Public University Honors

Welcome to the somewhat wonkish, entirely independent Public University Honors site! This is the only site on the web that is devoted entirely to the evaluation and discussion of public university honors programs and public honors colleges. Please visit the menu pages or put in a school name or other topic, such as “rankings,” in the Search box above the  and go directly to relevant posts. For short, more frequent posts, please go to Honors News.

Many people start out with the “Top Honors Programs” page, above, or “Rankings, Academic Departments,” or “College Value–Public Honors vs. Private Elites,” or the  post
Rankings, Academic Departments: Private Elites vs Publics. Another helpful page, especially in the summer and fall, is Choosing an Honors Program: 20 Questions to Ask.

The Issue of “Elitism” in Honors Colleges and Programs

The New Yorker on the Real Value of a College Education

Rutgers Honors College: A New Home and a New Living/Learning Community

Paysale 2015-2016: Early Career Salaries, by University, Grad and Professional Degrees

Thoughts on NY Times Letters about Honors Colleges

Best Campus Food!

Texas A&M BBA Honors Program: Selective and Rigorous

Here’s a List of Business Honors Programs

Is Class Rank a “Disappearing Metric” for College Admissions?

The Latest from Illinois at Chicago Honors

Texas A&M Is All-in When It Comes to Engineering

UT Austin Business Honors Program: A Great Launching Pad

Updated: Fall Application Deadlines for 80 Public University Honors Programs

Forbes Best College Rankings 2015: Still Unfriendly to Public Universities

New: Honors and Career Success

Opinion: Scott Walker vs. The Wisconsin Idea

Here Are the Public Universities That Award the Most Non-need-based Aid

How Much Should Public Universities Spend on Merit Aid?

Is It True that 80% of Elite Students Are Accepted by Elite Colleges?

U.S. News National University Rankings, 2008–Present

Archive of U.S. News Rankings 1983–2007

Truman Scholars 2015: Montana State, UVA, Wisconsin Lead Publics

Accepted to All Ivies and Stanford–Chooses Alabama Honors

The Top Ten Percent Rule in Texas: Highly Questionable Results

Here Are 23 Reasons for College Choice–and a Note on Honors Options

Times Higher Ed World Rankings 2014-2015: Top Engineering and Tech Universities

Goldwater Scholars 2015: Alabama, Clemson, Maryland, UMass, Minnesota, and Rutgers Lead the Way

National Science Foundation Fellowships 2015: Publics vs Private Elites

Rankings, Academic Departments: Private Elites vs Publics

U.S. News Rankings at Odds with Quality of Academic Departments

Once Again, The New Republic Weighs in on the Ivies, and Here’s our Response

UT Austin Plan II Honors Student Is Making Biomedical History

UW-Eau Claire Rhodes Scholar: Personal Attention for Honors Student Made the Difference

Here’s The Business Journals’ Top 100 Public Colleges–and our Analysis

Alternative U.S. News Rankings: Lots of Surprises

Note to Parents: Changes in Major, Uncertainty about Careers Are Common

Gallup and Purdue Study: Well-Being for Grads Requires More than Income

Based on Academic Reputation Alone, Publics Would Be Higher in U.S. News Rankings

The Academic Reputation Ranking in U.S. News: What It Means for Honors Students

Meet Robert Fisher–Rhodes Scholar 2015, UT Chattanooga

Marshall Scholars 2015: Eleven Public University Winners

Meet Tayo Sanders–Rhodes Scholar 2015, UW-Eau Claire

Rhodes Scholars 2015: Ivies Dominate, but Publics Earn Seven

Honors Programs with Lots of Honors Courses–and Small Classes

Best Value-Added Honors Programs 2014

U.S. News Rankings 2015: Another Down Year for Many Public Universities

Honors College, Honors Program–What’s the Difference?

Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League–from The New Republic

“Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League”–Our Response

New! Best Honors Residence Halls 2014

NEW!  Our second edition is now available in digital and hard-copy versions.  Please go to Yes, We Have a Book if you’re interested.  If not, you have almost 300 posts to choose from on this site–and we appreciate your interest.

Note to readers arriving from the following link to our site in The Atlantic piece titled “The Tyranny of the College Major.” We appreciate the defense of the General Education standards offered by the author of the Atlantic piece, but his suggestion that honors colleges allow students to skip Gen Ed classes by applying AP credits is not accurate.  Some honors colleges and programs allow this to occur, but many, perhaps most, either require honors Gen Ed courses to meet the Gen Ed requirements of the university or require honors students to take electives, usually upper division, in place of the Gen Ed courses.


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