An Honors education at UK opens up an exciting world of inquiry, including research, education abroad, and service that will challenge students intellectually, provide access to the most creative minds at UK, and prepare participants for advanced study and to make a difference in the world upon graduation. The Honors curriculum requires Honors coursework in UK Core Inquiry, participation in at least two for-credit Honors Experiences, a Senior Capstone, and a choice of coursework campus-wide to fulfill the educational goals of the Honors student. There are Honors Course expectations across the academic career of the student, opportunities for residential experiences in Honors Living Learning Communities, particularly during the first two years, academic flexibility, and enhanced advising an co-curricular opportunities.
Honors Pathway Programs allow students in certain majors to have a more specialized trajectory through the Honors curricula, and include Global Scholars, Social Enterprise, Scholars in Engineering and Management (SEAM), and Scholars in Nursing. We welcome you to explore each pathway curriculum option. Interested incoming first-year students should apply for pathway programs through the University Honors Program process, though these pathways are housed with college partners in Gatton College of Business and Economics, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing.