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The Lewis Honors College

Mission ~ Values ~ Vision

Mission

The Honors curriculum challenges students intellectually, provides access to the most creative minds at the University of Kentucky, and prepares students for advanced study and global competency.”

The Lewis Honors College is dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education, and engages students holistically to learn and thrive. Representing every major and college at UK, the Lewis Honors College provides alternative customized pathways to serve outstanding, highly-motivated, and dedicated students. Through its innovative and multi-disciplinary curriculum, an Honors education at UK opens up a world of inquiry, including research, education abroad, and service. The Honors curriculum challenges students intellectually, provides access to the most creative minds at UK, and prepares students for advanced study and global competency. UK Honors students are drawn from around the state, region, country and many regions of the world, and once on campus, become engaged in many leadership roles. When they graduate, UK Honors students join prestigious organizations or further their education at notable institutions worldwide, and become effective leaders and global citizens who contribute to positive change.

Values

The Lewis Honors College is guided by its core values:

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Curiosity
  • Mutual respect and human dignity
  • Diversity and inclusivity
  • Academic freedom
  • Personal accountability and social responsibility
  • A sense of community
  • Civic engagement and service

Vision

The Lewis Honors College will provide a world class honors experience that is known for the success of its students, the quality of its faculty and curriculum, the respect of its peers, and the economic and social progress of our communities.

Pledge of Excellence

As a member of the Lewis Honors College I dedicate myself to intellectual inquiry, life-long learning, and critical thinking. I pledge to demonstrate personal and academic integrity both in and outside of the classroom. I pledge to always be willing to engage my peers in earnest and respectful discussion with an open mind.”