Roanoke College

Honors Program


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 time 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

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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.