Honors College

Why Consider An Honors College?

Many highly able and qualified students, as well as their parents, believe that the best college education can only be obtained at the super selective and very expensive Ivy and “little Ivy” institutions.  Not necessarily.  An Honors College could be an affordable option offering a first-rate education for the right student.

With costs soaring above the $60,000 a year range, many excellent applicants and their parents are taking a long second look at “honors” colleges at large public universities.  Most of these selective “schools-within-schools” offer students seminar style courses and a built-in community with all kinds of perks.  They encourage interdisciplinary programs, study abroad, and often require undergraduate research and a culminating thesis (super helpful for graduate and professional school admission)- all with a state school price.  Students get the big school experience– the diversity, social life and broader offerings– along with an elite education.

These programs are becoming more and more popular as costs keep rising.  Applications at the University of South Carolina in-state and out-of-state honors colleges, for example, have risen 43%in the last five years and enrollment has risen from 175 freshman in their honors programs to 390 today.  Honors colleges also often sweeten their offer to the most qualified applicants with merit scholarships on top of need-based aid.

But the honors experience is not for everyone.  Students who succeed in these programs are those who are seeking an extra challenge and have a driving intellectual curiosity.

Highly Rated Honors Programs:

  • Arizona State University
  • Clemson University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Houston
  • University of Kansas
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Penn State University
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Oregon

Other Very Good Honors Programs:

  • University of Maryland
  • University of Central Florida
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Temple University
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Delaware
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Florida
  • Indiana University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Virginia

Applying to an Honors College program can be a more intensive endeavor.  In addition to having the GPA and test scores, honors programs required additional work in the form of supplemental essays and interviews.

College Placement Consulting offers comprehensive college planning services.  In helping to identify each student’s next best step in the college process, our goal at CPC is to eliminate stress, de-mystify the process, and internally motivate each student by using state of the art resources and top notch specialists.  If you are interested in learning more, you can schedule a consultation here or contact us at 410-822-4500 or info@teamcpc.com



Susan Patterson
Coordinator of College Counseling – Susan is energized by books, theater, and golf. However, she is also energized by students and particularly working with them to find the college ...
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