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What is Honors?

The University Honors Program is home to USU students brave enough to take Horace’s ancient challenge: "Sapere Aude"—or "Dare to Know." Honors 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 think critically and ask questions, find answers with independent research, share what they learn with their peers and professors, and engage in their communities. At each step, they reflect upon what they learn and become experts at explaining their value of their USU education. Our students want to—and will—change the world.

Why Honors?

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

Honors students enjoy professional and peer advising, as well as registration benefits:

  • Honors offers personalized academic and career advising with a dedicated Honors advisor and peer advisors.
  • Students work with designated Honors faculty advisors in their major/minor departments.
  • Honors students create the schedules they want with early priority registration.

Honors students are eligible for generous financial support:

  • Honors research funding supports well-defined projects with money for materials, training, and/or conference travel.
  • Honors study abroad funding helps students engage in international study or extended international service projects.
  • Honors awards dedicated academic scholarships to students at all stages of the program.

Honors enhances the classroom experience:

  • Honors courses fulfill USU General Education requirements and engage students with real-world issues.
  • Our point system allows students to earn Honors credit for any academic project outside the classroom, including research, creative work, study abroad, internships, and service.
  • Honors capstone projects showcase each student's research and creative skills to future employers or graduate programs.

Honors students join a vibrant community of students and faculty:

  • Honors hosts regular faculty-student socials to develop connections across disciplines and foster networking.
  • Honors requires co-curricular engagement and keeps students updated with weekly messages highlighting upcoming university and Honors events.
  • Honors students live together in Honors House in the Living and Learning Community (LLC) next to the Honors office, lounge, and classroom.  


Apply to the USU Honors Program now!