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Honors Academy

The Lenoir-Rhyne Honors Academy fosters personal growth and development of highly motivated students. Program students work with their intellectual peers in an enhanced learning environment. The challenging ethos of the Program prepares students for success in their post-graduate experiences. The Honors Academy cultivates responsible citizenship through leadership opportunities on campus and the larger community.


Honors students are enrolled in small classes with other highly motivated, creative Honors students. These seminar-like classes are student-centered and encourage individual and group learning through close interaction with their professors. Honors Program professors are among the finest teachers at the college.

Honors students may apply for travel grants as part of the Broyhill Institute for Leadership program. If accepted, students receive financial support and special instruction in cultural interaction and leadership skills.

The Honors Program Director serves as a "second" advisor to all freshman and sophomore Honors students. The second advisor helps to ensure that new students have the support they need.

The Honors Academy offers social, recreational, and cultural activities as part of the LR Honors experience. Honors students attend symphony concerts, productions of Shakespearean plays and work together in community service events in the Hickory region.

Honors students also have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by serving on the Student Honors Council and other Honors committees. The Council participates in regional and national conferences of the National Collegiate Honors Council.


Our goal is to ensure that Honors Academy students benefit from the LR Honors experience. Active learning and high standards among a community of learners are at the core of the Honors requirements. All Honors students must:

  • Take at least four Core courses offered as honors (the two-semester honors first-year seminar, and two honors sections of level-1 or level-2 core courses)
  • Complete four Great Books courses (one hour each).
  • Participate in community service activities each year
  • Complete a First Year Reflective Essay (part of the first-year seminar)
  • Develop a Portfolio which is due at the end of the junior year (part of HON 301)

Honors students must maintain a GPA of 3.25 to remain in the program and a GPA of 3.5 to graduate with honors. These requirements are designed to provide an enhanced and exciting learning experience.

Awards & Honors

Each Spring, the Honors Program hosts an Honors Thesis competition. Honors and cash prizes are awarded to the winners.

Each year, we offer two Distinguished Scholar awards for top honors students.

Honors students comprise a significant portion of campus leadership positions, from student government president to presidents of clubs, campus organizations, and Greek organizations. Honors students regularly earn Latin Honors (cum laude, magnum cum laude, summa cum laude), and College First Honors, 4.0 GPA.

Scholarship Details

Federal, state and Lenoir-Rhyne financial aid cannot be combined to exceed the cost of tuition.

Dr. Veronica McComb

Associate Professor of History, Director of the University Honors Academy