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The Honors Program

Honors Residential College

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About the Honors Residential College

The Honors Residential College (RC) allows students who are members of UK's Honors Program to enrich their collaborative learning in a supportive and close-knit environment. Students who participate in the Honors RC receive targeted programming intended to enhance the scholarly experience. Through increased interaction with faculty inside and outside of the classroom, students are immersed in a stimulating intellectual and social environment that promotes and supports student success.

Living in the Honors RC provides a multitude of benefits to high-achieving students. Students form meaningful friendships with like-minded peers, engage in academic growth and exploration, explore fun as well as enlightening co-curricular activities, and interact with upperclassmen Peer Mentors. These combined advantages help students to gain a sense of “home” within the greater university community.

Events and Programming

Programming for the Honors RC includes co-curricular activities—such as our NanoTED Talks, Coffee House, Snow Storm Series (conversations with the Director, Dr. Diane Snow, and faculty guests) and Honors students participate in a variety of co-sponsored programs with the Residential Life staff that include health & well-being programming as well as numerous “just for fun” programming, such as our wildly successful Harry Potter Month (during which we have 24 co-sponsored events culminating in the Yule Ball). The Honors RC also offers academic support, such as peer tutoring and group study sessions for popular classes among Honors students.

Peer Mentors

Honors Program Peer Mentors are the lifeblood of the Honors RC—they plan and carry out great programing, get to know students individually and help foster a true sense of community within the Honors Complex (which is comprised of Central II, Johnson, and Haggin Halls).

Student Profile

The Honors Living Learning Community is looking for highly-motivated academic oriented students who have been accepted into the Honors program at UK. The Honors RC is one of the most popular Residential Colleges on campus, with many students returning to live in our community ALL FOUR YEARS. It is also highly competitive, so make sure that you select Honors as your #1 choice in the housing application, even if you aren’t yet sure whether you have been accepted to the Honors Program yet (your second choice will automatically become your first choice if you are not accepted to Honors).


All students who participate in the Honors RC reside in the Honors Complex (Central II, Johnson, and Haggin). All three of these beautiful buildings are located on central campus, right across from the W.T. Young Library and in easy walking distance to dining in K-Lair, Ovid’s, and Starbucks.

To access the UK Housing Application, click here.

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