Learn what you live for.

The Honors Program at Roanoke College is not just about getting another special seal on your diploma. It's about challenging yourself to discover what really matters to you, both as a scholar and as a person. It's about opening yourself up to irresistible questions and seeing where your answers lead you. Most importantly, it's about applying your natural curiosity, intelligence and persistence to something remarkable and real.

When you join the Honors Program, you become part of a community of learners who are not only pursuing their own academic growth, but are also making significant contributions to their disciplines and the greater community.

Experience the many academic, cultural, and social opportunities distinctly available to Honors students.

Develop a unique project, funded by the Honors Program, that not only allows you to explore a question important to you, but also gives you a decided edge in professional applications.

Engage in meaningful relationships through directed student/professor mentorship and a curriculum that connects you to the community.

Honors Opportunities

With Honors, you can delve into a range of transformative encounters-from experiencing a kinetic production of King Lear at an avant-garde theater in Washington D.C., to hosting a meal with John Francis, a respected environmentalist who didn't speak for seventeen years while walking across the planet to encourage global responsibility.

In addition to offering tickets for cultural events and opportunities to meet with campus guests, Honors offers special benefits such as the freshman retreat, an annual trip, the option to live in Honors housing, fee waivers for course overloads and funds to support your work on the Distinction Project. But the real benefits are the connections you will make with other motivated students, with professors who will mentor and inspire you, and with ideas that will dramatically enrich how you understand the world.

Honors Application

Students accepted to the honors program typically have an average SAT score of 1250, ACT Score of 28 and strong GPA in college-preparatory courses. However, you are more than your scores! We look forward to reviewing your application. Application review is ongoing, so early applications are encouraged. Honors Program applications received after March 15th will only be reviewed if space remains in the Program. Remember that we must have your complete Roanoke College application in order to review your application to the Honors Program.


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Kaitlyn Bell

Kaitlyn Bell is a spanish major who is passionate about her studies as well as her outside the classroom work.


Cristian Chis

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

"The breadth of experiences I gained from the Honors Program, particularly through the foreign language component and cultural events, led me to a job teaching English in Spain, while my mentors and peers encouraged me to apply for the prestigious Fulbright scholarship, which would allow me to research public health in Mexico. The program´s focus on and support of multidisciplinary interests has given me the tools I need to continue pursuing my dream to serve underrepresented and minority communities as a physician and public health care advocate. "

- Victoria Godwin '14