Honor, distinction, and community

Are you an academically motivated student looking for a challenge? The Honors College at NAU will help you push academic boundaries. Surround yourself with a strong community of engaged scholars for support and inspiration that use civility, compassion, empathy, and humility to make our world a better and brighter place.  


Our rigorous, personalized program of study with honors-distinguished coursework will challenge your intellect and stimulate your love of learning. Upon graduation you will receive special honors distinction on your transcripts, helping you gain a competitive edge early in your chosen career. These Honors highlights serve as proof of your diligence and drive—someone who stands out to future employers or top-notch graduate schools.

The benefits of the Honors community assist you with your transition to college life while helping to ensure your success:

  • small, discussion-based seminar-style classes
  • personalized mentoring from professors and advisers
  • central campus location with classes, faculty, advisers, and program offices right in your residence hall
  • extended library privileges
  • one-on-one tutoring
  • scholarship opportunities
  • unique and enriching department events, lectures, workshops and activities
  • early enrollment

Ernest Calderón Learning Community houses incoming Honors first-year students

Ernest Calderón Learning Community’s academically-focused and 24-hour quiet environment is appreciated by residents who place success in their college career as their top priority. Calderón is a suite-style hall in central campus, offering several study spaces, kitchens, two classrooms, game room, fitness room and third floor “Summit Lounge” featuring a sweeping view of the mountains. 

More information on the Honors Calderón LC, including information on how to apply for Calderón and the Honors LC, can be found here.

Get involved in the Honors community

Bonding with professors and classmates is part of the Honors experience. Lifelong connections with other Honors students form best when working and living together.