Commit to Academic Excellence
The Honors College community is ready to support your progress throughout your academic career. To join the Honors College, you must be admitted to ACU before you can submit the Honors College Application for consideration. Your application and submitted admission materials are evaluated with strong weight given to your personal statement and references.
This isn’t about more work; it’s about more experience. Led by ACU’s finest academic minds, our students dive deeper to understand the subject matter and wrestle with all of its facets. Explore research in Honors classes, debate ideas in colloquia and push each other toward a more meaningful relationship with God. Are you ready?
Rise to the Challenge
“The challenges I’ve encountered through Honors College are good character development. They’re pushing me so that I’m always developing a strong work ethic.”
Chelsey Powers, nursing major, Honors College student
Honors College Requirements
Honors Course Credits
All Honors students must complete six course credits. These are met by taking Honors sections of major-required courses, philosophy classes or Honors contracts in non-Honors courses.
All Honors students earn at least two colloquia credits. Colloquia are one-hour short courses, taught by some of the most sought after professors on campus, on fun topics full of discussion and interactive learning.
Honors Activity Credits
Depending on which Honors distinction you pursue, you must complete either three (Honors Graduate) or four (Honors Scholar) activity credits. Many options are available based on your personal interests and may include Honors contracts, colloquia, study abroad, internships and more.
Honors Project Thesis
To graduate as an Honors Scholar, an Honors Project Thesis must be completed in addition to the other requirements. The thesis is a senior project in your major completed with supervision by a committee. A seminar is required as part of the thesis.
Explore Your Opportunities
The Honors College encourages students to take advantage of opportunities such as study abroad, internships and mission trips. These high-impact activities add significant value to your student experience. The Honors College supports students in these activities through financial awards called Honors Travel Grants.