Honors Academy

If you’re driven by academic excellence and seek motivating courses to challenge your intellectual curiosity, our Honors Academy could be a perfect fit.

In small, seminar-like courses, you will collaborate with fellow high-achieving students and professors in an enhanced learning environment, designed to challenge your mind and empower growth.

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 in the larger community.


Our Honors Academy director serves as your "second" advisor during your first-year and sophomore years, ensuring you have all the support you need.

Additionally, as an Honor student, you may apply for travel grants as part of our Broyhill Institute for Leadership, where you could receive financial support and special opportunities for cultural interaction and leadership development. You could also serve on the Student Honors Council and other committees.

Along with inspiring academics, our Honors Academy offers you social, recreational and cultural activities.


Our goal is to ensure that you benefit from this experience. These requirements are designed to provide enhanced and exciting learning. As an Honor student you will:

  • 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 yearly community service activities
  • Complete a First-Year Reflective Essay (part of the first-year seminar)
  • Develop a portfolio that is due at the end of the junior year (part of HON 301)
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.25 to remain in the program and a GPA of 3.5 to graduate with honors

Awards & Honors

You will be in good company. Our honors students are often in leadership roles, from student government president to heads of clubs, university groups and Greek organizations.

Additionally, our honors students regularly earn Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude), and College First Honors, 4.0 GPA.

Each spring, we host an honors thesis competition, where you will have the opportunity to win awards and cash prizes.

Each year, we offer two distinguished scholar awards for top honors students.

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