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University Honors Program Receives Top Rating

Friday, October 28, 2016

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Honors Program is one of 11 universities nationwide to receive a “Five Mortarboard” rating in Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs. The program has been top rated in each of the past three editions of the publication (2012, 2014, and 2016).

University Honors Program Director Bryan Young is pleased that the program remains highly rated and gives much of the credit to students and faculty.

“Our Five Mortarboard rating is a confirmation of the incredible students, staff and faculty who are associated with the program,” Young said.

Public University Press rates 60 public honors programs on a set of 12 criteria biennially. The criteria include graduation rate, honors classes, faculty/student ratio, prestigious awards, honors housing, class size and enrollment.

The KU Honors Program puts emphasis on each of these areas to provide the best possible opportunities for students. The program received particularly high ratings in the areas of prestigious national scholarships won by students, the availability of honors courses, and graduation rate.

“The KU Honors Program provides enhanced academic challenge and a community of scholars within the framework of an AAU, research-intensive university,” Young said. “We’re proud to make the academic challenge and support of an elite private institution accessible to students in Kansas.”


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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