Category Archives: Types of Honors Programs

Choosing an Honors Program: Twenty Questions to Ask

We have noticed that many students apply to prominent public universities and then, almost as an afterthought, begin to wonder if the honors program at University A makes that school a better choice than regular admission to the higher-ranked University … Continue reading

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

Editor’s Note:  The following article by Nancy M. West, Director, University of Missouri Honors College, originally appeared in the January 27, 2014, edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education. At a baseball game two summers ago, as other parents cheered … Continue reading

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Now We Are Following15 Regional University Honors Programs

Recently, we began tracking 75 leading public university honors colleges and programs, and now we are following an additional 15 “regional” university honors programs.  The term comes from the ranking category of these institutions by U.S. News.  Generally, they are … Continue reading

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Honors Colleges vs. Honors Programs: NCHC Survey of Smaller Institutions

The leadership of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) has completed a survey of more than 400 honors colleges and programs, many of them at smaller institutions.  The average total enrollment at the colleges surveyed is 6,484.  The average size … Continue reading

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At UVA You Can Be Both and Echols Scholar AND a Jefferson Scholar

In our book, A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs, the Echols Scholars program at the University of Virginia ranked number two in Overall Excellence and number six in the category of Honors Factors Only.  (Please see our Methodology … Continue reading

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MSU Lyman Briggs College Is a Great Answer to STEM Demand

While the state of Florida plans to charge less tuition for STEM majors, the Lyman Briggs College at MSU has been attracting students in these high-demand fields for more than 40 years without penalizing students in the humanities and social … Continue reading

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Temple University Honors Program: Great Housing, Strong Curriculum

We are long overdue in writing a profile of the Temple University Honors College in Philadelphia, but what from what we have learned, we can say it is well worth writing about and considering as an honors option. The college … Continue reading

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Elite Public Business Programs: Michigan, Virginia, UNC, and UT Austin

The four pubic university undergraduate business programs that appear near the top of many rankings are those at the universities of Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina Chapel Hill, and UT Austin. All four are highly selective, especially the Ross School of … Continue reading

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NCHC Conference: UC Irvine Develops Exemplary Transfer Option for CC Honors Students

Already recognized as a leader among major public universities for the quality of its Campuswide Honors Program (CHP), the University of California-Irvine has also made a success of the “honors to honors” program that helps to guide high-performing community college … Continue reading

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NCHC Conference: A Student Board of Directors Candidate Speaks Out

Planning a national conference in Boston, the birthplace of American Independence, allowed the National Collegiate Honors Council to go with their instincts and tie many conference presentations to the individual and independent character of honors programs–and honors students. One such … Continue reading

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