The Honors College is a University-wide academic college that serves nearly 4,000 high-ability undergraduates at the University of Arizona. The Honors College enables talented students to reach the highest levels of excellence, engage in research and creative activity, develop a lifelong passion for learning, and improve the quality of life and society through research, leadership and community service.
Admission to The Honors College is highly competitive and selective. Students are admitted on the strength of their academic preparation and achievements in high school or community college.
Honors courses offer a challenging academic experience characterized by personal attention, active discussions, in-depth analysis, accelerated pace of learning, and student-faculty interaction. An honors education encourages interdisciplinary interests, achievement of educational and career goals, and the application of passion and knowledge in real world settings. Graduating with Honors is excellent preparation for graduate or professional school, the path taken by nearly 80 percent of alumni.
Dean: Terry L. Hunt, Ph.D.
- 250 + Honors courses offered annually that allow students to explore ideas in depth through discussion and hands-on experiences
- Vibrant community of scholars including Honors residence halls, alumni events and career and professional development series
- Student clubs such as Honors Student Council, Honors College Ambassadors, Honors Players and Freshmen Events Advisory Board
- A Common Reading, Paladins success course, and freshmen colloquia are key parts of the First Year Program
- $40,000 awarded annually in Undergraduate Research Grants
- Leadership and community service through Honors Civic Engagement Teams and other internship opportunities
- Assistance in applying for nationally competitive scholarships such as Fulbright, Udall, Truman, Goldwater and Marshall
- Interdisciplinary Honors program established in 1963
- Honors became a college in 1999
- 93% of first year Honors students return for sophomore year
- Over the last 5 years, 632 National Scholars from Arizona and across the nation have made the University of Arizona their school of choice
- 17 % of Honors students have double majors & 10 % are seeking double degrees
- 59% of Honors freshmen graduate with Honors in 5 years
- 80% of graduating seniors intend to pursue graduate or professional degree within 5 years
- two-thirds of graduating seniors have participated in research project
- 47% of graduating seniors have participated in performance, public presentation or design project
- Honors alumni rate research experience, network of colleagues, problem solving and critical thinking are the primary benefits of an Honors education
- Member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and Arizona Honors Council