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About VT Honors College

Most Virginia Tech Honors College students work toward an Honors Laureate Diploma. Some prospective first-year students may be invited to interview for the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program and work toward an Honors Collaborative Discovery Diploma. Read below for more information.

Students working together in the Honors College Studios


Honors Laureate Diploma

Most Virginia Tech Honors College students work toward an Honors Laureate Diploma (HLD). Learn more about earning an HLD below. 


Honors Collaborative Discovery Diploma

Some prospective first-year students may be invited to interview for the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program and work toward an Honors Collaborative Discovery Diploma. Learn more below.

Our mission


The Honors College seeks to inspire and facilitate an extraordinary undergraduate education for a diverse student body of exceptional motivation. Utilizing a flexible curricular framework with a strategic array of experiences, opportunities, and facilities, the College pioneers progressive, innovative approaches to undergraduate education that can be scaled up across the university. 


Our vision


The Honors College will be a source of innovation and adaptability, leading the way in developing the integrative and reflective educational experiences that graduates will need as effective workers and citizens in a world that is on the cusp of economic and civic revolution.

Our values at VT Honors College

We value collaborative teamwork,  experiential learning, social responsibility, and opportunity and support.
Read more about each value in-depth using the drop-down buttons below.

We value transdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborative teamwork with trusted mentors who can both encourage and challenge students with their distinctive needs in decision-making and strategic action. Collaborative teamwork provides diverse and high-performing students with direct and first-hand models of how to successfully navigate the cultural diversity and economic transitions that characterize our time.

We value independent learning and advanced undergraduate research to foster students’ curiosity and self-directed educational trajectories and to maximize their abilities to engage in transdisciplinary collaborations.

We value place-based, problem-focused, and global contexts for learning in order to increase students’ use of the inclusive perspectives, purpose-driven engagement, and a sense of social responsibility that are hallmarks of the Virginia Tech Honors College student experience.

We value student participation in academic and professional opportunities, which we support through Honors College merit and experiential learning scholarships, individualized advising for national and international scholarships, and specialized professional programming and training.

The Honors College at Virginia Tech is positioning the university at the forefront of undergraduate education in the United States and is a magnet for exceptional students. A new educational framework will build on students’ disciplinary knowledge to focus on experiential learning, undergraduate research, and collective real-world problem-solving by transdisciplinary groups of students.


Meet our team

Whether teaching Honors College classes, mentoring students, or handling the behind-the-scenes
administration of the college, we work each day to facilitate an extraordinary undergraduate education
for Honors students at Virginia Tech.


Learn more about the Honors College

Ready to learn more about the Honors College?
Here are some quick links to some information that you may be interested in.


Contact us



Prospective Virginia Tech students and current non-honors students can register for a virtual Q&A session by email at or call 540-231-4591.  Q&A sessions are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.


Hillcrest Hall
385 W Campus Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Main office: Suite 122


Email us at or call 540-231-4591.