Ask a College Advisor: Should I Join My School’s Honors College?

Learn from one of our education professionals about the pros and cons of joining your school's honors college.

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by Lonnie Woods III

Published April 14, 2022

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Ask a College Advisor: Should I Join My School’s Honors College?
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Question: Should I join my school's honors college?

Answer: Being invited to be a part of your school's honors college is a distinct honor. It rewards you for your impressive academic performance.

Just like any big decision, it is important to do your research and weigh your options before committing. Generally, the answer to whether you should join the honors college is "yes" — as long as you understand what is required of you.

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Honors college gives students the chance to be a part of an exclusive group, alongside their high-achieving peers. As part of the honors program, students can receive academic and student life benefits, especially in the beginning of their academic career.

Take a look at your school's honors program website before you make your decision to accept.

Honors College Benefits

Factors to Consider

Most honors programs require that students maintain a minimum GPA and complete a certain number of honors courses or experiences.

Some honors colleges also allow students to join at any point in their academic career. Others require students to join before or during their first year of college.

Before you decide to join an honors college, clarify the requirements and benefits of joining by using the program website or by contacting an honors college representative from your school.

Below are some questions that you should consider asking.

Summary

Being a part of an honors college has benefits and some potential limitations. If given the opportunity, most students benefit from the additional resources and academic prestige that honors programs can provide.

Before you apply, do your research through the school's website or during a virtual or in-person campus visit to make an informed decision.

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