The honors advantage
Join a community of scholars that maximizes your educational experience at the University of Idaho!
The University Honors Program’s mission is to foster academic excellence and increase your success through curricular and extracurricular activities. Our challenging curriculum, small, discussion-based honors courses with select faculty, additional grant monies for undergraduate research, an honors thesis option, additional academic honors advisors and two honors residential communities offer high-ability students an academic environment in which they can thrive.
Participate in academic enrichment opportunities, including Fireside Chat lectures by honors faculty and editing the student-led honors magazine "The Looking Glass." Present your research and scholarship at regional honors conferences through a program-sponsored trip, join the honors student club or attend cultural events on- and off-campus with free honors event tickets.
Enjoy the support of supplementary academic honors advisors or meet with the Distinguished Scholarships Program faculty fellow to learn about nationally competitive scholarships, such as Goldwater, Fulbright and Udall scholarships.
Make friends with other motivated students from all academic programs and colleges and so much more.
- An honors education enhances the undergraduate educational experience by creating additional opportunities for students to learn, think critically, apply and create knowledge, communicate and collaborate and continue the process towards becoming life-long learners.
- An honors experience is intellectually challenging and forces students to examine new perspectives and to create their own new ways of thinking. It supplements the in-depth, undergraduate major experience by providing additional breadth and depth across the fields of humanities, social science and science.
- An honors education also helps students clarify their own personal values, increase awareness and understanding of themselves and others, and provides the foundation for becoming more effective professionals and citizens.
- A holistic honors experience is enjoyable and filled with a supportive community of learners who hold themselves and each other to high standards.