Honors colleges and honors programs offer an additional choice to high achieving high school students searching for an academically challenging environment or to those who cannot consider costly private colleges and universities. These schools-within-schools offer academically motivated students the opportunity to study in a smaller, more elite program within a larger, often public, university.
There are dozens of honor colleges and honors programs across the country where a student can study and benefit from the following:
- Reduced state tuition and/or scholarship opportunities
- Special perks such as preferred housing and teaching facilities
- Study among high achieving peers
- Smaller classes
- Internship opportunities
- Research opportunities
- Socioeconomically diverse population of students as a part of a larger university
If you qualify, honors colleges and programs provide an opportunity to get an excellent education as well as a springboard to graduate programs. Consider the pros and cons of these schools as you add them to your list and keep in mind all the factors important to finding the best fit school for you.