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The Honors Program is home to USU students brave enough to take Horace’s ancient challenge: Sapere Aude—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.
The Honors Program helps students to create this educational experience by offering many benefits, including…
• Advising: Honors students get early priority registration and personalized advising with a Faculty Honors Advisor in the student’s major department and the Honors Program Coordinator and Advisor.
• Funding: Honors students qualify for Honors-only financial support from the Honors Research Fund (covers research or conference travel and/or materials), the Honors Study Abroad Fund (supports international travel for academic study or service projects), and Honors Scholarships (fund academic and/or housing costs for select Honors students).
• Coursework: Honors students enjoy enhanced classroom experiences, featuring Honors General Education Seminars that meet USU requirements and create student collaboration about real world problems; Practical Application Credit for extracurricular academic projects such as service, study abroad, internships, research, and creative work; and Thesis/Capstone Projects designed by Honors students to showcase their research and creative skills to future employers or graduate programs.
• Community: 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 Calendar and weekly updates about upcoming events on campus; and Honors House in the Living and Learning Community, which is conveniently located next to the Honors office, lounge, and classroom.