Honors Residential College

Community of Scholars – Honors Quad

The Community of Scholars is a special Living Learning opportunity in the Honors Quad (HQ).

The “HQ” is the home of the Lewis Honors College and is comprised of Lewis, Haggin, Donovan and Johnson Residence Halls.

The Community of Scholars is available for any student — whether a member of the Lewis Honors College or not — who is interested in living and learning in a community dedicated to enriching their academic experiences in order to grow intellectually, personally, and socially.

The Community of Scholars is a collaboration between the staff and faculty of the Lewis Honors College and members of the UK Residence Life staff. This community focuses on ensuring that every student finds an opportunity for engagement through participation in a variety of high-impact, academically rigorous programs that promote interaction with other students, faculty, and staff.

As a member of the Community of Scholars, a student will have access to a broad range of academic and social experiences — from engaging with world leaders on a variety of subjects to having donuts with the Dean.

Students in this distinctive community also will be directly involved in the development of HQ programs by planning and participating in roundtable discussions and programs such as “Open Mic” Nights, Film Nights, Hikes to the Red River Gorge, Podcasts, and Drum Circle, to name a few.

Other student-led initiatives include Study Groups and other social groups that are created and led by Honors Peer Mentors and Residential Assistants. These are open to all students in the Community of Scholars.

The goal is for members of the Community of Scholars to become life-long learners as they aspire to live a balanced life of academics, wellness, and leadership in their communities and society beyond the UK experience. At the University of Kentucky, we believe it is our responsibility to prepare students for lives of meaning and purpose.

Events and Programming

Programming for the Community of Scholars offers co-curricular activities, including:

  • The Lewis Lecturer Series, CommuniTEAS (where members of the greater Lexington community participate in discussions about important issues);
  • Lewis Honors Dean Christian Brady’s podcast, “What’s your purpose?”;
  • Book readings/signings with authors across campus or from the Lexington community;
  • Engaging lectures or film screenings with discussions; and
  • Scholars participating in a variety of co-sponsored programs with the Residential Life staff that include health and well-being programming as well as numerous "just for fun" programming, including cooking classes and yoga.

Peer Mentors

Lewis Honors College (LHC) Peer Mentors and Resident Advisors are the lifeblood of the Community of Scholars. They plan and carry out great programing, get to know students individually and help foster a true sense of community within the Honors Quad.

The Honors Quad classrooms and office spaces are also located in Lewis Hall, sharing space with the Scholars Lounge. Classrooms and other spaces for group and individual study are available in Donovan Hall including a limited number of offices for student groups/organizations and a Lounge.

Student Profile

The Community of Scholars is looking for highly motivated, academically oriented students.

The HQ is one of the most popular residential spaces on campus, with many students returning to live in our community all four years. Students admitted to the Lewis Honors College are automatically eligible for housing in the HQ, and non-Honors students are encouraged to apply!

It is highly competitive, though, so whether or not you are in the LHC, be sure that you select Honors Residential College as your Number 1 choice in the housing application.

Connected Courses

The Community of Scholars does not require connected courses associated with living in our community.

Students who are in the Lewis Honors College already engage in a challenging and enriching curriculum across all four years of their undergraduate experience. Please learn about the Honors curriculum at http://www.uky.edu/honors/curriculum.

Students who are not admitted into the LHC in their first year may apply after they have completed two semesters at the University of Kentucky. Please see http://www.uky.edu/honors/upper-level-admission for more details.


All students who participate in the Community of Scholars reside in the Honors Quad (Donovan, Johnson, Haggin, and Lewis Hall). These high-tech, state-of-the-art residence halls and learning centers 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.