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FAQs

What is the purpose of the Honors College?

The Honors College creates a unique learning environment that promotes trust, risk-taking, independent thinking and intellectual curiosity. To that end, Honors College students take at least one credit of coursework together each semester.

Why should I join the Honors College?

Most students join and remain in the Honors College because they enjoy the uniqueness of the courses and the camaraderie they share with other students. The Honors College holds the highest student-satisfaction ranking of all the college services. Many graduates of the Honors College comment upon how confident they feel in their thinking and their judgments, which has benefited them both professionally and personally. Students also enjoy the out-of-classroom experiences the Honors College presents.

What are the out-of-classroom experiences?

These experiences range from cultural excursions, such as attending a performance at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; to leisure activities, such as an Honors College BBQ; to intellectual discovery, such as attending an Honors Conference. Oh, and don’t forget the Honors World Trip (more on that below).

Will my honors classes be a lot harder?

The goal of an honors course is to be different, not harder. Paper lengths tend to be similar to those of regular sections. The difference comes in the issues we explore, how we explore those issues and the emphasis on student responsibility for directing the class.

Will all my classes be honors classes?

No. In fact, the honors curriculum involves 16 to19 credits, most of which replace general education requirements. Your first course in the honors sequence is English 106, so be sure to register for that class the first semester of your freshman year.

What is the honors European Trip?

All honors students who are actively engaged in taking Honors coursework are eligible to travel with us on the Honors European Trip. The three-week trip takes place in May in even-numbered years. As a reward for academic leadership for those who maintain at least a 3.5 GPA and at least a B in their Honors classes, the university will pay a portion of the trip cost. In recent years, the three-week trip has included two weeks in Rome, Florence, Venice, and Cinque Terre in Italy, and a week in Paris and London.

Who Qualifies for the Honors College?

Students with a 3.5 GPA and a 23 ACT receive automatic admittance to the Honors College. However, any student who is intellectually inquisitive and desires challenge is strongly encouraged to apply.