The Cohen Honors College is designed to challenge highly motivated and academically talented undergraduate students through coursework and faculty mentoring. We offer special topics general education seminars for small groups of students, and we support upper-level departmental and interdisciplinary Honors tracks that culminate in innovative research, creative activity or teaching.
"There are a lot of great resources that come with being in the honors college. Besides the free coffee and printing, you also get the opportunity to network with classmates and faculty fellows that can help you make the most out of your college experience." - Noah McGhghy, Cohen Honors student majoring in biomedical engineering
Small Interactive and Discussion Based Classes
Our student to faculty ratio is 10:1. Honors classes are smaller in size - typically no more than 15 students - and offer the opportunity for more hands-on work.
General Education Seminars
Each semester, Honors offers several seminar-style classes that fulfill general education requirements. Honors seminars are small, with an average enrollment of eight students, and topics vary. Many of these courses fulfill general education introductory requirements. A smaller number of courses fulfill general education issues and perspectives requirements.
Support for Applied Learning
Honors encourages students to participate in internships, study abroad, National Student Exchange (NSE) and community service. We offer Cohen Enhancement Scholarships of up to $4000 for applied learning.
Honors offers students advanced academic writing and research seminars designed to prepare for top graduate and professional schools. The Dean works with students to identify faculty mentors and other professional advising opportunities across campus. Honors students are encouraged to meet with the Dean about graduate and professional school applications and national scholarship applications. Learn more about our advising process.
Honors organizes lectures, workshops and social events for students and faculty. You also have the option to live in the Honors Living Learning Community in Shocker Hall. Learn more about the Honors student community.
24/7 Student Lounge and Free Printing in Shocker Hall
Honors students have 24/7 access to the Honors College suite and student lounge with their Shocker card. If you need a quiet place to study in the evenings, want to meet with a group of students or just hang out with fellow Honors students, the Honors College is always available to you.
Members of the Cohen Honors College have access to priority enrollment. Priority enrollment allows Honors students to register first each semester and particularly helps students who are pursuing double majors/degrees.
Graduation with Distinction
Honors is a different way to do your degree, designed to be measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than traditional college-level education.
Students who successfully complete any of several Honors tracks earn an honors notation on their transcript or diploma. Ambitious students may design their own degree and complete a thesis or capstone project with faculty mentors to earn the prestigious Honors Baccalaureate.