The Marist Honors Program has as its mission developing scholars, leaders and global citizens. In keeping with the overall mission of the College, which espouses an ideal dedicated to helping students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century, Marist's Honors program provides opportunities for academic excellence, leadership, cultural enrichment, and global engagement.

The Program offers outstanding students in all majors a variety of learning experiences in and outside the academic setting. Honors seminars and co-curricular activities, such as field trips and lectures, bring together talented students who seek a more intensive and extensive educational experience. Promoting the adventure of intellectual pursuits, the Program challenges students to achieve their academic potential while they develop as responsible citizens and leaders in an increasingly culturally complex world.

The Honors Program brings together talented students in honors-enriched classes that often coordinate with co-curricular activities such as field trips and lectures. This cultural enrichment exchange is a highlight of the Program. It encourages students to move beyond standard curricula and engage in a broader range of experiences consonant with their interests. Field trips expose students to the cultural life of New York City and other sites of interest, including natural areas, in the Northeast. Students  have opportunities to attend field trips under the supervision of one or more faculty members. The Honors Lecture, scheduled each year, brings the students into direct contact with scholars in various fields, follows a more traditional academic format, and provides a discussion forum in which everyone participates.

A participating student who successfully completes all of the requirements will receive an Honors certificate, a medallion to be worn at Commencement, and special recognition on his or her college transcript.