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.
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Why KU
  • 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