The mission of the Honors College is to inspire and facilitate an extraordinary education for students of exceptional motivation and ability who seek to be active learners and who will apply their knowledge and skills to critical real-world problems. To this end, the Honors College provides opportunities and challenges founded on meaningful and sustained relationships with faculty, independent learning, undergraduate research, place-based and problem-focused experiences, and intellectual engagement in global contexts. Honors curricula are designed to maximize the disciplinary depth, transdisciplinary capabilities, and purpose-driven engagement that are the hallmarks of the Virginia Tech undergraduate student experience and the VT-Shaped Student.
Since our founding in the late 1970s, the Virginia Tech Honors College has encouraged students to create their own best honors education. We have grown significantly since then; our students now come from all seven undergraduate colleges at Virginia Tech and have significant scholarship opportunities as well as access to two honors residential communities.
In a setting as large as Virginia Tech, we provide students an intimate, small-college environment with all of the advantages of a world-leading teaching, research, and service institution.
CREATE YOUR OWN, unique HONORS EDUCATION.
Honors College provides opportunities for students to explore the depths of their discipline as well as broaden their education through transformative experiences like study abroad, service learning, and innovative honors courses that can cut across multiple disciplines.
We have no set curriculum—there many different ways to earn honors credit and two different honors diplomas that students can work toward.
CURRENT STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS.
Honors students comprise
of the VT undergraduate population