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Honors Advance FAQs

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What is Honors Advance?

The 2022 Honors Advance program is an opportunity for incoming Honors students to more successfully transition to their first year at WVU, while earning three hours of Honors credit toward the 13 hours required by the Honors Foundations program.

Ashley Watts speaking with students.

What will the Honors Advance course look like?

This course will have two components:

  1. Becoming a Strong Mountaineer: This portion of the course will be structured around Gallup’s  "Strengths Quest for Students," which will help students determine their own strengths. The students when will learn (through individual coaching and individual and group problem solving) how they can use those strengths to be successful at WVU and beyond. Your leader for this part of the course will be Dr. Ashley Watts, our Honors College program coordinator.
  2. Honors Book Club: During Honors Advance, participants will read, review, and discuss three books (one per week), which will help them become acclimated to a college-level reading load. The first book students will read is the 2022-2023 Campus Read, Charles Yu's Interior Chinatown. Your leader for this part of the course will be Dr. Kevin Gooding, director of the Honors College Living-Learning Community and director of Honors Advance.

What else will we do during the 3 weeks of the program?

The Honors Advance experience will also include extra- and co-curricular activities chosen to help students become familiar with the opportunities and resources available to them as WVU students. These activities include trips with team building and problem solving activities with  Adventure WV, a WV Black Bears baseball game, and visits and sessions with representatives of various units around campus (Career Services, International Affairs, etc.), etc.

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When does the program take place?

The program runs for three weeks from  Sunday, July 10, to Saturday, July 30, 2022.

How much will Honors Advance cost?

The total cost for the program is approximately $2600,  which includes room and board and a fee to cover programming and activity costs. These fees will be charged to your student account. The university has waived tuition for the associated course.

How will we pay for the program?

All charges for Honors Advance will be assessed to your WVU student account. 

Can we use financial aid to help pay for the program?

The only applicable financial aid will be student loans and Pell Grant money. To use either one, you must first complete and submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA.  Please note: Summer term counts as part of the 2021-2022 Academic year, and therefore requires the 2021-2022 FAFSA.

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Where will I live during the program?

You will share a double room in a suite in Lincoln Hall on Evansdale Campus. There are two double rooms in each suite, which includes its own bathroom.

What if I need academic accommodations or special housing arrangements?

Please contact WVU's Office of Accessibility Services.

Is there a registration deadline?

Yes, Friday, June 3, 2022, or once the program has filled. 

Where do I register to attend?

Complete the Honors Advance registration form here.

What is the Lincoln Hall street address (for the GPS)?

Our street address is 1014 Rawley Avenue, Morgantown, WV.

What if I register for the program and discover that I cannot attend?

Please contact us ( as soon as possible, and no later than June 15, 2022, to let us know, so that we can open your spot for another interested student and make sure that you are not charged for the program.

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