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 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.
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.
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.
Fall 2015 Honors Application Deadlines for 80 Public Universities
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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