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.
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.
Additionally, 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 continue to strengthen the Honors community.
Another example of the strong Honors community can be found in Honors Housing. As upperclassmen, honors students have the opportunity to live in Honors Housing, one and a half floors (35 rooms) in Allegheny Hall. Additionally, honors students have access to the Honors Lounge, located in Crawford Hall, 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. Honors students are required to attend a certain number of on-campus activities such as art shows, coffee shop discussions, operas and symphonies, plays, presentations, and participating in the numerous Conference Week activities. Students must also devote several 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 Brother/Big Sister, Roanoke Valley Greenway, and local nursing homes.