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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors College

Location: Founders Hall 295
Telephone: 859-572-5400
Email Address: honors@nku.edu
Web Address: https://nku.edu/honors-college.html
Dean: James Buss
Other Key Personnel:

Coordinator for Admissions, Brittany Bihl
Coordinator for Advising, David Kime
Coordinator of Honors First Year Experience, Tonya Krouse

The NKU Honors College seeks to recruit motivated students with high academic potential who might benefit from the engaging and enriching curricular and co-curricular opportunities offered by the college. The goal of the Honors College is to provide a transformational experience for our students, both in and out of the classroom through experiential learning, community-engaged scholarship, and servant leadership.

The Honors College seeks to inspire students, faculty, and staff by creating a bold and innovative environment in which to reshape the landscape of higher education.  We view the Honors College as a laboratory of learning, where students, faculty members, and the broader community exceed the bounds of a conventional university education, recognize failure as necessary to learning and growth, and embrace creativity and curiosity as central to a transformative educational experience.

The Honors College embraces the approach of distinctive learner-directed and learner-centered experiences. The college provides enhanced and enriched educational experiences so that students might make the most of their time at NKU through experimental course designs, engaged project-based learning courses, and enriching co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.

The Honors College serves:

  • Students by offering a unique transformative undergraduate experience through enhanced and enriched curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities that prepares students to become creative, independent thinkers and collaborative problem solvers, as well as active, empathetic and informed global citizens.  
  • The campus community by providing a pedagogical laboratory wherein faculty and students can envision and experiment with collaborative opportunities that transcend disciplinary boundaries and conventional methods of educational delivery.
  • External partners by linking campus to community and instilling in our students a sense of personal and social responsibility that will lead the community well into the future.


Students who wish to receive University Honors Scholar status upon graduate can choose from two distinct programs that provide enhanced and enriched undergraduate opportunities.