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How does the program work? Does it mean taking extra courses?

The Honors Program is a track within the university's existing academic programs. It is not a stand-alone curriculum. You should take a minimum of seven honors courses during your college career - however, most of the courses you will take for honors also count either towards the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) or towards your academic major.

    Is there Honors Housing?

    First-year honors on-campus residents are informally clustered together in their first-year residence hall. In 2013-2014, we will be opening an Honors House within Wasylean Hall, providing a new residential option for honors students starting in their sophomore year. For the first time, incoming honors residents will have guaranteed housing for two years, provided they remain honors students in good standing. And while we hope you will opt in to Honors House, please note that living with your honors classmates is not required.

    What if I'm a commuter student?

    You won't be alone: about half of our students commute to campus and participate in our academic, cultural and social events. All honors students are welcome and encouraged to attend any event hosted by Honors House.

    What does a typical freshman fall schedule look like?

    All first-year honors students take two courses together as a learning community in groups of twenty students: an all-honors first year seminar plus the honors writing course, EN 250 "Critical Writing and Creative Thinking." Many first-year students also take additional honors classes, usually as an honors "section" of introductory courses from across the university; you'll receive information about those options during summer advising and course registration. 

    Will I have an honors advisor?

    The Honors Prorgam provides guided navigation through the college system throughout your four years. Honors students have Honors Program advisors in addition to an advisor in their major. Honors students also get priority registration for all honors courses. And, of course, you have access to all of WSU's Academic Success resources.

    What are the amenities and perks of the Honors Program?

    The Honors Center has a designated library study room used for study and collaboration, program planning and meetings, and hosting the monthly honors student group meeting. In addition to the speakers and events on the Worcester State campus calendar, we plan a lively series of social and cultural events throughout the year just for honors students. Popular honors traditions include the President's Dinner and Theatre night, the honors guest lecture and the spring trip to New York City.

    What are the long-term benefits of the program?

    Your honors participation is recognized on your transcript and at graduation. An enhanced academic record will strengthen your future graduate school and employment applications. The Commonwealth Honors Project is your chance to conduct and present independent research, synthesize your honors and college studies, and experience integrated learning by bringing it all together as a junior or senior and earning Commonwealth Honors Scholar distinction.

    Are there Honors Scholarships?

    Academic scholarships are not administered by the Honors Program, although we are proud to report that many honors students are awarded scholarships. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more information about the range of scholarships that are available.

    For more information:

    Karen Woods Weierman, Director kweierman@worcester.edu

    Tona Hangen, Assistant Director thangen@worcester.edu

    Honors website: http://worcester.edu/honors

    Honors blog: http://wsuhonors.wordpress.com

    Facebook: Worcester State University Honors Program

    Twitter: @HonorsWSU


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