All students enroll in an Honors seminar during their first semester. The seminar serves as an introduction to the intellectual life of the University for new Honors students.

While closely examining a specific topic, students develop skills in research, reading, writing, and in-depth discussion, making connections to enhance their transition to the University. The instructor of the seminar serves as the Honors Faculty Mentor for the enrolled students.

We encourage you to click the button below and explore the available Honors Seminars for Fall 2020, so that you can come to orientation with a few favorites in mind.


KU Today
Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
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
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty