Prospective Student FAQs

How do I apply to the Honors College?

Students do not directly apply to the Honors College. However, students can apply to individual honors programs or merit scholarships. The Honors College is an academic and support hub for all high-achieving UNC Charlotte undergraduate students, including all members of honors programs, recipients of merit scholarships, students preparing to enter health professions, students seeking endorsement for prestigious national fellowships/awards, and students engaging in undergraduate research.

How are students chosen?

Requirements for honors and merit scholars programs vary. Review the list here.

Can I join the Honors College after my freshman year?

Most honors programs are accessible to transfer students or students who wish to join after their freshman year. Departmental honors programs tend to focus on the junior and senior year, so they are particularly accessible. Please see our list of honors programs here, and click on the link to the honors programs you are interested in. This will allow you to get more information about the program requirements and how to apply. 

Are honors courses more difficult than other courses?

Not necessarily. Honors programs do set certain requirements for entry that limit participation to students who have already demonstrated academic success, so for those students, the courses are not necessarily more difficult or more work. Honors courses, however, do expect students to be active agents in their learning, and they often are interdisciplinary, which require thinking both broadly and deeply about a topic.

Honors classes are smaller and are most often taught in seminar format where there is more interaction between the students in the class and the professors. Many students prefer this format and do their best work in honors classes.


What are some of the benefits of being in an honors program?

Some of the benefits include small section honors courses, honors advising, the ability to work closely with professors, honors networking opportunities, and graduating with honors distinction.

Do honors programs involve additional costs?

For most programs, there are no additional costs. Special presentations, guest speakers, internship opportunities, social events, etc. are provided free of charge. On occasion, there may be special events such as a weekend enrichment trip, a social event, or a special meal that may involve additional costs, but the majority of these are optional.

How many students are typically enrolled in an honors class?

It depends on the honors program, but the vast majority of honors classes typically have 15 students enrolled. 

What is expected of honors students?

Honors is not about doing extra work, but is more about developing the whole student. Honors program usually emphasize agentive learning, in which students take the initiative. They also emphasize research: every honors capstone must have a research component as well as written and oral components. The multi-year honors programs usually include community engagement of some kind, either service learning or internships.

Is special housing available for honors students?

Yes, honors housing is currently in Witherspoon Hall. In the fall of 2016, honors will move into the new Levine Hall, a combination residence hall and administrative offices for the Honors College and Levine Scholars Program. 

Does every major offer the opportunity to graduate with honors? (I do not see an honors program listed for my major.)

At present, not every field of study offers an honors option, but new honors programs are in development.  The Honors College goal is for students in every major to be able to do honors.  Please keep in mind that the University Honors Program is open to students pursuing any major and provides similar benefits.  Honors Programs are available in the following Colleges and Departments.