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Thinking about applying to the Honors College?

Review the following to learn about what the VT Honors College values and offers in educational opportunities for students:

Honors is distinctive for providing opportunities that are not only aligned with the university's culture and mission but also tailored to individual students’ needs and interests.

As both workers and citizens, 21st century university graduates will need to combine the rigors of disciplinary knowledge with a capacity for diverse collaborations. They will need to value and employ diverse ways of seeing and understanding, be able to synthesize knowledge across seemingly disparate contexts, and create new knowledge in transdisciplinary teams.

All of the ways to earn honors credit toward the completion of an Honors Laureate Diploma reflect the vision above. And there's so much more! Review the top ten things a VT Honors College student can expect below:

  1. An inclusive and active intellectual community
  2. Access to opportunities unique to the Honors College: experiential learning grants; courses focused on transdisciplinary collaboration, design thinking, and experimentation; and access to a world-class education abroad experience: Presidential Global Scholars
  3. Distinctive professional development programming
  4. Support from highly-trained Honors students in the Honors Peer Advising Center (HPAC)
  5. Multigenerational and multidisciplinary honors living-learning programs, Hillcrest Honors and Honors Residential Commons (HRC)
  6. Encouragement and training to pursue undergraduate research and independent study
  7. To break away from the check-list mindset and be inspired to individualize your education
  8. To build meaningful and sustained collegial relationships with faculty that inspire you both inside and outside of the classroom
  9. To get involved: train to be a Peer Advisor in the Honors Peer Advising Center, become a Peer Educator of an Honors course, or serve on the Honors Student Council to collaborate with the Dean of the Honors College
  10. To make an impact in your communities at Virginia Tech and beyond 

Your challenge is to complete an Honors Laureate Diploma, which is made up of four main categories (what we call "elements"):

  1. Honors Core
  2. Disciplinary Depth
  3. Transdisciplinary Capabilities
  4. Research and Experiential Learning

Students are required to earn at least six Honors credits in elements two, three, and four. No particular course or way to earn Honors credit is required (though Honors College "UH" courses are strongly encouraged) but students must complete at least thirty (30) Honors credits.

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As you review the ways to earn Honors credit on the page linked below, note the ways that are already an important part of the university experience, like undergraduate research or study abroad. A Faculty–Student Agreement (FSA) is the most popular way, which turns any non-Honors course that students may plan to take anyway into a course for Honors credit. These are examples of how earning 30 Honors credits does not necessarily mean 30 additional academic credit hours on your transcript. If you are interested in the Faculty–Student Agreement way, we recommend no more than two agreements per semester. Students also have the option to select a focus area for their Honors Laureate Diploma. Learn more below.

Honors Residential Commons (HRC)
Honors Residential Commons (HRC)
Hillcrest Hall
Hillcrest Hall

The Honors College offers two unique residential communities: the Hillcrest Honors Community and the Honors Residential Commons (HRC). While there are no requirements that Honors students live in Honors-specific housing, our communities can supplement your Honors experience through purposeful engagement in active and robust intellectual communities. Both communities occasionally offer programming open to all Honors students.  

Applications to the Honors Communities are managed through Housing and Residence Life

Still have questions about Honors LLPs? Reach out to Dr. Nikki Lewis.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

HOW TO APPLY

Check the box to be considered for the Honors College on your VT Undergraduate Admissions application or the Common App. Please note that first-year students who meet the criteria for admission to the Honors College will receive a separate Honors College decision notification soon after their Virginia Tech admissions decision. Additionally, if invited, your decision to accept or not accept your Honors College invitation will not affect your Virginia Tech admissions decision.

 

Honors Laureate Diploma

Most Virginia Tech Honors College students work toward an Honors Laureate Diploma.

 

Honors Collaborative Innovation Diploma

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

REQUIREMENTS

The Honors College does not have minimum test scores. Instead, we look holistically at an applicant's experiences and consider the quality of engagement, self-awareness and reflection on involvement, and authenticity.

DEADLINES

Because the Honors College uses the Virginia Tech application for its admissions process, the Honors College does not have a separate application deadline.

FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM OTHER POST-SECONDARY SCHOOLS

HOW TO APPLY

Check the box to be considered for the Honors College on your VT Undergraduate Admissions application or the Common App. Please note that transfer students who meet the criteria for admission to the Honors College will receive a separate Honors College decision notification soon after their Virginia Tech admissions decision. Additionally, if invited, your decision to accept or not accept your Honors College invitation will not affect your Virginia Tech admissions decision.

REQUIREMENTS

The Honors College does not have minimum test scores. Instead, we look holistically at an applicant's experiences and consider the quality of engagement, self-awareness and reflection on involvement, and authenticity.

DEADLINES

Because the Honors College uses the Virginia Tech application for its admissions process, the Honors College does not have a separate application deadline.

The Virginia Tech Honors College will recognize up to twelve honors credits for students transferring from a post-secondary institution to Virginia Tech. In order to count toward our Honors Laureate Diploma, these credits must appear on the transcript from the previous institution and be comparable to the Honors College’s ways to earn honors credit.

FOR CURRENTLY ENROLLED VT STUDENTS

HOW TO APPLY

We welcome applications from currently enrolled students with at least a 3.60 cumulative GPA and four or more traditional semesters remaining at Virginia Tech. The application process opens at the end of every fall and spring semester.

REQUIREMENTS

In addition to general academic information, we require essays and a resume. The essay prompts are provided on the application.

DEADLINES

The Fall 2021 application opens on May 15 and is due by 11:59 p.m. on July 15.

The deadline to apply for Honors Living-Learning Programs occurs before the Honors College application, so plan accordingly if interested in Honors housing. Visit the Housing and Residence Life website to learn more about LLPs.

 

MEET WITH A CURRENT HONORS STUDENT

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

OUR LOCATION

Hillcrest Hall
385 W Campus Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Main office: Suite 122

OTHER QUESTIONS? 

Review our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at honors@vt.edu or call 540-231-4591. We are always happy to help!