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Mission & Vision

Our Vision

A rigorous and transformative undergraduate education that lasts a lifetime

Our Mission

As a national leader in curricular and co-curricular education, the Honors College cultivates a community of agile and innovative thinkers, engaged citizens and lifelong learners.


The Honors College combines the advantages of a small community of motivated learners with the opportunities of a diverse and cosmopolitan major research university. 

The Honors College’s intellectually challenging courses, minors and programs emphasize speaking and writing, encourage critical inquiry in disciplined conversation and promote active learning and principled leadership.

The Honors College enables students to participate in co-curricular activities such as global engagement, service learning and mentored research; prepares competitive candidates for major awards; and generates a local, national and international reputation for educational excellence.


The faculty, staff, administration, students, alumni and friends of the Honors College:

  • Seek answers to enduring questions through critical analysis across disciplinary boundaries
  • Pursue and practice inclusion, collaboration, equity and excellence in thought and action
  • Foster effective communication
  • Embrace both professional and arts and sciences education
  • Cultivate friendships