Honors Academy

The Honors Academy is a distinguished living-learning community devoted to scholarly inquiry, discovery, and innovation in the arts and sciences. Honors students from all majors engage as a cohort group in special Honors general education and advanced themed interdisciplinary seminars taught by Honors Faculty Fellows. The seminars include a Maymester group study abroad in Europe. The Academy sponsors many unique cultural activities, including field trips, mentoring sessions, meeting with civic leaders, and enjoying honorary dinners and socials. 

The Honors Academy is governed by the director, the faculty honors committee, and the student honors club and president with elections and special planning forums in which all students have a voice. The student honors club receives special event funding every year. Honors Academy graduates are publicly recognized with a high distinction award for outstanding academic and social achievement. 

Admission into the Program

The Honors Academy accepts students out of high school who have achieved an excellent GPA, superior SAT scores, and who have shown overall excellence in service and advanced placement courses. It is open to students in any major.

Students meeting the minimum criteria are eligible to apply to the Honors Academy.
  • Minimum 3.75 grade point average
  • Minimum test scores of ACT 27 or SAT 1200 or new 2016 SAT 1270 (SAT critical reading and math combined)

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and complete the required Honors Academy coursework.

For More Information

Dr. James Norton 
Director, Honors Academy

Vickie Carson 
Administrative Assistant


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