Honors Scholars are a select group of nearly 50 incoming freshmen who are National Merit Finalists, Semi-Finalists, National Hispanic Scholars, and Trustee Award recipients. If openings remain, students may be selected from the pool of Trustee Award applicants and Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholars.
Honors Scholars will be contacted by the Honors College soon after their award has been offered by the University Admissions Office. More information will be provided at that time. Honors Scholars are offered priority registration each semester. Details of the priority registration process will be provided after the award has been offered.
As freshmen, the Scholars are invited to join the American Studies Institute, an opportunity typically available only to upperclassmen.
First Semester Requirements
Freshman Honors Scholars are required to enroll in HNRS 2010 (Communication and Critical Thinking) and HNRS 2020 (Life and Teachings of Jesus) during their first semester. These foundational courses are taught by Honors professors with a passion for
teaching and mentoring. The courses are small in size with about 15 students in each section to allow for discussion and collaborative learning. This small cohort will become a valued community of friends and support to one another.
All Honors Scholars are expected to engage in scholarship, leadership and service to the community. To maintain eligibility as an Honors Scholar, students will
- maintain a 3.25 cumulative university GPA
- participate in the academic and student life offerings in the Honors College
- participate in leadership and service opportunities on campus, in the community and beyond