University Honors Program Mission

The Honors College Vision Statement:  To cultivate excellence in tomorrow’s citizens by providing a challenging and deeply rewarding education, marked by an innovative curriculum, dedicated and accomplished faculty, a diverse living and learning community, transformative experiential pathways, and community engagement from the local to the global.    

Our community of scholars values excellence, inquiry, innovation, fellowship, and distinction by promoting:

  • the highest standards of academic integrity and excellence across campus.
  • meaningful, innovative, interdisciplinary connections.
  • leadership, research, community engagement, service learning, creative endeavors, international education, and the exploration of diversity.
  • a stimulating residential environment.
  • the integration of academics, learning communities, mentoring, and extra-curricular learning.

Our graduates are:

  • Learners who actively strive to discover the unknown and the complex, who collaboratively pursue knowledge, and who apply that knowledge for a greater benefit
  • Leaders who organize, nurture, and empower others with their examples, ideals, and actions
  • Citizens who reach out, embrace, and invigorate each community in which they participate
  • Catalysts for positive change who create, develop, and advance innovative solutions to complex problems.

Honors students awaken their intellects and learn to:

  • Perceive connections, similarities, and differences among themselves, others, and the world
  • Cultivate interdisciplinary and cross-cultural endeavors that connect the past, present, and future
  • Think open-mindedly about alternative systems of thought, problems, solutions, and actions
  • Communicate clearly, persuasively, and effectively through discussions, debates, writing, active and informed listening, and creative endeavors
  • Mentor and Lead others so as to set an example of integrity, industriousness, compassion, and problem solving
  • Analyze and synthesize concepts and data to seek and entertain the best possible thesis, approach, outcome, and conclusion to a problem or issue
  • Care deeply about their chosen disciplines, their peers, and their communities
  • Understand and Respect the diverse values and beliefs of others while being aware of one’s own limitations
  • Instill trust, fairness, and the highest ethical and intellectual standards in their own thoughts and actions while encouraging others do the same