Honors students at Virginia Tech work toward the completion of an Honors Laureate Diploma. The Honors Laureate Diploma challenges students to pursue disciplinary depth, transdisciplinary capabilities, and purpose-driven engagement that are the hallmarks of the VT-Shaped student experience.
We have designed the Honors Laureate Diploma to work with busy schedules. In fact, it is so flexible that it is technically possible (though not advised) to complete the Honors Laureate Diploma without adding a single credit to your coursework!
For specific details, please read the Earning an Honors Laureate Diploma Page.
STRUCTURE + REQUIREMENTS
earn 30 honors credits, most of which will overlap with courses you’re already taking;
plan out your Honors credit in your Course of Study Planner (COSP) by the end of your first semester in honors and have it approved
achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.60 after two traditional, consecutive semesters in Honors;
GPA Flex Period
with your 3.60 GPA & COSP approved, you may enter the GPA Flex Period, giving you freedom to take academic risks
four elements of an honors education
WHAT YOUR HONORS EDUCATION IS BUILT ON
Innovative Courses · Hands-on Learning · Creativity · Critical Thinking
Innovative courses that give students the opportunity to embrace hands-on learning. Many Honors curriculum classes are taught by Honors Faculty and are aimed to address critical real-world problems.
Deeper Understanding · Individualized Experience
Students pursue coursework that enhances their experience within their primary major. For example, you could take a smaller honors section of a course that helps you meet your degree requirements while also earning honors credit.
Broader Understanding · Challenge What You Know
Students pursue coursework that enhances their experience outside their primary major. For example, you could establish an agreement with your instructor to turn any non-honors course into a course for honors credit!
Real World · Problem Solving · Collaborative
Students learn through real-world scenarios like study abroad, research, intern/externships, and co-ops.
AND SO MANY MORE
MEET WITH A CURRENT HONORS STUDENT
Prospective Virginia Tech students and current non-honors students can register for a Q&A session by email at email@example.com or call 540-231-4591.
The Honors College offices are located in Hillcrest Hall (385 W. Campus Drive, Blacksburg VA 24061). The main administrative office is Office 116.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-231-4591.