Monsignor Casale Honors College

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The Monsignor Casale Honors Program is named after Reverend Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, President Emeritus of St. Thomas University. To be considered for a position in the Honors Program, students must have a 3.5 GPA and an 1150 SAT/ 25ACT. February 15th is the deadline to have all admission documents in (application, transcript, test score, and fafsa completed). Once you have everything completed honors student will receive an Evening of Excellence invitation after the deadline, Students must attend Honors Night to maintain scholarship offer. Honor students are required to take exclusive courses, have one on one faculty attention, complete community-engaged projects, and connect with distinguished alumni.

 

LEADERSHIP

Leadership is found in an Honors College. At the Monsignor Casale Honors College, you will be among a diverse group of people who will not only enhance your educational experience, but will challenge your current perspective of the world so that you can lead confidently. If you are seeking a truly different Honors College experience, with a one of a kind mission, you have found it!
At Monsignor Casale’s Honors College, you will find a vibrant community that bridges the academic and social worlds, and prepares you to be tomorrow’s leader. The Honors College delivers a transformative education through personalized attention, leadership development opportunities, mentorship with community leaders, and community engagement. Its rigorous academic program provides the foundation for a successful professional journey.
Monsignor Casale Honors College at St. Thomas University, strives to develop flexible, bold, and resilient leaders of tomorrow who will focus on the powerful connection between knowledge, ethics, and opportunities.
This is an opportunity for students to network and interact with Greater Miami’s leaders in the arts, sciences, business, and academia and start developing and advancing their own leadership skills.
If you want to make a difference in the world, learn from global experts, and experience a classroom with no boundaries, choose the Monsignor Casale Honors College at St. Thomas University.

 

 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Academic scholarships
  • Community engagement leadership experiences
  • Intermediate to Superior proficiency in a second language
  • Innovative honors courses taught by honors faculty
  • One-on-one advising with an honors mentor
  • Networking with South Florida leaders at cultural colloquiums

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA and an 1150 SAT or 25ACT
  • The scholarship amount varies based on academics 

Students who receive an honors night invitation must attend the Monsignor Casale Honors Night to maintain the scholarship offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Monsignor Franklyn Casale Honors College (MCHC) at St. Thomas University (STU) was created to honor Monsignor Casale. A priest since 1967 and the former president of STU from 1994-2018, Monsignor Casale committed his life to developing ethical leaders for life, and this college honors his vision.

1. What is an honors college?
According to the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), an honors college or program “provides opportunities for measurably broader, deeper, and more complex learning-centered and learner-directed experiences for its students than are available elsewhere in the institution; these opportunities are appropriately tailored to fit the institution’s culture and mission and frequently occur within a close community of students and faculty.” (Definition of Honors Education, 2018, para. 2)

2. What is unique about the Msgr. Casale Honors College?
Besides providing the academic rigor and intellectual experiences common to honors colleges, the MCHC focuses on the powerful connections between knowledge, ethics and opportunities necessary to develop flexible, bold, and resilient leaders for life. Through community engagement projects, cultural colloquiums and seminars, and second language proficiency acquisition, students will discover and develop their life purpose in the personalized settings of an Archdiocesan Catholic University located in Miami, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the country.

3. What will students do in the Honors College?
Honor students are required to take exclusive courses, have one on one faculty attention, complete community-engaged projects, and connect with distinguished alumni.

4. Are all courses in the Msgr. Casale Honors College honors level courses?
No. Scholars in the MCHC typically take 1 honors course a semester with other Honors Scholars. These academically rigorous courses, taught by Honors College faculty, will be innovative and intellectually stimulating. These courses will count towards general education requirements (e.g., in academic fields of theology, humanities, science, social science, etc.).

5. What is the difference between the Msgr. Casale Honors College and graduating with honors?
Students do not need to be an MCHC scholar to graduate with honors. Graduating with honors is a GPA distinction (i.e., Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude). Graduating from the Msgr. Casale Honors College involves not only having a high GPA upon graduation, but completing all requirements of the MCHC. This Honors College designation will appear on scholars’ final transcript.

6. Which major is best for the Msgr. Casale Honors College?
The MCHC is open to all majors as long as scholars fulfill all honors requirements along with the requirements of their major.

7. How do students apply to the Msgr. Casale Honors College and when is the deadline?
Students must have the academic requirements and attend honors night where you will meet distinguished faculty and staff of St. Thomas University. January 15th is the deadline to have all admission documents in (application, transcript, test score, and fafsa completed). Once you have everything completed honors student will receive Honors Night invitation after the deadline.

8. When will students know if they have been accepted to the Msgr. Casale Honors College?
Students will be sent an invitation from the office of admissions inviting the student to honors night!

9. Does it cost more to join the Msgr. Casale Honors College?
No, there is no fee for joining the Honors College.

10. Where can students find more information about the Msgr. Casale Honors College?
Call (305) 628-6731 or email the Director of the MCHC
Dr. Rafael Montes at rmontes@stu.edu
Office: Mimi Dooner Hall, Room 210-H

 

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Contact the Directors of the Honors College

The Director of Admissions Otis Miller III at 305-853-9447 (call/text) or omiller@stu.edu

Dr. Rafael Montes at 305-628-6731 rmontes@stu.edu