Should I apply for the honors program?

High-achieving students are often invited to apply for honors programs at the colleges they are considering. While these programs are challenging and involve more rigorous coursework, they also have numerous benefits that students should consider.

Honors programs can make a large school smaller. Students are often part of a cohort that takes classes together. They get to participate in smaller, seminars where they get to know faculty well–which helps with graduate school recommendations and research opportunities.

Honors programs often come with additional scholarships or funding for study abroad or research projects. They may also be additional academic requirements like an honors thesis or capstone experience.

Some colleges have honors housing that helps build community. They may have an honors building/lounge/house where students can study together–again building community.

Students need to balance the added benefits with the additional coursework and decide if the opportunity to be part of the honors community is worthwhile. Often the honors program has an advisor or director. Schedule a meeting with that individual to learn more and ask questions about the requirements and benefits. Ask if you can speak to students who are in the honors program to learn about their experience.

If you need assistance completing your honors application or would like someone to edit your essay, please schedule a meeting with Coffman Consulting to discuss.

Published by Kate Coffman

Kate has worked in admissions, financial aid, college and career readiness for over twenty years. She most recently served as the Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Franklin College. Kate has also worked in admissions at Butler University and Indiana University. Kate has presented at numerous schools and conferences helping families, educators and those who work with youth understand how to be college and career ready, how to apply to college and how to afford their education.

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