Students can enroll in Honors-only courses and seminars designed especially for them. These courses have smaller class sizes and greater student-professor interaction, allowing each student to benefit more from the course even as the community grows. Other benefits include:
Honors students who are in good standing with the Honors Program have access to early registration. This privilege extends to students who have taken an Honors course (or contracted for Honors credit) the previous semester, as well as maintained the required GPA, or notified the Honors Program of their use of a semester’s leave. Honors students are expected to attend Honors Advising sessions in Fall and Spring in order for the early registration date to be applied. See MavSYNC and check your UNO email for more details about when Honors advising takes place, and how to sign up!
The University Honors Program administers several different scholarships and provides support for applications to national fellowships and scholarships. High school seniors who apply to UNO before February 1st and have been accepted, rank in the top 10% of their class, and have a high ACT score are invited to take the Distinguished Scholarship Competition toward the end of that month. The results are used to identify five recipients of full tuition scholarships for their careers at UNO; the test also serves as a substitute for the English Placement Test for composition courses. There are also scholarships available to Honors seniors in good standing through an application process in spring of their junior year at UNO.
Honors Program Facilities
The Honors Program is located in Kayser Hall, suite 208. There is a student lounge for studying and relaxing, a small kitchen with microwave and refrigerator for lunches, and computer facilities (including printing). These facilities are open to Honors Program students 24 hours a day and can be used for individual or group study. Evening access requires an access card; please stop into the Honors Program office for more details.
Honors students have priority for housing in University and Maverick Villages, which are 550-bed apartment-style units in the residence halls on UNO's North Campus. Each unit contains a living area, four individual bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen area. Incoming Fall students can opt to be a part of Honors Learning Communities, which are housed in Maverick Village and which group students in a dorm building and select Honors courses together. Students can thus live and learn in Honors.
Students in the Entrepreneurial Living Learning Community (ELLC) reside together in Scott Village, participate in weekly meetings of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and attend events on and off campus. Incoming freshman applicants will be considered for a $1,500 Entrepreneurship Community Scholarship, with the possibility of renewal at $1,000 during their returning sophomore year. Scholars may come from any major and should demonstrate a record of innovative or entrepreneurial accomplishments. In addition to participating in the ELLC, Entrepreneurship Community Scholars will complete an entrepreneurship cohort course in the fall of their freshman year.
Domestic and International Honors Semesters are available to students through the National Collegiate Honors Council. These semester-long academic experiential programs allow honors students from throughout the United States and Canada to earn Honors credit in learning experiences that emerge from the unique traits of the semester's locale. Please stop into the Honors Program office for more details.
The Washington Center is an independent nonprofit organization that provides internship programs and academic seminars to college students from across the country and around the world. They are affiliated with 850 colleges and universities nationwide and work with 2,000 - 3,000 internship placements in Washington representing major professional fields in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Click here to learn more.
Members of CBA's Academy are also members of the University Honors Program. Learn more about it here.
MavSYNC is a special Honors group that shares unique opportunities and events with Honors Students.
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