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Vision Statement:

The Honors College at Emporia State University aspires to be recognized as a significant catalyst for the improvement of communities in Kansas and beyond.

Mission Statement:

The Honors College at Emporia State University will prepare students to be agents of change for the common good in their respective communities.

Honors College Affiliations:

The Honors College at Emporia State University complies with the characteristics for an Honors College stipulated by the National Collegiate Honors Council. The Honors College is an active member of both the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Great Plains Honors Council.

Honors College Components:

Adaptive Leadership Training

Seasoned Honors College students and faculty will provide adaptive leadership training to new students that will enable them to join with others in addressing the challenges of the day.

Community Engagement

Students will engage with members of communities in Kansas and beyond to address challenges those communities face.  Prior to graduation, students are encouraged to select a community, diagnose a need that community has, and design and implement a project to help that community make progress on that need.

Relationship Development

Students will develop relationships with each other and with faculty members that will last a life-time. Research shows that strong relationships enhance student academic performance, increase retention rates, and increase students’ quality of life.

Enhanced Curriculum

Traditional honors courses and honors contract courses will be offered. These courses will provide a rich and broad educational experience to students that will assist them in achieving their academic potentials.


Students will experience peer, faculty, and community mentoring as they complete undergraduate research, scholarship, creative, and leadership activities.

Living and Learning Spaces

A modern, technologically enhanced space will be provided to students that will facilitate academic achievement and social cohesion. Students will also have the opportunity to live in an Honors College residential facility.


Students will be provided annual, renewable scholarships contingent on satisfactory progress in meeting Honors College requirements.