Honors Program

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Degree Options

  • Honors Core Curriculum – Incoming freshmen may satisfy all but 3 hours of their general education and University requirements by completing the 34-hour Honors Core, a track that requires six fewer hours for students who are not in the Honors Program.

  • Honors Flex Curriculum – Students who have AP, IB, or dual enrollment credits that fulfill part of their general education requirements may elect to complete 25 hours of honors coursework in the areas for which they have not received credit.

  • Transfer Current Students Flex Curriculum – Students may complete 18 hours of honors coursework with a curriculum tailored to meet their individual needs

Who Would be Interested in the Honors Program?

  • Students who are seeking challenging and inspiring courses in an intimate classroom environment with a maximum of 20 students.
  • Students with a strong academic background who show potential for excellence in college coursework.
  • Students who want to be a part of a caring and engaging honors community.
  • Students who are looking to engage in exciting and unique extracurricular activities such as traveling to and presenting at honors conferences nationwide, participating in community service projects, and attending other social and cultural events.

Why the Honors Program?

There are many benefits to EKU Honors, including:

  • Stimulating interdisciplinary courses unlike any other on campus, taught by teams of faculty who are passionate about what they do.
  • Free textbooks for eight semesters with our Books on Loan Award.
  • Priority registration so students get the classes they need.
  • Eligibility to apply to live in Sullivan Hall, the honors-only residence hall.
  • The Honors Presidential Scholarship for students who do not qualify for a scholarship of greater value.
  • Membership in a community of highly motivated students, caring faculty, and honors staff.
  • Travel to state, regional, and national honors conferences where students present the results of their academic work.

Who is Eligible for EKU Honors?

  • Students must apply and have been accepted to EKU before they can complete their separate EKU Honors on-line application; all EKU Honors applications are due NO LATER than January 7th.
  • Students with a 3.5 or higher unweighted GPA and a minimum 26 ACT are privileged for acceptance.
  • National Merit finalists and semi-finalists are automatically accepted.
  • Students in good standing with another honors program or honors college transferring to EKU are automatically accepted.
  • Participants in the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program and the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts are privileged for acceptance.
  • Students who may not meet the criteria above but believe they have the potential to succeed in the EKU Honors Program are encouraged to apply.

Where Can You Find Some of our EKU Honors Scholars Today?

  • Pursuing professional degrees in medical, veterinary, pharmacy, and other professional schools.
  • Attending graduate schools across the nation.
  • Serving in the Peace Corps, living and working in Fiji and other developing countries around the world.
  • Working as government employees and officials in a range of city, state, and federal agencies.
  • Teaching English as a second language in countries like Japan, Korea, Germany, and Nepal.
  • Working as educators in low-income communities with the national Teach For America Program.
  • Working as teachers in elementary and secondary schools and college professors in a wide variety of academic disciplines.

How Do I Get More Information?

Dr. David Coleman, Interim Director

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

  • Honors Presidential Scholarship
  • Honors Books on Loan Award
  • National Scholarships
  • More scholarships can be found on our homepage!