a Weltanschauung worthy of the root word welt.

Both first years and upperclassmen live together in Andrews Hall with faculty founder and director, Professor Scot Douglass and his daughters.

They study together throughout Andrews and enjoy an array of both academically-oriented and fun events throughout the course of the year.

Knowing other honors students from all four years means regular exposure to peers involved with research, design, international development, and competitions. This is especially valuable for new EHP students to see the possibilities within and beyond the classroom.

“You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it.”

Faith Baldwin

Promoting the values of…


“Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; 
I have seen worse sights than this.” 

Homer, The Odyssey

Excellence is not an abstract value or virtue, but something very concrete.  It is what happens when talented individuals choose to do excellent things. Excellence requires expecting the best from yourself and others, and being ambitious without being competitive.


“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” 

Herman Melville

Community means belonging to a group that comes together to encourage, support, inspire and enjoy one another in the pursuit of excellence. Authentic community is a place where individuals are encouraged to be individuals while being aware of and caring for how they impact others. In EHP, it means entering a group of advanced peers already succeeding and expanding the possibilities for you.


“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

Annie Dillard

Opportunity means seizing the present time at hand to create an overall educational experience that matches your individual abilities and ambitions (through special classes, research positions, internships, study abroad, service projects, mentors, leadership training, et cetera).

Critical Encounters

“The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.”

Martin Heidegger

Professor Douglass teaches Critical Encounters I for each entering class during the fall semester of their freshman year. The course explores critical, literary and philosophical approaches to the following related problems:

  • how we organize knowledge and construct meaning, and
  • how we locate a sense of self, as both individuals and members of various groups, amidst the resources and demands of competing interpretations, traditions, challenges and circumstances.

This literature and humanities course introduces new students to the philosophical life through texts both classical and modern, including Plato, Homer, Heiddegger, Merton, among others.

Since 1989, the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society has engaged engineering students in the weighty questions of human existence and in linking these to the ethical practice of engineering. All engineering students must fulfill Humanities, Social Sciences and Writing course requirements. Critical Encounters I is an approved course for EHP students’ lower-division humanities requirement.

Community Experiences

Taking Critical Encounters and living in Andrews Hall may be the foundation of our community, but they’re only the beginning! Together, honors students participate in a core group of experiences that support and complement their individual pursuits.

Peer Mentoring

Whether it’s your recitation leader for Critical Encounters, someone whose Honors ePortfolio inspired you, a mentor in residence, or another upperclassman who’s volunteered to organize a mentoring event (like our annual Research Night), you have access to those who’ve gone before you.

Unique Events

Every year there are cultural, educational events like trips to the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Andrews Hall Symposiums, and special guest speakers at banquets.

Annual Retreats

You’ll deepen friendships, make new ones, and glean some scholarly wisdom from the EHP Director at the annual EHP Retreat… all while enjoying the beautiful Glen Eyrie Castle grounds.

The Makerspace

Students gain hands-on experience in the Idea Forge Maker Space through workshops and informal student initiatives… and it’s just across the Kittredge pond!


We have a lot of fun, too. Each year reflects the personalities of the people involved, but we’ve been known to hike 14ers, play Quiddich, go to pumpkin patches, and play dorm-wide sardines… We’ve even had a Time Travellers Ball! 🙂