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Gary Davis, Director
J. Christensen, Assistant Director

Designed for students of high academic abilities, the Honors Program offers an exciting experience in the liberal arts tradition. Small classes enhance student-faculty interaction and increase opportunities for intellectual exploration. At the same time, this four-year program enriches and supplements all academic majors in the university. It also offers interdisciplinary seminars and an excellent opportunity for independent study. Students will mix with the larger university community and reap the benefits of social and professional variety.

Academic Aspects
The Honors Program offers a four-year academic program which traditionally requires that students complete twenty-four hours of Honors courses spread over the entire collegiate career. During the first four or five semesters students typically are required to take five three-credit hour honors courses from the General Studies requirements, at least one general studies Honors course per semester. During the final four semesters, students must complete nine hours of 300-400 (junior-senior) level courses taken from their disciplines; the final three hours of the nine required is considered a Senior Project.

Admissions Criteria

  1. First-time freshmen must normally have a minimum ACT score of 26 or above, rank in the top 25% of their high school class, and complete an essay.
  2. Upon completing 12 credit hours students currently enrolled at UNK may apply for admission to the Honors Program. These students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, must complete an essay (same topics as above), and must interview with the Director and Assistant Director.


  1. The Honors Program offers several room waiver scholarships to incoming freshmen. Students who remain in the Program and in good standing (maintenance of a 3.25 cumulative grade point average) may hold these scholarships for four years. In addition, the Program offers Merit and other Honors scholarships. Honors scholarship winners may hold tuition or other scholarships as well.
  2. Traditionally, two students in each incoming freshman class receive the Omaha World Herald/Kearney Hub Scholarship. This scholarship provides tuition, room, board, fees, and books for four years, again with maintenance of a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.

Students may participate in the Honors Program without a scholarship.

For additional information contact:
Director of UNK Honors Program
Memorial Student Affairs Building, Room 112
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849-0001
Phone: 234-8497 or 865-8172
Email: davisg@unk.edu or christenseje@unk.edu

11 May 2006