All About Honors

Ed note:  This post was written to promote the 2015 honors college fair in Moscow.  This year’s honors college fair will be take place December 1 at the Quality Inn Paradise Creek in Pulllman. The presentation will be from 6:30 to 8 pm but representatives will be there from 6 to 9 to tell you more about their programs.  Email for more information.

On December 2nd from 6:30 to 8 pm Palouse Pathways will be hosting an honors college fair at the Fairfield Inns and Suites in Moscow.  We’re pretty excited about it.


We’ll have representatives and students from the University of Idaho Honors Program, Washington State University Honors College, American Honors at the Community Colleges of Spokane, Eastern Washington University Honors Program,  William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University and the Boise State Honors College.  We’re inviting students from all over the Palouse and from the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and we hope you all will come learn more about honors college opportunities.


So what is an honors college or program, anyway?  Honors colleges and programs are smaller programs designed for more motivated students located within larger universities.  The requirements for admission vary, but these colleges and programs are generally more selective than the schools in which they are located.  Many offer students special living arrangements, smaller courses, individual advising, and opportunities for travel and academic engagement.

So why should you think about an honors college?  Here’s a good sales pitch from the National Collegiate Honors Council: For the bright and talented students, participating in an Honors program provides the challenges necessary to stay motivated and stimulated. Honors education promotes lifelong learning through personal engagement, intellectual involvement, and a sense of community.”  Since success in college and later in life is tied to “feeling supported by a professor or mentor and having deep learning experiences,” I believe that an honors college or program could be exactly what you need.

Our local honors colleges and programs also provide a great compromise: for students who want a selective college and want to stay close to home and/or pay in-state tuition;

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and for students who want small college benefits like small classes and a close-knit student body

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Members of the UI Honors Program in their dorms at Theophilus Tower

and want big college opportunities like R-1 research and big-school athletics.

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So maybe you are saying, sounds great, but I doubt I can even qualify.  Well, you’d be surprised.  The programs we are featuring have different admissions requirements, but you don’t need to be perfect student to qualify.  What you really need is a strong desire to be challenged.

Okay, you say, you’re sold, but how do you decide where to go? Well, here are some things you might want to consider in choosing an honors college or program.  But the BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS COME TO THE PALOUSE PATHWAYS HONORS COLLEGE FAIR December 2nd!  Hope to see you there!





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