What is the Honors College?

The Honors College is an academic curriculum of coursework and a capstone project, co-curricular activities designed to enrich the mind, a home in Lafayette Hall, and a group of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to a challenging and rewarding college experience.

Who can apply? What are the criteria for acceptance?

You can! We want amazing people to apply, so you should apply. Smart, funny, extraverted or introverted, ambitious and self-starting, goal-oriented, music obsessed, scientifically curious, entrepreneurial, arts loving, career seeking, service minded, or some combination of the above. We do not require any set ACT/SAT or GPA to apply. We want anyone who is interested in the Honors College to apply. Anyone with a zest for learning new things and big dreams should definitely apply! If you want to be the best and be with the best, just apply!

The Honors College examines applications in five areas: GPA, standardized test scores, demonstrated leadership, service to the community, and writing ability.

Do I have to apply separately for Honors College Scholarships?

No, we take care of that for you, but you must apply for other UNA scholarships.

Are there any costs associated with the Program?

No, the Honors College pays for all activities and awards scholarships to all its members.

Am I required to live in Lafayette?

No, students in the Honors College may live wherever they wish, but we strongly recommend Lafayette at least for the first year. There is a direct correlation between success in college (and in the Program) and living in Lafayette.

Do I need to apply for Housing if I want to live in Lafayette?

Yes, you must complete the application form available from Housing and include a Housing deposit to reserve a space in Lafayette.

Does the Honors College accept transfers?

Yes, we consider transfer applicants on a case by case basis. If you are considering transferring to UNA and are interested in the Honors College, you should apply as soon as possible.

Will all my classes be Honors courses?

No, Honors students take a mix of Honors and regular courses. Students may also contract regular courses for Honors credit.

What differentiates an Honors course from a regular course?

Typically, Honors courses have smaller enrollments (15 or fewer), are oriented toward discussion rather than lecture, and involve a greater emphasis on writing and presentations for the grade. 

Can I participate in other activities and be in the Honors College?

Absolutely, we want you to be fully involved in campus life. Honors students participate in varsity athletics, marching band, student government, campus ministries, Greek life, and other programs too numerous to mention.

Is the Honors College for me?

Come visit us and find out.

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