Honors Residential College

About the Honors Residential College

The Honors Residential College (RC) allows students who are members of UK's Lewis Honors College 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 Phil-ospher's Forum (an on-going series with our Dean Dr. Phil Harling covering a broad variety of subjects, sometimes with invited guests from across campus); the Arts Soiree, an event each semester that showcases Honors students engaged in the arts, visual, performance, music, etc.; our Annual Faculty Dinner; various book readings/signings with authors across campus or from the Lexington community; lectures or film screenings with discussions; 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 30 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

Lewis Honors College 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 Donovan, Johnson, and Haggin Halls—starting in Fall of 2017, the new Lewis Hall will open with expanded offices for faculty/staff as well as community and classroom space for students).

Student Profile

The Honors Living Learning Community is looking for highly-motivated academic oriented students who have been accepted into the Lewis Honors College 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 Lewis Honors College yet (your second choice will automatically become your first choice if you are not accepted to Honors).

Connected Courses

The Honors Residential College does not require connected courses associated with living in our community—rather, Honors students engage in our challenging and enriching curriculum across all four years of their undergraduate experience. Please learn about the Honors curriculum.


All students who participate in the Honors RC reside in the Honors Complex (Donovan, Johnson, Haggin Halls, and the new Lewis Hall with expanded offices for faculty/staff as well as community and classroom space for students). All 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, The 90, and Starbucks.

To access the UK Housing Application, click here.