Honors Ambassadors

Applications are reviewed each spring. If you have any questions, please contact Harry Swartz. 

Has the University Honors Program played an important role in your education at KU? Would you like to help other high-ability students decide to come to KU, and help make sure that they succeed once they arrive? Do you remember how important it was to speak to our best and brightest students when you were trying to make your college decision? Give back to Honors by joining its talented, enthusiastic corps of Honors Ambassadors.

As the Honors program identifies and recruits high-ability prospective students, Honors Ambassadors play an important role in making those students and their families feel comfortable at KU. Accordingly, ambassadors are asked to assist with a number of recruiting events. Involvement can range from speaking one-on-one with prospective students about your academic field and experience with Honors to giving brief presentations on your experience to larger groups of students and parents.

Ambassadors must have strong communication skills and feel comfortable speaking to other students in a variety of structured and unstructured settings.

Honors Ambassadors work closely with the Honors program staff in planning information sessions and welcome receptions held in Nunemaker Center. Honors Ambassadors help to represent the Honors program at various campus recruitment events. The time commitment for this program varies depending on the student's schedule. Honors Ambassadors have flexibility in determining their level of participation in events and programs.

Membership:  Current students in the University Honors Program, selected through the process detailed below.

Purpose:  To provide a positive student contact for prospective students and their families as they consider Honors at KU.  Such contact would occur through on-campus recruitment events, an annual spring reception for prospective students and families, and other recruitment events designed by the Honors Program.

Mission: Recruitment is most effective when it includes a variety of voices, including students.  Honors Ambassadors will develop teamwork, communication, and leadership skills as they meet with families and plan events to enhance the recruitment process.

Selection: Current students in the University Honors Program can apply during the Spring semester for the following academic year.  The application process and timeline will be sent to all students in the Honors Weekly, typically after Spring Break.  Well-qualified applicants will be interviewed by the program coordinators.

Duties of Honors Ambassadors: 

  • Co-present with Honors staff during prospective student visits
  • Represent the program at on campus recruitment events
  • Attend select in-person and virtual Honors Receptions for admitted students
  • Participate in outreach efforts (i.e. letter writing to admitted students)
  • Help welcome incoming students during Hawk Week and at other events aimed at first-year Honors students.
  • Attend training sessions and Ambassador/Seminar Assistant meetings throughout the year.

Applications to be a Seminar Assistant or Student Ambassador for the 22-23 academic year have closed.



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