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 your reason to engage in more meaningful work.

Welcome to a Shocker Honors alumni network of 1000+ strong! 

Meet just a few of our notable alumni in our alumni welcome video.

We look forward to seeing you soon on the Wichita State campus. Contact us if you have questions!

Save the dates!

  • Welcome Events: Initium Novum and Induction - The Saturday before the first day of fall classes - all new Honors students 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.
  • Fall Programs - We're starting to plan fall Honors programming. New Honors students are encouraged to attend Honors Hours and other events to learn about the Honors community in their first year. Take a trip downtown with students and faculty, bike the trail near campus, play games - all sorts - and more.
  • Stay connected with ZeeMee! Join now to ask questions of current honors students, meet incoming students, and start to build your honors community.
  • Follow the college on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CohenHonorsWSU for events and opportunities each week. 

Find Your Honors Path

Honors Curriculum and First-Year Advising

We often say that we aim to do more meaningful work in Cohen Honors, and we do this by aiming to fulfill the four pillars established by the students who wrote the college charter.

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.

Honors curriculum paths comprised of courses that meet general education or major requirements allow you to choose how you earn honors. 

Consider taking an Honors First-Year Seminar. Fall 2022 topics include:

  • Me and My Place in the World
  • Facts, Opinions, and Why They Matter
  • Food, Culture and Privilege

Visit the Graduating with an Honors Distinction and year-by-year sequence of courses 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. 

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.