Welcome, New Honors Students!

Welcome, new Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College students, to an intellectual community that asks big questions and makes bold plans for the future.  We want you to find your passion for inquiry and share our determination to engage in more meaningful work.

We look forward to seeing you soon on the Wichita State campus.  

Save the dates!

  • WS-You Days - April 23 and 30 - Organized for incoming students by the Office of Admissions with participation from colleges and offices across campus, this event includes an Honors table outside of Shocker Hall Building A. Stop by to say hello!
  • Welcome Events: Initium Novum and Induction - Saturday, August 14th - All new Honors students and their families are invited to a student-led orientation called "Initium Novum" and a ceremony to welcome you to Honors. Mark your calendars and look for more information in early spring.
  • Fall Programs - We're just starting to plan fall Honors programming. New Honors students are required to attend Honors Hours to learn about the Honors community in their first year. Look for a calendar in late spring with some of the academic, social, and community opportunities available. 
  • Honors student organizations plan community service and social events throughout the year.
  • Follow the college on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CohenHonorsWSU for events and opportunities each week. 

Finding Your Honors Path

Honors Curriculum and First-Year Advising

Remember that Honors is a different way to do your degree, designed to be measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than traditional college-level learning. Several different Honors curriculum paths comprised of courses that meet general education or major requirements allow you to choose how you earn honors. 

Next steps:

  • Indicate that you are an Honors student on your enrollment questionaire for first-year advising.
  • Take at least one Honors course in your first year. We encourage you to take an Honors course in the fall semester, but we know this doesn't work well for all students. Your first-year advisor will work with you to make the best plan for you!
  • Look for Honors first-year seminars. We plan to offer several honors first-year seminar topics in fall 2021 and spring 2022, including: Facts, Opinions, and Why They Matter; Me and My Place in the World; Food, Culture, and Privilege. 

Visit the Current Students and Graduating with an Honors Distinction pages on our website for more information.

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Honors has 24/7 student space in Shocker Hall with multiple study areas, a break room with a microwave and lockers, a dedicated classroom, computers and free printing.  All Honors students, whether living on campus or off, have 24-hour keycard access to this space. Access has been limited to Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm for academic year 2020-21.

Student Fee and Scholarship Fund

The expanded Honors student space in Shocker Hall, new technology and programs are supported in part by a $50 per semester program fee for all Honors students, effective fall 2019. 

The Honors College Student Council also passed a resolution in 2019 creating a scholarship fund to support students with financial hardship to pay their fee each semester. 

Fee scholarship applications are due each semester in early September and early February.