University of Vermont

The Honors College

Benefits of the Honors College Education

Why Choose Honors?

A Step Ahead in College

Students enrolled in the Honors College enjoy a number of benefits in addition to the personal fulfillment that comes from academic achievement.

They receive priority within their class for class registration, have close contact with many of the university's talented professors -- both in the classroom and in the many opportunities for undergraduate research -- and may take advantage of the opportunity to compete with the rest of the best and the brightest at colleges and universities nationwide for prestigious scholarships such as the Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, and Goldwater.

An Edge in the Real World

Honors College Scholars graduate from the University of Vermont with skills that open doors to prospective employers and graduate schools alike: creative, critical, and integrative thinking; fluent written and spoken communication; and imaginative and effective problem solving. A particularly valuable academic skill that the Honors College promotes is active learning where students in seminars and thesis projects determine their own goals and pursue them by applying creative knowledge. Active learning, as opposed to rote learning, is important for students' educational satisfaction and is highly valued in career and graduate school settings.

Students who take advantage of the many undergraduate research and co-curricular opportunities UVM offers have a decided edge in the competition for admission to graduate schools. Students in the Honors College are expected to become immersed in campus life, both through their scholarly work and their active involvement in clubs and organizations.

According to Bob Pepperman Taylor, founding dean of the Honors College, "As dual citizens of the Honors College and the greater university, our students have a responsibility to become actively involved in the student body."  Browse this section to find out what opportunities currently exist.

Research Opportunities

conducting research Have you ever wondered how difficult it might be to develop your own research project and compete for funding? Do you want to prepare yourself for the intense scholarly inquiry you'll encounter in graduate school or a challenging career?

Honors College students are encouraged to pursue advanced research. Through the Office of Undergraduate Research, housed in the Honors College, they learn about the research process from start to finish. How do you write a research proposal? What factors go into deciding whom you will work with? How do you interpret your results and present them to experts in the field?

Students can choose from several undergraduate research programs depending on their major, click here for a link to the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Library Privileges

students studying in the libraryStudents in the Honors College receive graduate student status at all the university's libraries, allowing them to check out books for an entire semester, instead of the usual two weeks. This privilege comes in handy when working on ongoing research projects or senior theses.

Students also receive special training by library professors in using the libraries  the main Bailey/Howe Library, Cook Chemistry/Physics Library, Dana Medical Library and the Library Annex  and conducting research both on site in the libraries and via computer in cyberspace.

Together, the libraries hold 1.4 million volumes, 20,000 serial subscriptions, 5,300 current journals, 9,700 electronic journals, 250 other databases, 1.2 million government documents, 225,000 maps, 35,000 audiovisual materials, 45,000 rare books and 9,000 linear feet of manuscripts.

Early Registration

Honors students have priority registration for the next semester's classes. This means that Honors students have an opportunity to register before other students in their class or, depending on their major, before the majority of students on campus.

Graduation with Honors

Students who fulfill all the requirements of the Honors College, including successfully completing a senior thesis or project, earn the special distinction of graduating as an Honors College Scholar. This distinction is noted on student transcripts and the designation of Honors College Scholar is conferred at UVM's commencement ceremony.

A Sense of Community

on the green Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of enrollment in the Honors College is the connections students make with other people: fellow students, faculty mentors, visiting scholars and artists, as well as professionals in education, health care, engineering, journalism, politics, and numerous other career fields. These are connections that often inspire students to explore new paths -- academic subjects, political causes, community volunteer work, study abroad, graduate school, careers -- that they might not have considered before.

However, honors students are not the only ones to benefit from the social and professional connections available through the Honors College. Faculty have intentionally designed the college with an "open door." It is a place where everyone on campus can become fully involved in the pursuit of scholarship: through the plenary lecture series, reading groups, the offices of undergraduate research and fellowships advising, special seminars, and numerous other events.

The Honors College is no ivory tower. Rather, it is a place that aims to energize the university's academic life, a place for everyone on campus to share ideas and engage in scholarly debate.

Housing

University Heights

Involvement in the Honors College doesn't stop when classes end for the day. The college's on-campus housing allows students to extend their classroom discussions and research -- not to mention, fun and socializing -- into the evening.

Honors students are strongly encouraged to live in housing designated for them in one of the university's newest residence halls, University Heights North, which is located near the Living/Learning Center and athletics facilities.





Plenary Lectures and Symposia

towers of UVMAs part of the Honors College's commitment to fostering an enriching intellectual climate, the plenary lecture series associated with the first-year course, "The Pursuit of Knoweldge", allows anyone in the campus community to hear talks by some of the most accomplished people on campus.  Former UVM President Daniel Fogel, for instance, has spoken to the students about affirmative action, Dr. Robert Macaulay about medical diagnostics, and visiting scholar Gov. Madeleine Kunin about women in politics.

In addition, each year the Honors College plans to bring visiting scholars to campus for public lectures. These have included ethicist Peter Singer, philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, Pulitzer Prize Winning author Edward P. Jones, V. Gene Robinson, the former Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, environmentalist Bill McKibben, and the celebrated writer and cartoonist Alison Bechdel.

Honors College students are often invited to special symposia and dinners with visiting scholars, allowing them more time for in-depth or informal discussions.

Cultural Events and Trips

a string quartetEach year, the Honors College offers trips to major cultural hubs, such as Montreal and Boston, allowing students to visit museums, see plays and films, attend concerts and try out new restaurants.

The university's Lane Series which brings world-renowned musicians and theatrical companies to Burlington, has teamed up with the Honors College to offer one-credit courses (HCOL 031) and special talks to allow students to study and discuss the artistry and history behind the performances, and meet the musicians and actors. More on Lane Series Performances >>>

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