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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Honos Civicus for Undergraduate Students

Honos Civicus selects and recognizes graduating seniors who have excelled academically and as civic leaders during their undergraduate studies at Tufts University. Inductees have an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon their accomplishments and share the honor with peers who similarly acted on their commitment to social impact while at Tufts.

To become a member of the Honos Civicus Society, graduating seniors must complete an online application. The application includes three components – academic, co-curricular, and an essay responses. Applications must be submitted through the online system, but you may want to download the application form in order to prepare your responses.


To become a member of Honos Civicus, you must:

  • Be a graduating senior.
  • Have taken two courses related to civic engagement with a minimum course grade of 3.0. Only one of the courses may be Pass/Fail. Do not submit courses for which you do not currently have a grade on your transcript, including courses you are currently taking.
  • Have been involved in at least two co-curricular activities during your undergraduate studies at Tufts. If you participated in one intensive, full-year or multi-year program, this single activity will be accepted to fulfill the requirement.


  • A certificate of membership and recognition alongside your peers during an induction ceremony (to be held on April 25th, 2019)
  • Recognition at graduation, including an Honos Civicus pin for the commencement gown
  • Being listed as an Honos Civicus inductee on the Tisch College website and other Tufts outlets
  • A connection to the Tufts Civic Life Network, a Tisch College-led alumni group for Tufts graduates who remain committed to civic engagement

Application Information

The undergraduate Honos Civicus application has three sections: academic, co-curricular, and essay. Successful applicants will not simply describe the course or activity, but illustrate and reflect on how they related to their personal and/or professional development. You will also be asked to submit an unofficial transcript.

  • Academic: This section will ask you to list and reflect on coursework that helped develop your abilities as an active citizen. You can describe any two Tufts University courses, as long as they have clear connection to civic life, whether by being focused on theory, public policy, a particular social issue, or by involving direct community engagement; or if they inspired you in some way to engage with social issues and helped you more clearly understand your civic responsibilities. For engineers, descriptions of projects that related to the broader social context or that sought to better understand and serve communities as part of a class are also welcome.
  • Co-curricular: This is an opportunity to capture those activities that helped develop your civic knowledge, skills, and values while at Tufts. You may include relevant on-campus and off-campus activities, as well as paid work and summer internships. Please list two activities, only one of which may be a one-day activity. If you are using your participation in one long-term program or initiative to fulfill this requirement, please write extensively about that program.
  • Essay: The essay is an opportunity to reflect on your civic growth and how your academic and co-curricular activities have transformed you into an effective active citizen. Applicants should respond to both essay prompts as they appear on the application.

For more information, email Peter de Guzman, Student Outreach Coordinator, at

Apply to Honos Civicus

The Honos Civicus application period for the class of 2019 will open on January 28th, 2019.