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Ina E. Gordy Honors College

Academic Excellence

Honors College Sophomores

In the Ina E. Gordy Honors College, academically talented and motivated students benefit from a more intensive, innovative learning experience and extensive faculty-student interaction.

The Honors College encourages and nurtures intellectual curiosity and advanced scholarship, meeting students’ learning needs by offering honors sections of university courses, interdisciplinary honors seminars, and faculty-supported independent research.   

The Honors College also offers many other opportunities for student learning, including the Honors Forum Series of speakers and performances, question and answer sessions with nationally recognized guests of the university, group attendance at MUW cultural events, and group service projects.

As members of the Honors College, students are expected to exhibit academic excellence, intellectual openness to disciplines across the university curriculum, and support for the honors community.

Students who successfully complete the Honors curriculum graduate with honors in their major area of study.

The Honors Experience

In addition to providing an innovative curriculum and the opportunity to graduate with honors, the Gordy Honors College supports its students in a variety of ways:

• The Honors College not only supports students’ senior-level independent research projects but also assists students in applying to and presenting at national, regional, and state honors conferences.  

• Honors College members may apply for grants to support their undergraduate research and to help cover travel to conferences and other professional events.

• Members have open access to the Honors study room and student computers in Whitfield Hall.

• Members are eligible to apply to participate in the Honors Study Abroad program, which has been held in London, Brussels, and Edinburgh, Scotland, and is slated for other countries like Ireland and Spain.

• Members may apply for positions on the Student Honors Council, which coordinates special activities like service projects and provides a valuable voice in the operation of the Honors College.

The Gordy Legacy

MUW was fortunate to be able to advance its longstanding commitment to honors education through a very generous endowment from Ina E. Gordy, a Scott County native who graduated from the university in 1929.  Gordy bestowed the gift on MUW in 2005 at the age of 100, when she was also awarded the MUW Medal of Excellence.  Because of her dedication to student learning and achievement at MUW, the Gordy Honors College is able to provide an enhanced learning experience that will continue to benefit students throughout their lives.

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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