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Gordy Honors College

Honors College SophomoresThe Ina E. Gordy Honors College supports students with a track record of academic excellence and intellectual motivation as they seek to take their accomplishments to the next level. The Honors College has exciting and diverse programs such as the Residential Honors Program and the Honors Study Abroad. The Honors College presents the Forum Series each semester. The Forum Series is one of the premier lecture series in the state.

Access to Thought Leaders

Members of the Honors College have a myriad of special opportunities presented to them. They have had the chance to meet authors such as Joy Castro, Melissa Delbridge, and Rick Bragg. Honors students had a private round-table discussion about international affairs with former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. Members have been given the opportunity to meet with civil rights legend and comedian Dick Gregory, founding member of the rap group Public Enemy Chuck D., and Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin.


Greater Opportunities

Membership in the Gordy Honors College provides a myriad of advantages and opportunities.  In addition to an enhanced learning experience that will benefit you throughout your life, the Gordy Honors College is pleased to offer its members the following:

  • Membership in the Gordy Honors College and completion of the honors curriculum is the only way to receive your college degree with the prestigious designation "with honors."

  • Members may apply for grants to support their undergraduate research and help pay for travel to conferences and professional events.

  • The Honors College pays for students to attend regional and national honors conferences.  Recent trips include the National Conference in Boston and the Southern Regional Conference in Savannah.

  • Only members of the Gordy Honors College are eligible to participate in the Honors Study Abroad program.  The program is held each semester, and has been hosted in Belgium, London, and Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Only members of the Gordy Honors College may apply to live in Grossnickle Hall, the Honors dorm.

  • The Honors College regularly pays for its members to attend on-campus events such as University theater productions.

  • Members take part in the Forum Series, which is one of the premier speakers series in the Southeast.  Members often get to meet privately with distinguished speakers while they are on campus.

  • Members may use the computer lab and conference room in the honors office in Whitfield Hall.

  • Membership allows students to apply for leadership positions in the Honors College, including the Student Honors Council, as well as paid positions such as the honors mentors and office administrative assistant.




Forum Series

Honors ForumThe Forum hosts national, regional, and local speakers as well as films and special presentations. As one of the premier series in the South, the Forum presents dynamic and stimulating presentations for The W campus and the entire community.

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Residential Program

Residential Honors StudentsThe Ina E. Gordy Honors College launched the Residential Honors Program (RHP) in Fall 2006. Since its inception the RHP has provided an innovative and dynamic living and learning experience for highly motivated scholars.

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Admissions Requirements

W FlagRequired of all recipients of Centennial and Honors Scholarships, but open to application from other high-performing, highly motivated students, the Ina E. Gordy Honors College is a means of adding depth to undergraduate education. It encourages curiosity and initiative and provides an opportunity to apply learning to significant projects.

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