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What is Honors?

The Honors Program is home to USU students brave enough to take Horace’s ancient challenge: Sapere Aude—or Dare to Know. The Honors Program creates a community of dynamic, ambitious, creative students who want not simply to earn a degree at USU but also to create a life-changing experience for themselves. Honors students all learn to integrate the four key parts of an honors education at USU: critical thinking, independent research, interdisciplinary learning, and civic engagement. Our students want to—and will—change the world.

Why Honors?

The Honors Program helps students to create this educational experience by offering many benefits, including...

Honors students receive specialized advising and registration experiences with:

  • Early priority registration;
  • Personalized advising with the Honors Program Coordinator and Advisor, Amber Summers-Graham;
  • Designated honors faculty advisors in each college.

Honors students are eligible for financial support through:

  • Honors Research Funds, which covers research or conference travel and materials;
  • Honors Study Abroad Funds, which supports international travel for academic study or service projects;
  • Honors Scholarships, which fund academic and housing costs.

Honors enhances classroom experience by offering:

  • Honors General Education Seminars that meet USU requirements and create student collaboration about real-world problems;
  • Practical Application Credit for extracurricular academic projects including service, study abroad, internships, research, and creative work;
  • Thesis/Capstone Projects designed by honors students to showcase their research and creative skills to future employers or graduate programs.

Honors students join a vibrant community of students and faculty fostered by:

  • Monthly faculty-student socials that allow students to practice networking skills and develop connections across disciplines;
  • A campus calender and weekly updates about upcominge events on campus; 
  • Honors Housing in the Living and Learning Community (LLC), which is conveniently located next to the honors office, lounge, and classroom.  

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