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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.

Two categories of students are eligible for consideration for the program: first-time college students and transfer students.


High school students admitted to the program complete seven classes specifically designed for honors students. In addition, students earn honors credit in classes throughout all disciplines at the college.

Second-semester Buffalo State students entering the program must take five honors classes.

Community college graduates who have completed an honors program must complete three honors classes at Buffalo State. Other transfer students may have different requirements, depending on their needs.

Honors coursework fulfills general education/Intellectual Foundations requirements for graduation and is not "extra" credit.

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 at all times to continue receiving the scholarship.


  • 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 computer labs
  • Passes for arts, cultural, and sporting events
  • Recognition of honors program completion on diploma, transcripts, and at Commencement

Financial benefits

About Muriel A. Howard

Muriel A. Howard served as the seventh president of Buffalo State, from 1996 to 2009. The college’s first female president, she was integral to the growth of the honors program. In 1998, she established the Foundation Scholarship Gala, which has since raised more than $3 million in scholarship funds for honors students.

In 2009, Howard left Buffalo State to accept her current position as president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a Washington, D.C.–headquartered association representing 430 public colleges and universities advocating for public higher education.

Pictured: Muriel A. Howard with program director Andrea Guiati, Honors luncheon (May 2014)

Honors Residence Hall and Lounge

North Wing, a suite-style residence hall, houses Honors Program students. On the seventh floor is a private honors lounge, outfitted with a computer lab, fully equipped eat-in kitchen, living room, and meeting room. Living in Honors housing is optional. Space is limited, and rooms are assigned as requests are received, so please make your reservation early! 


Muriel A. Howard Honors Program

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