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KU Honors Difference

  1. Honors Courses: Honors courses are small, enrolling an average of 15 to 25 students. The courses enhance the students' experience by acquainting them with first-rate faculty, while satisfying course requirements. The personal nature of honors courses fosters a meaningful academic relationship between the student and faculty. Class time is spent cultivating critical thinking, skill in self-expression, and independent analysis of course material. Students are expected to participate actively rather than observe passively.
  2. Priority Enrollment: Each semester, students in the Honors Program will have the opportunity to enroll in courses prior to all other undergraduates, thereby reducing the scheduling challenges faced by students pursuing dual majors/degrees
  3. Specialized Advising: Incoming Honors students have the opportunity to choose their advisor from among faculty and staff within their field or a related field (some professional schools additionally require their students to meet with advisors in that school).  Additionally, students will also be able to meet with an advisor from the KU Honors program to provide additional assistance. 
  4. Professional Staff: The University Honors Program has full-time staff members and faculty fellows available between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, in Nunemaker Center. Honors Program students are encouraged to meet with the staff and faculty fellows to discuss academics, extracurricular opportunities, or to address any other student issues.
  5. Experiential Learning: One essential component of honors advising is helping students find learning experiences outside the classroom to supplement their course work. The University Honors Program encourages Honors students to participate in research, internships, study abroad, cultural and social activities and community service. Advisors will help students make connections within their school, department as well as contacts outside of the KU community. KU Honors can also help students as they search for and secure both research and internship experiences. Many of these opportunities are listed on our website or in the weekly e-mail.
  6. Location: Nunemaker Center (across the street from Templin at 15th and Engel Road) houses the University Honors Program. Nunemaker has classrooms, conference rooms, meeting and study areas, and a student kitchen. Nunemaker offers wireless internet for students and is open days and evenings.​

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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