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Student Resources and Opportunities

We want you to take intellectual risks, make discoveries, explore the world around you, participate in exciting cutting-edge research projects, engage in community-based learning and find your passion. 

Learn more about the many academic resources and student opportunities available to you here.

Honors College Student Handbooks

To make sure you are on track to complete your Honors College program requirements, you should check the Honors College Student Handbook for your catalog year. All Honors College Student Handbooks for current students can be found here.

testWELL Tutoring

During their academic career, all students can benefit from the assistance of a trained tutor. 

The testWELL Learning Center provides free tutoring services available to all West Virginia University undergraduate students. All testWELL tutors are certified and members of the National Tutoring Association. Appointments are not required: the testWELL Learning Center is open for walk-in tutoring four nights a week while classes are in session.

The testWELL Learning Center is open to all students every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 8-10 p.m. in Honors Hall.

The testWELL Learning Center is also open to all students every Monday and Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. in Lincoln Hall.

Learn more about the testWELL Learning Center.

How to Earn Honors Credit

Honors College students have a variety of options open to them for earning Honors credits, from innovative topics courses from our Honors Faculty Fellows to research or study abroad.  Learn more about all of your options for earning Honors credit.

Opportunities for Academic Enrichment

Honors College students should take advantage of the many opportunities available to them for academic enrichment. Some of those opportunities can be found below.

Tutoring and Mentorship Programs

Tutoring

Want to become a tutor? Honors College students should consider applying to the testWELL Learning Center. Accepted students will receive training and gain membership and certification from the National Tutoring Association

Students accepted into the program near the end of fall semester are required to sign up for HONR 201: Peer Tutoring (spring semester) and HONR 301 Advanced Peer Tutoring (fall semester) and to pass the certification exam. 

Honors Mentoring Program

Students have the opportunity to mentor incoming Honors College first-time freshmen through the Honors Mentoring Program. 

Learn more about the Honors Mentoring Program here.

Undergraduate Research


The Office of Undergraduate Research provides students the opportunity to participate in research as early as their first semester on campus. Every semester, many Honors College students take advantage of the resources provided by this office to match with a professor doing research in their field of interest. Opportunities at West Virginia University include:
  • Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP), which allows freshmen, sophomores and juniors with limited university research experience to use federal work-study funds or gain course credit for undergraduate research apprenticeships with WVU research faculty in both STEM and non-STEM fields; and
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), an eight-week summer undergraduate research experience for students interested in careers in research or graduate school within their disciplines 
More opportunities both at West Virginia University and outside West Virginia University can be found on the Undergraduate Research website.

Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review (MURR)


Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review (MURR), is West Virginia’s only research journal exclusively for undergraduate authors. MURR publishes outstanding research performed by undergraduates at West Virginia University. Check out past issues and contact information to inquire about participating in MURR.

Presenting Your Research

There are many opportunities to present your research to a large audience, from the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium to the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. More information on opportunities to present your research.

Assistance Applying to Nationally Competitive Scholarships and Fellowships



Students interested in applying to nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships should schedule an appointment with the ASPIRE Office

The ASPIRE Office staff provide individual support for West Virginia University students applying to these scholarships and fellowships, working with students on personal statements, mock interviews, and soliciting letters of reference.  Among the approximately 20 nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships the ASPIRE Office works with are: Boren Scholarships, Critical Language Scholarships, Fulbright, Freeman-ASIA, Gates Cambridge, Gilman, Goldwater, Hertz, NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, Rhodes, Schwarzman, Truman and more.

Assistance Applying to Graduate or Professional School

Interested in applying to graduate or professional school? Students can receive assistance from the ASPIRE Office, who are available to review personal statements, discuss entrance exam preparation strategies and solicit letters of reference. See more information on the ASPIRE Office and applying for graduate or professional school here.

Prepare for Health Professional Schools


Are you interested in pursuing a career in healthcare? The Pre-Health Professional Development Office can help you plan your next steps. From healthcare career exploration to application guides to seminars, the office provides supportive and structured pre-health professional development services to current students and alumni. Read more on the Pre-Health Professional Development Office website.

Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award


The Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award is presented annually to a graduating Honors student for outstanding research contributions in the humanities or social sciences that have culminated in the production of an exceptional thesis or capstone research paper. More information on the Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award and how to apply is available here

The Nath Outstanding Graduate Award

One or more students are selected each year as Honors College Outstanding Graduates. The award is granted by a committee of Honors faculty and staff. Nominations can be made by any West Virginia University student, alumni, faculty member or advisor (with the exception of full-time employees of the Honors College). Nominations are due by mid-April each year. 

Completing Your Honors College Program


Students in the Honors College can consult the Honors College Student Handbook for information about completing their Honors College program. Additional information specifically for graduating seniors and students in the second year of the Honors Foundations Program can be found below.

Graduating Seniors

Honors College students graduating from West Virginia University in 2020 or earlier will graduate under the four year Honors College program. This program has two designations: Presidential Honors and Dean's Honors. Students should familiarize themselves with the requirements of both. Information on the requirements for Presidential Honors and Dean's Honors as well as how to apply for Honors recognition can be found here

Please note that students must meet all graduation requirements and deadlines from the Registrar's Office, as well as their academic college, in order to graduate. Students apply separately to receive Honors College recognition.

Graduating seniors participate in the Honors Medallion Ceremony. More information on this ceremony can be found on our Events page.

Honors Foundations Scholars


Honors students entering the Honors College and West Virginia University as first-time freshmen starting Fall 2017 are part of the two-year Honors Foundations Program. Most students will complete the requirements of this program in four semesters, at the end of their sophomore year. More information will be available on applying to complete the program in the coming months. Information on program requirements and applying to complete the program will be found on the Honors Foundation Program page

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