If you are curious about the world, love to learn, engage in everything, and take risks, then the Honors College at West Virginia University is the place for you.
Combining the attention of a small college environment with the resources of a world-class research institution, the Honors College provides opportunities to enhance their curriculum for students in every undergraduate major across the campus.
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- Academic Support
- Beyond the Classroom
- Honors Housing
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Honors Foundations Program
For first time freshmen, this innovative two-year Honors program is designed
to enrich students’ first years on campus, particularly in their general education
courses and introductory courses in their major. Students apply to this program between mid-fall and early May of their senior year of high school. There are also ways for some first-year transfer students and WVU freshmen to apply to the program.
Learn more about the Honors Foundations Program on its academic page.
Honors EXCEL Program
For WVU juniors, the Honors College Experiential Learning Program (Honors EXCEL Program) supports WVU undergraduate students in experiential and community-engaged learning. Students develop skills in leadership, project management, communication and collaborative scholarship. Students create scholarly products appropriate to their project, while advancing the service mission of West Virginia University. Students typically apply to this program spring semester of their sophomore year at WVU, though some also apply fall of their junior year.
Learn more about the Honors EXCEL Program on its academic page.
The Honors Foundations Program provides ample support to encourage 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.
The Honors College is an interdisciplinary college that offers customized learning
pathways for students who seek to enhance their education with academically
“different” types of experiences.
Our courses are active, hands-on learning laboratories where students can enhance their skills. Students should select Honors courses that will challenge them and inspire them to ask questions, seek impossible answers, and delve into the unknown.
Honors Foundations Program students must complete a minimum of five Honors courses
and 13 Honors credits. Students must also maintain a high GPA. For more information
on requirements, maintaining good standing, and completing the program, visit
Honors Foundations Program Academic page.
As Honors College students, students have access to innovative courses, smaller
class sizes, and leadership development.
Honors College students can take advantage of testWELL Tutoring, a free tutoring service provided by trained upperclass Honors College students. Tutoring is available at both Honors Hall and Lincoln Hall. All testWELL Learning Center tutors are certified members of the National Tutoring Association.
First-time freshmen also receive guidance from Honors peer mentors. Peer mentors are upperclass students at the Honors College who help facilitate the HONR 102: Introduction to Honors course each fall.
Honors College students are assigned an Honors advisor in their major. These advisors know both the Honors College program requirements and the requirements of the student’s major of study, and can advise the student on how to best take advantage of all the opportunities available to them.
While actively enrolled in the Honors Foundations program, Honors students also receive priority registration, registering before all non-Honors undergraduate students at WVU.
Honors College students are also encouraged to explore opportunities to enrich their education across campus, and plan for what comes next after graduating from WVU.
Opportunities include undergraduate research, help applying to nationally competitive scholarships for graduate school and study abroad, and preparation planning for healthcare career paths. See our Student Resources & Opportunities page for more.
Please note that all in-person college campus visits are currently suspended. However,
students can still visit us virtually at this time. Students wanting to visit
WVU should check the
WVU Visitors Center website for the most up-to-date information on available
If you are a prospective student, please see Planning Your Visit to schedule your visit with us. Students can schedule a hall tour, an academic appointment to learn more about the program, or even shadow a current Honors student in their major!
The Honors College offices are located on WVU Downtown Campus in the first floor of Honors Hall at 250 Second Street.
Lincoln Hall, the Honors residence hall for WVU Evansdale Campus, is located
at 1014 Rawley Ave.
Contact us at 304-293-2100 with any questions.