The Honors College staff provides academic counseling for all Honors students, and all members of the Honors College register with seniors on the first day of the enrollment period, regardless of grade level.
All students accepted and in good standing within the Honors College may apply each semester for Honors College scholarships. Each year, 80 students are awarded a $1,500 Presidential Honors Scholarship. Additionally, 40-50 other students receive awards/scholarships worth $250 - $2,500.
The Honors College staff assists students in finding research assistantships and encourages students to complete an honors thesis. To help with this process, the Honors College provides grants for financial assistance for research and for travel to professional conferences.
Honors courses are taught by prominent faculty—identified by students and colleagues as outstanding teachers and scholars. Many have been recipients of university or state-wide teaching awards.
The Honors College encourages participation in a Study Abroad program so that honors students acquire an understanding of the people, events, ideas, and objects of cultures other than their own. Scholarships for studying abroad are available through the International Education fund. Honors College students may graduate with the designation "International Distinction" by participating in a study abroad program or by exhibiting mastery of a foreign language at the 2023 level.
Honors College students are encouraged to work in their fields prior to graduation. One method is through an Internship with a professional organization that relates to the student's major. As encouragement, many Internships are accepted as credit toward the student's degree.
Honors College staff assist students in identifying and applying for national scholarships and fellowships, including, The National Science Fellowship and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Rhodes, Marshall, Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, National Hispanic Scholarship, and many others.
All Honors College students are invited to reside in the Honors section of campus housing. Students will enjoy the new suite-style living of Laurel Village, while building lasting friendships with other Honors College students.