About the Program
Roanoke College's Honors Program is a program designed for students who excel in academics, have strong leadership skills, and pursue numerous extracurricular activities. The Honors Program provides these students with many distinct educational opportunities and classes. The Honors program is also a wonderful way to meet new friends and form strong bonds with other Honors students.
Study and Live with Like-Minded Students
- Orientation: Honors students begin forming friendships and bonds with other students from the very beginning. During Freshmen Orientation, Honors students are grouped together in Honors Orientation Groups (O-Groups). A few weeks into the semester, the Freshmen have another opportunity to grow as a community on the Freshman Retreat. This community that is formed is one that lasts until graduation.
- Classes: Honors students have their own core curriculum and take core classes with other honors students.
- Residence Halls: Another example of the strong Honors community can be found in Honors Housing. Honors students have the option to live in Honors Housing, located in the newest residence hall on campus. Additionally, Honors students have access to the Honors Lounge, also located in the new residence hall area, to use for studying, playing, or even cooking!
Students in the Honors program are strongly encouraged to get involved in the campus community, as well as the surrounding community.
- Co-curricular Events: Honors students are required to attend a certain number of activities (on or off campus). Options include art shows, coffee shop discussions, operas and symphonies, plays, presentations, and participating in the numerous Conference Week activities.
- Volunteer Work: Students must also devote eight hours each semester to volunteer work throughout our local community. In the past, students have worked with many organizations and programs such as Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, local libraries, the Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Roanoke Valley Greenway, and local nursing homes.
- The Honors Program takes a yearly trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is meant to give students a break from the normal, everyday ebb and flow of academics and work, provide great educational opportunities, and strengthen the Honors community.
- Prospective Honors students are encouraged to also apply for the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program for a valuable one-on-one research opportunity with a professor.
Justin Tuma is an economics major and an All-American lacrosse player.
Kayla Klingensmith is a biology major who is passionate about her faith and service work.
Watch this video about Cristian Chis, an international student from Romania majoring in international relations.
"A strong community of dedicated individuals is probably one of the best benefits of Honors for me. I have developed friendships with friends who honestly care about their education and who want to do well at Roanoke College. They want to go above and beyond and get involved with the multiple club opportunities on campus. There is almost an instant connection with these individuals from the moment you get to meet one another."
- Rebecca Siar '15
"I have been surrounded by peers who care about excelling in class and who want to debate complex topics and the required co-curricular activities have broadened my college experience invaluably. I believe that my Roanoke College experience would have been less fulfilling, both academically and personally, had I not joined the Honors Program."
- Travis Andrews '12