Honors colleges and honors programs are another path to consider for college bound students. These programs function as schools-within-schools, offering the chance to study in a smaller program within a large, often public, university. Typically, selective and academically challenging, this is an option worth considering for high achieving students or those looking for an alternative to costly private colleges and universities.
There are many honors colleges and programs offering the following advantages:
- 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 part of a larger university
If you qualify, honors colleges and programs provide an opportunity to receive 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.