With honors

What are your expectations after graduating from Richland?  If they include engaging in more classes, getting competitive leadership skills, seeking scholarships and making university life much easier, than the Honors Academy may be the place for you.

The Honors Academy program is different from honors societies, such as Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). The Honors Academy is an on-campus program. “In the honors program, we offer honors courses for credit,” said coordinator Kathleen Sullivan Stephens.

With an emphasis on developing critical thinking, research skills, leadership capabilities, and communication skills, the Richland Honors Academy program offers smaller classes taught by select honor faculty members, plus many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

The program is open to all current students at Richland. Dual credit and Richland Collegiate High School students are also eligible.

The admission requirements for current Richland students are nine college level credit hours with a minimum of 3.25 GPA.  Transfer students must have the same GPA with at least 12 credit hours from a U.S. institution in college-level courses and submission of official college transcripts.

Students with excellent academic and professional histories but who do not have required test scores may be able to gain admission by completing a face-to-face interview.

Eight Honors Academy scholarships will be awarded next spring. The deadline for applications is Jan.13, 2017.

One of the biggest events of the Honors Academy, the Study Abroad program, takes place in May. Registration is already under way. Launched in 2014, the program offers honors students the opportunity to travel to three different countries for three hours of honors credit. The summer program includes stops in Belgium, Germany and Austria.

Because space is limited, students interested are encouraged to apply at once. Preferred departure is May 18, 2017.

The Honors Academy program is designed to provide an engaged and challenging learning environment for students.

Enhanced skills through the Honors Academy benefit university life and enhance careers after graduation. To apply for the Honors Academy, fill in the online application form at richlandcollege.edu/honors-academy/honors-applicationform.