University Honors Program
In keeping with the university's commitment to provide educational opportunities consistent with the ability of the individual student, Virginia Tech invites a select group of students to enroll in Honors. University Honors provides a combination of special sections of regular courses, honors seminars and colloquia, tutorials, independent study, and undergraduate research. Honors courses enable students of superior academic talent to be challenged to their full intellectual capacity. The honors faculty includes Alumni Distinguished Professors, University Distinguished Professors, and members of the university's Academy of Teaching Excellence. University Honors represents a combination of study within departments and course work cutting across departmental lines. The program is designed both to broaden and deepen the student's intellectual life.
Entering freshmen are encouraged to apply to University Honors if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.80 (as reported on their high school transcript) and a minimum SAT score of 1350 (critical reading and mathematics) or a minimum ACT composite score of 30. Students who do not meet these criteria but feel an exception should be made are able to apply. We expect that the other components of the application (extracurricular, honors, awards, publications, etc.) will off-set the lower quantitative scores. Transfer students and continuing Virginia Tech students who achieve a GPA of 3.60 or greater are invited to apply. Students remain in the program on the basis of their continued high academic performance and the pursuit of one of five honors diplomas.
Course selection is not necessarily tied to the student's major field of study.
Honors students may participate in honors reading groups, honors colloquia, and honors sections of regular courses. Honors sections of regular academic courses often are offered in biology, political science, history, economics, chemistry, English, mathematics, and psychology. Occasionally, honors sections are offered in other subject areas as well. Departmental honors courses are managed directly by the respective departments.
An honors diploma is a designation to the undergraduate diploma. One University Honors diploma would not suffice at a University such as Virginia Tech. We have created five Honors options for the students eligible for Honors.
Throughout the course of an Honors students career there are several benchmarks for obtaining the various diplomas. Following the freshman year, students declare their diploma intention. Progress towards the diploma is reported annually. As a senior, University Honors students order their honors diplomas.
A primary function of the University Honors staff is to assist students in mapping an Honors diploma that is attainable in conjunction with their departmental degree(s).
There are opportunities for Honors students to become part of one of the Honors communities: Hillcrest Hall and the Honors Residential College (HRC).
The Hillcrest community is home to 106 students and is housed in Hillcrest Hall. The Honors Residential College is located in East Ambler Johnson Hall and is home to approximately 320 students along with Faculty Principals in residence. Both communities are composed of students from all majors and levels, freshmen through seniors.
While students are encouraged to apply for the communities, Honors residence is not a requirement to be a University Honors student. Many honors students also reside in other Living Learning Communities offered throughout the University.
2974H: INDEPENDENT STUDY
2984: SPECIAL STUDY
2984H: SPECIAL STUDY
3004H: HONORS COLLOQUIA SERIES
3954H: STUDY ABROAD
4974H: INDEPENDENT STUDY
4984: SPECIAL STUDY
4984H: SPECIAL STUDY
4994H: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH