University of Charleston

University of Charleston

UC Honors College

A special community for high achieving students.

Join a community of UC students from all majors with exceptional academic ability and accomplishments


Welcome to the UC Honors College, a community of innovative scholars who enter the university with evidence of exemplary high school and/or college achievement. Through the Honors College, students will develop as leaders, completing scholarly pursuits and high levels of community engagement beyond the typical graduate.

Honors College members live together in the same residence hall in the Honors Living Learning Community.

If you are applying to a UC accredited program, through the Honors College you will be eligible for direct admission to our professional programs, including radiology, nursing, education, physician assistant, School of Pharmacy.

And when you graduate, you will have many resume-enhancing experiences, as well as a portfolio of projects to show potential employers.


Honors College Application 

I’m incredibly thankful for the experiences I’ve had in the Honors College. I’ve gained a new perspective on learning and a deeper appreciation for giving back to my community. — Taylor Green

Why apply for the Honors College?

As a UC Honors College student, you’ll have the opportunity for intensive, applied studies and coursework with an emphasis on experiential learning. As a member of the Honors College, you’ll also:

  • Participate in the Freshman Honors College Seminar
  • Be a part of our Interdisciplinary Academies: Innovative Leadership, Community Development, Intellectual Discovery and Global Awareness
  • Choose from a wide range of classes with honors opportunities
  • Work with UC faculty one-on-one on special projects
  • Participate in Community Engagement Experiences
  • Have a Senior Capstone Seminar
  • Be recognized at UC Commencement


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Taylor Honors College

Who Qualifies?

To qualify for the Honors College, you must have a high school GPA of 3.8 or higher, 26 ACT or 1230 SAT, demonstrated community engagement and a successful interview with a member of the Honors College faculty.

Criteria for Acceptance

Incoming freshmen and transfer students who meet the entrance criteria are invited to apply. A second-semester freshman or transfer student with evidence of exemplary first-semester work may petition the program directors for admission into the program.


For First Time Freshmen:

  • 3.8 High School GPA (weighted or unweighted)
  • 26 ACT or 1230 Redesigned SAT
  • Demonstrated exceptional community activism or engagement
  • Complete a personal interview


Current First Year UC Students:

You may also join the Honors College after a successful first semester at UC with successful completion of 15 or more credits with a cumulative 3.8 GPA

Transfer Students:

You may also be eligible for admission to the Honors College with completion of 15 or more credits with a cumulative 3.8 GPA earned at a previous institution.

honors student

Suggested Plan of Discovery

  • Year One


    • Honors Freshman Seminar  (HNRS 101/102)
    • Interdisciplinary Academy (1 recommended)
    • Community Engagement Experiences (2)
  • Year Two


    • Interdisciplinary Academies (2 recommended)
    • Community Engagement Experiences  (2)
  • Year Three & Four


    • Interdisciplinary Academy (1 recommended)
    • Community Engagement Experiences  (3)
    • Senior Capstone Seminar  (HNRS 400)

As a member of the UC Honors College, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate intellectual innovation utilizing arguments that critically analyze information from a variety of sources and divers perspectives
  • Apply values of ethical leadership, interdisciplinary engagement, and respect for diversity
  • Contribute and collaborate as informed members of local and global communities

Ready to join us? Reach out today and let’s get started.


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Ready to join us? Reach out today and let’s get started.


Apply Now

Kara Fisher
Kara Fisher, PhD

Honors College Director
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Hallie Chillag
Hallie Chillag

Multidisciplinary Studies Program Director
Associate Professor of Social Sciences
Honors College Director