Fifty Honors Programs…

Update: We have now begun tracking additional programs, bringing the total to 75! 
Now We’ll Be Tracking 75 Honors Programs–and Here They are!

The 50 honors programs reviewed in our current guidebook are listed below:

Alabama Honors College
Arizona Honors College
Arizona State, Barrett Honors College
Arkansas Honors College
Auburn Honors College
Binghamton Honors Program
Clemson, Calhoun Honors College
Colorado Honors Program
Connecticut Honors Program
Delaware Honors Program
Florida Honors Program
Georgia Honors Program
Georgia Tech Honors Program
Illinois, Campus Honors Program (CHP)
Indiana, Hutton Honors College
Iowa Honors Program
Iowa State Honors Program
Kansas Honors Program
Maryland, Honors College
Massachusetts, Commonwealth Honors College
Michigan, LSA Honors Program
Michigan State Honors College
Minnesota Honors Program
Mississippi, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (SMBHC)
Missouri Honors College
Nebraska, UNL Honors Program
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Honors Carolina
North Carolina State Honors Program
Ohio State, Honors & Scholars Program
Oregon, Clark Honors College
Penn State, Schreyer Honors College
Pitt Honors College
Purdue Honors Program
Rutgers, SAS Honors Program
South Carolina Honors College
Stony Brook Honors Program
Texas A&M Honors Program
UC Davis, Davis Honors Challenge, ISHP Program
UC Irvine, Campuswide Honors Program
UCLA Honors Program
UC San Diego, Earl Warren Honors, Eleanor Roosevelt Honors
UC Santa Barbara Honors Program
University at Buffalo Honors College
UT Austin, Plan II Honors Program
Vermont Honors College
Virginia, Echols Scholars Program
Virginia Tech Honors Program
Washington Honors Program
Washington State Honors College
Wisconsin, L&S Honors Program

It is important to note that even though the guidebook will review honors programs, the reviews should be regarded as only a first attempt to approach the extremely difficult task of evaluating honors programs and colleges.  For example, one might try to consider an honors program as essentially distinct from the larger university, and focus solely on professors, courses, housing, perquisites, placement rates, etc., within the honors program, without regard to the quality or academic reputation of the whole university.  On the other hand, the guidebook will consider both honors-specific information and university-wide data. The reasons for this approach are that (1) appropriately or not, honors program graduates will first be seen as graduates of the university rather than the honors program and (2) students who begin in an honors program and then withdraw from it still need the benefit of the most credible degree they can obtain.

First, the universities will receive a preliminary, comprehensive review, based on well-known national rankings. Then the honors-specific information will be added, and universities will again be reviewed, taking the honors data into consideration. This step will show the extent to which schools over-perform with respect to well-known national rankings.  Finally, schools will be evaluated within their peer group, as determined by their test and GPA requirements for freshman admission. In the end, universities will have two ways to receive positive results: over-performance in relation to their national rankings and strong performance within their peer group.

It is also important to know that all fifty of the universities whose honors programs are listed above are among the best public universities in the nation.  So even if your state’s university does not stand out in a given category, the university can still be an excellent choice for you.

Finally, if you do not see a university from your state, or you do not see what you consider to be a deserving university program, please know that we also made an effort to include universities from all sections of the country.  Therefore, some universities that we would have liked to include were left out of this first guidebook.

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