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Honors College


Honors classes have smaller class sizes.


The Honors College is committed to providing students with the unique, individualized academic experience of a highly-selective small college with all the resources and benefits of Kentucky's fastest growing university.

The environment of the Honors classroom is different from other courses, encouraging active and lively discussion, independent and critical thinking, and creative activities that challenge the mind. The combination of WKU's top faculty teaching enriched course content with field trips and engaging class projects not only means added academic success, but better post-graduation options for you.


Academic Blueprint

The academic opportunities in the Honors College are as limitless as they are customizable. Our Academic Blueprint provides a sense of all these opportunities and the optimal time to take advantage of them.



The Honors College embeds its 33-hour curriculum into regular courses of study through various course types, such as general education, upper-division, electives, colloquium and an Honors core sequence. Students in all majors and academic disciplines can be a part of the Honors College. View the complete curriculum structure


Credit by Exam

Students can earn college credit in a variety of ways, including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Credit.  Use our credit by exam guide to calculate how your credits might be counted.


Academic Transitions Program

Academic Transitions Program (ATP) is WKU's official enrollment and registration program. The Honors College encourages incoming freshmen to sign up for the earliest ATP that fits your schedule in order to access the classes you want to take before they fill. Learn more about ATP


Honors Advising

All Honors College students will be assigned a primary academic advisor in his or her home academic department. In addition, all Honors students also have a secondary academic advisor in the Honors College to assist with Honors requirements, courses, study abroad plans, the Capstone Experience/Thesis Project, and general academic questions. Complete information about Honors advising is available in the current students section of our website.


Priority Registration

All current Honors College students in good standing are eligible for priority registration, allowing them to be among the first students at WKU to register for the following semester's courses. Priority registration is not included in ATP.


Capstone Experience/Thesis Project

The Capstone Experience/Thesis Project is an opportunity to expand your knowledge base or practical skills in an academic area that you are passionate about. Read an overview of the Capstone Experience/Thesis

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