University Honors Program

Nunemaker Resources

Nunemaker Center houses the University Honors Program (UHP) at 1502 Engel Road, directly across from Templin Hall.  Student can use the full kitchen downstairs to cook meals and desserts, there are usually snacks around, and coffee can be made upon request. Nunemaker is a great study facility for individuals or groups; having wireless internet and open until 10:00pm Sunday-Thursday.  Keep an eye out in the Honors Weekly Email for fun opportunities, such as guest speakers, movies, and activities.

Weekly emails

Check your email - plain and simple. The University Honors Program (UHP) sends emails weekly about all things pertaining to the honors program. These involve information about research, cool events, guest speakers, scholarships, jobs and internship opportunities.

How to set up an Honors advising appointment

If your honors seminar meets at Nunemaker, chances are your advisor has an office here. In this case, call the UHP office at 785-864-4225 to set up an appointment. If your advisor’s primary office is not in Nunemaker, email him or her directly to set up an appointment. Try not to wait until the last minute to set up an appointment, especially if you’re trying to lift an advising hold or select classes for your next semester.

Requirements to Graduate with University Honors

For students entering Honors FA16 & later:

For students who entered Honors prior to FA16:

Enhanced Learning Experiences (ELEs)

Students must complete four distinct experiences from the list below.  Each ELE may have course-based and/or experience-based paths for completion. No one activity can fulfill two separate experiences (though a course taken toward the 18 hours of Honors credit can also count toward an ELE). Upon completion of each ELE, students will post a reflection question in their KU Portal.

1. Public Service
2. Cultural Literacy & Social Justice 
3. Global Citizenship
4. Aesthetic Engagement
5. Professional Development & Social Entrepreneurship
6. Leadership
7. Research Skills & In-Depth Learning
8. Interdisciplinarity & Breadth of Learning

Student-initiated Experience:  Some valuable learning experiences may not fit neatly into the categories listed above. Students are welcome to propose alternative experiences for review/approval by University Honors Program staff. 

Submitting your Enhanced Learning Experiences

Log into your KU portal. On the front page, locate and click the “Customize” button in the upper left portion. You will then have the option to search for additional panes to add to your KU portal. Search for “undergraduate certificates,” and add this to your page. Locate the button for the “Honors Program” and submit your experience through this mechanism. You will be prompted to complete and submit a description for the experience and a reflection piece, based on the specific ELE question listed.


Honors Program Links:

The Honors Program provides several ways for you to stay connected and informed about events and activities.



   News and Events


Honors Student Council

The UHP Student Council is the student voice in the Honors Program. In addition to representing the honors students on matters of policy, and on search committees, the Council officers and committee chairs work with the honors staff on a variety of projects throughout the year fundraising, community service activities, social events, and information meetings. Check out their website here.

Learning Community Sign-Up Sheet 

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