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Mission & Values of the University Honors Program

Sic itur ad astra. [This way to the stars.]

--University Honors Program's seal

The goal of the University Honors Program is to challenge students to launch extraordinary lives. We do this by providing exceptional classes, advising, and enrichment opportunities to academically talented undergraduates at the University of Kansas. From convocation to commencement, we strive to foster a transformational community of critical thinkers, a community that is diverse, highly qualified, engaged, and motivated to lead.

The University Honors Program's Guiding Values

  • Student Focused: Students come first in everything we do.
  • Inclusive: No student with a passion for and a commitment to learning will be turned away.
  • Supportive: No student must find their way alone.
  • Challenging: No student earns a KU Honors degree without being challenged and growing intellectually.
  • Meaningful: Each student has a unique path toward a meaningful file--we help them identify that path.


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
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