What kind of a difference can the University Honors Program make for you?

The University Honors Program received a 5 out of 5 ranking in its latest review[1], making us 1 of only 7 honors programs nationwide to receive a perfect score.

Why is University Honors so highly ranked? Because of our brilliant students and the unparalleled individual advising they receive. Each student chooses his or her own advisor from amongst the best faculty and honors staff members across the university.

This unique attention and the flexibility of our curriculum allow our students to study abroad, undertake graduate-level research, and work within their professional field far more, and far earlier, than their peers. Over 60% of our students study abroad; our top students win top research scholarships at an unsurpassed rate; our students get involved on-campus and in the community.

The University Honors Program truly offers its students an Ivy League education, and far more individual attention to pursue their unique goals than anywhere else.

Apply to the Honors Program today.

[1] Willingham, John.  2014.  A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs



A successful University Honors student takes advantage of the many transformational opportunities provided by the program. Small honors classes taught by KU's best faculty engage the student's intellectual curiosity; first-year learning communities and freshman seminars acquaint the student with research and campus resources; and experiential learning through study abroad, service learning, internships and research add breadth and depth to the honors experience.

Awards and scholarships help provide students with financial resources to pursue these transformational opportunities. Personalized advising and mentoring are hallmarks of the Honors Program.  There are also many opportunities for student involvement with the Honors Program such as our Honors Ambassador and Peer-Mentor Programs.Please take advantage of these great resources to help you maximize your KU Honors experience.


In May 2012 180 new graduates joined the distinguished ranks for the alumni of the University Honors Program. These new alumni headed off on new adventures, as have our graduates in the past. Several will join the Peace Corp, Americorp or Teach for America while others will being diverse Ph.D. programs such as biomedical engineering at Duke, clinical psychology at UCLA, and molecular cell biology at Harvard. While the majority will stay in the United States, a large number of our graduates will travel the world, study or work in places such as Peru, West Africa, Spain and Italy.

We are so proud of all our recent alumni and the hundreds of other former students who have gone off to do great things and we love hearing about your current adventures. We at the University Honors Program are very committed to staying connected with our alumni as we value your ideas, input and contributions of all types.

The University Honors Program Advisory Board is a very important part of that connection. Our current Board Chairman, Lumen Mulligan (C'95), who lives in Lawrence and teaches at KU Law School, provides outstanding leadership for the Board which is comprised of Honors Program alumni, faculty and students. The Board has been instrumental both in guiding program development and in raising much needed funds for our students and programs.

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Congratulations to all the The University of Kansas faculty who received promotions this year, and especially to #KUHonors faculty Dr. Tara Welch & Dr. Henry Bial! news.ku.edu/chancellor-announces-faculty-promotion-and-tenure-2015
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Chancellor announces faculty promotions, tenure for 2015 Fri, 05/01/2015 LAWRENCE — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has approved promotion and the award of tenure where indicated for 67 individuals at the University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses and 46 individuals at KU Medical Center. C…

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3.96: Unweighted high school GPA for incoming 2014 honors freshmen
98% of University Honors Program seniors are employed or accepted to graduate school upon graduation
32.4: Average ACT score of current University Honors Program students
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduating, and 60% study abroad
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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