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Honors College

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Honors students are talented and motivated to succeed at the exciting challenges this community offers. The Honors College is great preparation for graduate/professional school or being hired for your dream job after graduation.

The Honors College is an interdisciplinary college that offers customized learning pathways for students who seek to enhance their education with academically “different” types of experiences. Our courses are active, hands-on learning laboratories where students can enhance their skills. "Honors" does not necessarily mean "harder," or "more work." Students should select Honors courses that will challenge them and inspire them to ask questions, seek impossible answers, and delve into the unknown.

The Honors College houses two sequential academic programs (Honors Foundations and Upper Division Honors) as well as offices that serve all students across campus;  the ASPIRE office, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Pre-Health Professional Development office.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE "HONORS COLLEGE" AND THE "HONORS FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM"?

Honors Foundations is just one program that the Honors College offers. It is the gateway program for high-achieving undergraduate students entering WVU, providing enhancement opportunities for first and second-year students in their general education and introductory courses. An Upper Division Honors program is in development for Fall 2019.

WHERE WILL I LIVE?

The Honors College community will be found either at the Honors Hall or Lincoln Hall. 

Home of the Honors College, Honors Hall is conveniently located just two blocks from the Life Sciences Building and PRT and within easy walking distance to downtown. Students have the opportunity to live either in a single or double suite with suite-styled bathrooms.

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Lincoln Hall is within easy walking distance of (or a quick PRT ride away from) Evansdale buildings, as well as businesses along Patteson Drive and University Avenue. Students have the opportunity to live either in a single or double suite with suite-styled bathrooms.

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HOW DO I BECOME AN HONORS SCHOLAR?

The process for admission to the Honors College begins when you complete the  WVU Application. The Honors College will review applications and send eligible students an invitation to confirm their interest in the WVU Honors College with a 250-word statement about their intention to join. 

Eligibility is determined by a combination of high school GPA (weighted GPA considered) and standardized test scores ("super-scores" considered).

Beginning for the class entering Fall 2017, most eligible students will meet the following criteria:

It is also possible to join the Honors College after  a successful first semester, or if you are  a transfer student in good standing in an Honors program at your previous institution. 

Statement of Interest

Students invited to participate in the Honors Foundations Program will be asked to complete a 250-word statement of interest to confirm their desire to join the Honors College.  Use this space to talk about how the offerings and opportunities that come with being an Honors student will help you reach your goals for college and beyond.  Instructions for submitting the statement of interest are contained in the Honors Invitation letter.

UPPER DIVISION HONORS ADMISSIONS

Applications are now being accepted into the Honors College. Click here to find out how you can be a part of the Honors College experience!


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