2018-2019 HONORS GUIDE
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JOIN A COMMUNITY OF LIKE-MINDED SCHOLARS The EKU Honors Program is a nationally recognized leader in honors education. As part of our prestigious community, you will participate in interdisciplinary seminars with a student-faculty ratio that is smaller than average. Youâ€™ll experience varying points of view in innovative courses, travel the country presenting your research at conferences, study abroad with our Trailblazer Grants and get free textbooks through our Books-on-Loan Award. Most importantly, you will make friends that will last a lifetime.
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TIME TO CHART YOUR COURSE Both the Flex and Current/Transfer curricula offer innovative, interdisciplinary seminars that fulfill gen-ed requirements for all majors. You will finish your honors career with your thesis: a year-long, individualized project mentored by a faculty member. EKU Honors is flexible — you can incorporate credit earned in dual-credit courses, AP and IB programs, or transfer credit. Learn more about our curriculum paths at go.eku. edu/HonorsPath and choose the student type that best represents you.
HONORS FLEX CURRICULUM • For students entering EKU Honors as first-year students in their first semester • Requires 25 hours of honors coursework, which may be used to fulfill general education requirements
HONORS CURRENT/TRANSFER CURRICULUM • For students entering EKU Honors after their first semester of college • Requires 18 hours of honors coursework, which may be used to fulfill general education requirements
TIME TO BE YOU The EKU Honors Program looks for students who want an in-depth academic experience. We know high school GPAs and standardized test scores only tell part of the story, so our application process is designed to help us get to know you as a person. We are interested in students who: • Enjoy intellectual challenges in many subjects • Like to read and share ideas in creative ways • Like to explore new and challenging points of view • Want to work closely with a dynamic community of curious students and faculty • Enjoy learning about and working with diverse groups of people • Want to create original research Does this sound like you? If so, we want you in EKU Honors.
BENEFICIAL The Honors Books-on-Loan Award provides free textbooks for all your courses.
Courses unlike any others on campus are taught by faculty who are passionate about what they do.
Preferrential registration gets you the classes you need.
SOCIAL You will be a member of a group of highly motivated students.
You will receive the Honors Provost’s Scholarship (if you don’t receive an EKU tuition scholarship of greater value).
EKU Honors sends more student presenters to the annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council than any other honors program or college in the nation.
DISTINCTIVE You will be recognized at graduation with the unique maroon mortarboard.
PERSONAL Accessible, caring faculty and staff get to know you personally and help you achieve your goals.
ACCOMPLISHED Your EKU transcript and diploma will identify you as an Honors Scholar.
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM EKU Honors provides amazing opportunities to students who want more out of their college experience. Along with our monthly pizza dinners and programs on issues relevant to you, you’ll get access to the following:
HONORS LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY Live with your peers in the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC). Our LLC is housed in two locations, Martin Hall and Burnam Hall, so you can choose the setup that best suits you. The Honors LLC offers engaging, relevant programming that will help you thrive as an honors student.
REGIONAL AND NATIONAL CONFERENCES EKU sends more student presenters to the National Collegiate Honors Council than any other honors program. More than 1,000 EKU students have presented at conferences all over the country since 1990. Share what you’re learning and doing, both inside and outside the classroom, at one of the four conferences we attend each year. Thanks to a generous endowment, EKU Honors pays for most of these trips.
TRAILBLAZER GRANTS FOR STUDYING ABROAD EKU Honors students in their second and third year may apply for our Trailblazer Grants, awards of up to $1,500 for international study abroad or domestic study away in a spring or summer semester.
STIMULATING INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES Our courses allow you to fulfill general education credits you still need, rather than following a prescribed curriculum. Here are just a few of the unique courses we have offered: • Inside Contemporary Popular Music – general education credit in arts or social and behavioral science • Poverty, Economics, and Revolution in Latin America – general education credit in history, social and behavioral science, or diversity • Beauty and the Beast: A Shared Aesthetic – general education credit in math or arts • The Rise and Decline of the Antibiotic Era – general education credit in natural science
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visit & apply We would love to talk with you about how EKU Honors fits into your personal and professional goals. With advance notice, we can typically schedule individual visits that include a tour of our facilities and a visit with a current EKU student. Go to go.eku.edu/HonorsVisit to schedule your tour. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 859-622-2924 go.eku.edu/honors We accept applications each year for the following fall semester. Application to EKU Honors is a competitive process, and a limited number of spots are available each year. Applications include a rĂŠsumĂŠ, a letter of recommendation, an essay, and a creative short answer to help us learn more about you. Our online application process is available from early August to early January. You must be admitted to EKU before completing your EKU Honors application. All completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, January 14, 2019. Applications are reviewed after the deadline has passed and decisions are typically mailed in midFebruary. Students conditionally accepted into EKU Honors are required to return email notification of their acceptance by May 1 to secure their spot in the program for the upcoming fall.
AVERAGE ACT SCORES AND GPAS Incoming First-Year Students ACT: 28-29
Unweighted High School GPA: 3.80-3.90
Current EKU Students And Transfers Cumulative College GPA: 3.70-3.80
APPLICATION TIMELINE Early August: Online application available January 14: Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. EST Mid-February: Conditional acceptance letters mailed May 1: Deadline for email notification to confirm conditional acceptance and secure spot in EKU Honors
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