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The Lewis Honors College

Mission ~ Values ~ Vision


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.


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


The Lewis Honors College aspires to be the premier undergraduate residential college in the nation, where students live and engage in a transformational experience of self-discovery and learning through a shared sense of community, personal responsibility, and dedication to a challenging curriculum. Through a commitment to, and engagement in, highly engaged teaching and learning, Honors College faculty and staff seek to prepare students to be their best and prepared for positions in the community and the world as effective leaders, teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals, as well as provide intellectual leadership to the UK campus.

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.”