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Spring at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Althea Olinger.)

 

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:

Why Honors?

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.

A Virginia Tech Honors College education can significantly amplify the undergraduate experience. Successful Honors College students are highly motivated, are intentional about choosing the Honors opportunities that are right for them, and take initiative to pursue those opportunities. An Honors Diploma — and the Honors College Minor — are extraordinary academic and professional credentials.

Honors College opportunities and benefits include (but are not limited to!):

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 Honors College students are in the Honors Laureate Program and work toward the Honors Laureate Diploma.

 

Calhoun Collaborative Discovery Diploma

A much smaller number of prospective first-year students are invited to interview for the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program and work toward the Honors Collaborative Discovery 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 2022 application opens May 15 and is due by 11:59 p.m. 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.

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Hillcrest Hall at Virginia Tech.

OUR LOCATION

Hillcrest Hall
385 W Campus Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Main office: Suite 122

CONTACT US

Email us at honors@vt.edu or call 540-231-4591.