Monthly Archives: March 2012

Goldwater Awards for 2012 Announced!

The 2012 Goldwater Scholarships for undergraduates to do research in science, technology, engineering, and math have been announced, and students from all but six of the 50 universities under review have won at least one award, with Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, … Continue reading

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Leading Programs, by Size of Honors Enrollment

The average honors enrollment among the fifty universities under review is just under 1,800 students. Honors colleges and programs that invest the time and resources into sustaining excellence for so many students deserve special recognition. Below is a list of … Continue reading

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Methodology for Evaluating Honors Programs

First, evaluating university honors programs is far from an exact science. While this is also true of all college “rankings,” it is even truer of honors colleges and programs. Our own project began with modest aims, and it is ending … Continue reading

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Top Programs, Schools with Engineering Focus

Category IV: At Least 40% of Students Are in Agriculture, Business, or Engineering. Alphabetical listing: Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, North Carolina State, Purdue, Texas A&M, and Virgina Tech. Please note that the honors programs at these universities offer … Continue reading

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Top Programs, SAT Minimum 1220+

Category III: SAT 1220, ACT 27, GPA 3 .75 Alphabetical listing of Category III: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado,Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio State, Oregon, and Rutgers. OVERALL HONORS EXCELLENCE (includes prestigious scholarships, such as Rhodes, Marshall, Truman): 1. Arkansas 2. Mississippi 3. … Continue reading

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Top Programs, SAT Minimum 1300-1400

Category II: SAT 1300–1400, ACT 29+, GPA 3.75 (some also require one or more essays). Alphabetical listing: Arizona State, Arizona, Binghamton, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, South Carolina, Stony Brook, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Santa … Continue reading

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Top Programs, SAT 1400+

Category I: SAT 1400, ACT 32 , GPA 4.0 (some also require one or more essays). Alphabetical list of programs in Category I: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Pitt, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UT Austin, Virginia, … Continue reading

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Top Honors Programs

We believe that both listings below need to be considered in order to have a reasonably complete view of honors programs. OVERALL EXCELLENCE incorporates more university-wide data than the HONORS FACTORS list includes. Some of the most highly-regarded public universities … Continue reading

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Honors Curriculum: Flexibility vs. Structure

Common sense suggests that there would be three basic types of honors curricula: structured, flexible, or a combination of the two. And that is the case, based on our review of the curriculum descriptions on the 50 websites of the … Continue reading

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Prestigious Scholarships and Unfair Competition

No, this is not a post about scandals or outrageous behavior on the part of over-zealous or unethical promoters of prestigious scholarships, who sometimes surface in the intense competition to bring home major awards to campuses. The unfair competition we … Continue reading

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