What We Do

The primary goals of the University Honors Program are . . .

  1. To educate students through a broad array of challenging coursework and co-curricular experiences.
  2. To equitably recruit, admit, and graduate engaged learners.
  3. To support our students holistically so that they have a positive, meaningful experience at KU.
  4. To foster a diverse student community that is actively engaged in the process of growing personally, professionally, and intellectually.

University Honors fulfills these goals by . . .

  • Challenging our students through rigorous classes and co-curricular programming.
  • Providing personalized support and in-depth advising to each Honors student.
  • Guiding future leaders, professionals, and researchers to real-world experiences that enhance their skills and knowledge, including study abroad, internships, research, and service learning.
  • Fostering a diverse and intellectually rich community based in Nunemaker Center.
  • Connecting qualified applicants with award and scholarship opportunities, particularly nationally competitive scholarships.

University Honors serves the University of Kansas and the State of Kansas by . . .

  • Recruiting and retaining excellent students at the University of Kansas.
  • Educating future leaders, professionals, and researchers and connecting them to our local and regional communities.
  • Providing a collaborative space where faculty, community members, and students engage with cutting edge questions.

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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