Frequently Asked Questions about the Honors College

What are some of the benefits of participation in the Honors College?

Here are just a few of benefits Honors College students enjoy:

  • special courses designed specifically for Honors College students
  • access to award-winning faculty
  • the Honors Roundtable, a dinner event held each semester featuring a guest speaker
  • leadership opportunities on campus and in the community
  • faculty mentors who meet a number of times face-toface and one-on-one each semester with their students
  • the Honors College online community
  • opportunities to attend cultural events such as the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Ballet
  • social events just for Honors Scholars
  • small seminar-styled classes that encourage scholarly discussion and active learning
  • a curriculum focused on great works of western civilization
  • service-learning opportunities
  • academically challenging, writing intensive courses that prepare students for a variety of careers and postgraduate study

What is the environment of the Honors College like?

The Honors College at HBU is housed primarily in a suite of offices in the Atwood 1 building on HBU’s campus. Honors College seminars are taught in an interdisciplinary form, and Honors College faculty with different kinds of expertise (e.g., literature, political science, philosophy, history) lead the seminars, usually with no more than fifteen Honors College students.

How does student life for an Honors College student compare to that of a regular student?

While the Honors College forms a specific learning community for Honors Scholars, much of your student life will be the same as any entering freshman. Students admitted to the Honors College will enjoy interacting with one another, but we also expect that you will find good friends in your majors, clubs and simply around campus.

Is there a residential component to the Honors College?

Yes. Honors College freshmen entering HBU may request to have a roommate who is also a member of the Honors College. The Honors College also partners with Residence Life to provide an Honors College living-learning community for all Honors College students who live on campus. Living on campus gives you an opportunity to hang out, connect, study, and just be together. Please note that even though we think your Honors College experience will be enhanced by taking advantage of our residential facilities, Honors College students are not required to live on campus.

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