Public University Honors

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.


April 30: Late consideration, ASU Barrett Honors

Possible late consideration: Kansas State, University at Albany

May 1: Arizona, New Mexico

July 1: Florida State

August 1: Hawaii Manoa

Choosing an Honors Program: Twenty Questions to Ask

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Grants 2014: Public University Leaders

Ohio University Honors Tutorial Grad Hits the Big Time in Sports Journalism at Age 25

Goldwater Scholars 2014: Iowa State, Purdue, UW Madison Lead the Way in Banner Year for Public Universities

Bloomberg Business Week Top Undergrad Programs

Lumosity: The 25 “Smartest” Public Universities

Honors Faculty and Administrative Jobs

Now We Are Also Following 15 Regional University Honors Program

UC Davis to Combine Davis Honors Challenge and ISHP Honors Program

What’s It Worth?  The Economic Value of a College Major

Former Missouri Honors Researcher Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Public Universities Have 27 New Members in the National Academy of Engineering

UT Austin Plan II Honors Senior Wins Outstanding Student Award

Half of 2014-2015 Churchill Scholars Are from Public Universities

What’s the Point of an Honors College? Creativity, Idealism, Genuine Excellence

Dear Congress: Don’t Plunder the Current Pell Grant Surplus

U.S. News Takes Another Shot at Public Universities

Merit Aid: Publics that Fund at least 50% of Tuition and Fees

Kiplinger Best Value Colleges 2014: Biggest Gainers among Publics

PSAT National Merit Qualifying Scores and SAT Equivalencies, by State

Marshall Scholars 2014: Public University Honors Students Win 8 Awards

U at Buffalo Student Adds a Marshall Scholarship to His Goldwater Award

Clemson Calhoun Honors Student Combines Engineering with Global Studies

U.S. News: Major Public Universities with Highest Freshman Retention Rates

Rhodes Scholars 2014: UVA, Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin Have Winners

Surprise: Public Universities Have the Best Academic Departments

Auburn Honors College Student Wins Marshall Scholarship

Schreyer Honors College: A Parent’s Perspective

Arkansas Honors Alum Wins Marshall Scholarship

MSU Honors Student Nominated for Three Major Awards

A Methodology Change: We Will Have More Expansive Data for Prestigious Scholarships

Best Public Universities for Study-Abroad Scholarships

Michigan, ASU, Rutgers, UT Austin Lead in 2013-2014 Fulbright Student Awards

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

Fall 2014 Application Deadlines for Public University Honors Programs

Times Higher Ed World University Rankings 2013-2014

U.S. News Best Undergrad Business 2014:  Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Maryland Gain the Most

U.S. News 2014 Rankings: Lots of Changes for Public Universities

U.S. Has 24 of Top 50 Engineering and Technology Universities in the World

Washington Monthly Rankings: A Strong Resource for Families Earning $75,000 or Less

Princeton Review 2013 Best Public Values: UVA, UNC Chapel Hill

Forbes Rankings 2013: A Mild Shift to Publics

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 Lists 18 Public Universities as Best Values

College Scorecard–Net Tuition Costs After Aid

Business Insider’s Fifty Best Colleges According to Readers

Business Week: Best Public B-Schools Are Virginia, Michigan, Texas, North Carolina

Welcome to the 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 pages on the menu above, and then check out the monthly archives for interesting and valuable information about fifty leading public university honors programs. You can also put in a school name in the “Search this Site” box above the Twitter feed on the upper right side of this page and go directly to the posts that mention the school.

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  Surprise: Public Universities Have the Best Academic Departments. “

If you decide you need even more information than the partial lists on some of our pages, you might be interested in purchasing our book (Yes, We Have a Book) that has detailed stats and narrative profiles for all fifty programs. Before you purchase the book, we urge you to spend some time reviewing the “Methodology” page above.

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