Our Program


Established in 1984, the Muriel A. Howard Honors Program currently enrolls 200 plus students. Those who enroll understand that although they are expected to work hard, they are rewarded with opportunities for applied internships, scholarships, research, and bright futures.

Muriel A. Howard Honors Program students engage in special seminars, receive individual attention from dedicated, highly qualified faculty members, are rewarded with scholarships and awards, and have access to their own residence hall and lounge.

About Muriel A. Howard

Dr. Muriel A. Howard served as the president of Buffalo State from 1996 to 2009. She was the college's seventh president and its first female president.

As president of Buffalo State, Dr. Howard led a campus of more than 11,000 students and approximately 1,700 faculty and staff. Prior to joining Buffalo State, she was the vice president for public service and urban affairs at the University at Buffalo, where she served in various leadership capacities over a 23-year period.

Dr. Howard was integral to the growth of the honors program at Buffalo State. In 1998, she established the Foundation Scholarship Gala, which has since raised more than $3 million in scholarship funds for honors students.

In 2009, Dr. Howard accepted the position of president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AASCU is the leadership association of 430 public colleges and universities advocating for public higher education, including federal policies and regulations to ensure access, affordability, and opportunity for students.


Two categories of students are eligible for consideration for the program:

  • first-time college students
  • transfer students

Admissions Requirements

Honors Benefits

  • Scholarships and access to national awards
  • Priority registration for classes
  • Special academic advisement
  • Unique seminars and classes on current events, leadership skills, and career development
  • Outstanding suite-style accommodations (for resident honors students)
  • Activities such as trips, visits with lecturers or public figures, and social gatherings with faculty members
  • Honors lounge equipped with online computers
  • Passes for arts and sports events
  • Recognition of honors program completion on diploma and transcripts




Muriel A. Howard Honors Program

Buffalo State  •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  South Wing 510
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-3093