The Honors College

You’re driven. Determined. Eager to learn. You want to be surrounded by people who are as enthusiastic as you are, and you want to be challenged to grow academically and personally. You’re extremely motivated to succeed in college and beyond, and you want to have fun along the way.

When you join the Honors College, you’ll become part of a community of students who are bright, fun and ambitious — just like you. You’ll get all the unique opportunities that Murray State University provides, plus seminar-style classes, personal development programs, travel opportunities and so much more. The Honors College is here to help you become the very best that you can be.


Challenge Yourself

Test your limits. Push yourself further. Go beyond expectations. The Honors College brings you so many opportunities to make the most of your potential, and our faculty and staff will be right beside you every step of the way.

  • Critical thinking: Honors seminars emphasize analytical thinking, independent projects and an understanding of other cultures.
  • Bonus learning opportunities: Participate in events that are available only to Honors students, such as conversational dinners, common reading experiences, TED Talks, regional trips, conference travel and Education Abroad.
  • Personalized guidance: The Honors Student Development Counselor works with each student to find meaningful internships, prestigious scholarships and more.
  • Extracurricular activities: Honors Student Council organizes service projects, philanthropy fundraising events, student trips, social events and intramural sports teams, specifically for Honors students.
Alumni Spotlight
Rebecca Cunningham

Rebecca Cunningham, Class of 2014
Amgen Scholar in Cellular Biology at Washington University & NSF Fellowship Winner

“The Socratic method employed in Honors seminars afforded me the opportunity to better develop my writing and critical thinking skills. Writing the thesis my senior year was particularly beneficial. In graduate school, I wrote numerous scientific critiques and grants. The thesis encouraged me to think about how to construct scientific language and to think critically about my research.”

Learning in Action

You’ll get a whole different kind of learning experience in the Honors College. Instead of typical classes, you’ll participate in interactive seminars as well as experiential learning opportunities, including Education Abroad, undergraduate research and internships.

Your Community

Faculty and students work closely togetherThe Honors College is made up of energetic students of all majors. You’ll quickly find your place within the group with resources like the Honors Living Learning Community, Honors Student Council and supportive faculty.

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