Membership Information

The Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC), established in 1980, is an organization of students, faculty, and administrators dedicated to the encouragement and support of undergraduate honors learning. The NRHC provides members with opportunities to exchange of information, share ideas, and assist in the continued growth and development of students.

The NRHC encompasses Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

The NRHC welcomes as members both individuals — students, faculty, and administrators — and institutions — colleges, universities, foundations, and government agencies


Advantages of NRHC

Student-Centered Approach. Nearly all presentations at conferences are proposed and presented by students, allowing undergraduates to showcase their research. Students can serve on the NRHC Board as Student Representatives, volunteer to serve on the Student Activities Committee, contribute the Student Blog and more. Faculty and administration may nominate their students for scholarships, grants, and awards.

Networking Opportunities. Not only will students get to meet other students from across the region, but Honors directors,
faculty, and staff can network. The northeast has a history of strong leaders in the field of honors education.

Serve as a Leader. Honors directors, faculty, and staff may volunteer to serve on the NRHC Executive Board, giving back to the region. This is also beneficial to the home honors program and institution.

Shape Honors Education in the Northeast. Honors is constantly shifting. With a rich history and strong network, members of NRHC help to advance the quality of student education on the undergraduate level.


Membership Benefits

Members of NRHC have the opportunity to put their students first when participating in regional conferences. However, members also enjoy:

  • Email updates and announcements from NRHC
  • Access to honors resources and materials (i.e. syllabi, assessment information, etc.)
  • Recognition on the NRHC website (member institution websites will be linked on the members page)
  • Promotion of institutional member achievements and news
  • Eligibility to nominate students for scholarships, grants, and awards (i.e. Partners in Park, Minority Scholarship, Student of the Year Award)
  • Reduced conference registration rate
  • Access to the undergraduate research journal




Student-centered—nearly 100% of presentation are created and done by students.   Professionally-centered—there are more presentations geared toward Honors directors, faculty, and administration. Student participation is more limited.
Cost of institutional membership = $100 (included membership for Honors
Cost of institutional membership = $600 (doesn’t include membership for Honors director)
Conference Registration: $295 on
Conference Registration: $425 on
Travel is limited to the northeast corridor, allowing members to utilize vans, Amtrak, and other cost-efficient transportation. Hotel cost per night: $179 on average Travel can be anywhere across the continental U.S. Hotel cost per night: $225 on average



Why Become a Member?

NRHC is an affiliate of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the guiding institution on Honors education in the United States. Both NCHC and NRHC place honors education at the forefront and our organization is not possible without NCHC. Colleges and universities can benefit immensely from membership in both NCHC and NRHC. Understanding limitations
regarding Honors program budgets, we provide a side-by-side comparison below of the approximate costs of membership for both NRHC and NCHC.

Join Us Today!

NRHC offers four levels of membership. Join today before membership dues increase in May 2019.

  • Institutional—$100 per year (includes membership for the institution’s honors program director)
  • Institutional Member Affiliated faculty and staff—$40 per year
  • Institutional Affiliated student—$20 per year
  • Non-affiliated member—$75 per year


Click here to access our membership application.

For additional membership information, please contact the NRHC Executive Secretary:

Dr. Richard Cohen
Nassau Community College