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The Honors College Today
Housed in historic Old Central, The Honors College at Oklahoma State University serves
approximately 2,100 students from all of the academic colleges every semester. The
College provides these top undergraduates with small classes (most limited to 22 students)
that challenge them to develop their oral and written communication skills, to gather
and synthesize information, to think about problems in new and complex ways, and to
develop their critical thinking skills. Taught by some of the top teaching faculty
on campus, honors courses tend to be highly interactive, discussion-based classes
that engage students in an active and supportive learning environment. Honors College
students enjoy a more personalized academic experience in addition to having access
to the numerous resources of a large land-grant institution.
Honors College students enjoy a number of fringe benefits for their participation including priority enrollment beginning in their second semester, the option to live in honors housing, access to the honors lounge and study lab in historic Old Central, extended library privileges, and special honors advising from an Honors College staff member. Students also have opportunities and are encouraged to take advantage of learning experiences that occur outside the classroom, including study abroad, volunteer work, research, leadership activities, internships, and special Honors College events.
For more information on what's been going on at the Honors College, please check out our 2016-2017 annual report by clicking here.
The Honors College at Oklahoma State University provides an environment where motivated students are encouraged to develop academically, socially, and personally. Small, engaging courses promote discussion and interaction between students and faculty, and this learning environment contributes to an enhanced intellectual experience in the classroom. Beyond the classroom, however, honors advisors are available for individualized attention, support, and guidance, and Honors College students enjoy a sense of community and take part in special events and activities. They also are encouraged to seek out additional opportunities such as international study, research, leadership, and service to enhance their undergraduate careers.
The Honors College contributes to a student's future in multiple ways. The skills learned in honors courses (oral and written communication, critical thinking, and synthesis of information) help prepare first-year and sophomore-level students for their upper-division coursework and beyond. The thesis or capstone project allows students to engage in research, working closely with a faculty member on campus, an experience that may prove beneficial if they are considering professional school or a graduate program. It can also provide valuable practical experience and help them be competitive when applying for a position in their chosen profession. Outside their academic experience, honors students may be more engaged in their communities and have a greater sense of social responsibility due to their interactions with other honors students, faculty, and staff during their undergraduate program.