FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
+ What are the benefits of being an Honors College student?
The benefits of a Virginia Tech Honors College education include:
+ How is the Honors College at Virginia Tech (VT) different from other honors colleges?
Our academic position within Virginia Tech makes us unique in that we do not have a required curriculum. Instead, we offer many different ways a student can earn honors credit toward the completion of an honors diploma. Our honors diploma options provide an opportunity for a student to fully customize their honors experience based on their own goals for enriching and enhancing their Virginia Tech degree regardless of their major.
While the Honors College does partner with top-ranked faculty to offer exciting interdisciplinary collaboration courses and honors-specific sections of departmental courses, our goal is not to prescribe or replace the excellent offerings within major programs or general education at Virginia Tech. Instead, we support students in their efforts to explore within and beyond their major through undergraduate research, independent study, education abroad, and other opportunities that cannot be found in a traditional classroom.
+ What is an honors diploma and what are the different diploma options?
Virginia Tech Honors College students work toward an Honors Laureate Diploma. This diploma offers two options: the first is self-directed by the student, the second maintains that flexibility, but focuses the honors credit options around a particular curriculum established in advance by the Honors College in collaboration with disciplinary departments.
The Four Elements of an Honors Education are the foundation of an Honors Laureate Diploma. The Elements are Honors College Curriculum, Disciplinary Depth, Transdisciplinary Capabilities, and Undergraduate Research & Guided Experiential Learning. All honors students must earn at least six credits in each of these four Elements. Upon graduation, students are required to complete no less than thirty total credits in the four elements; six of the credits can be of a student’s choosing. Please see the Earning an Honors Laureate Diploma page in the Students tab for more information.
An honors diploma appears on the Virginia Tech diploma as a special designation and is not a separate document.
+ Is there a GPA requirement to remain in Honors?
There are several honors academic requirements and expectations. Please see the Earning an Honors Laureate Diploma page for more information.
+ How do I apply?
As an incoming first-year student or transfer student:
A first-year or transfer student application to Virginia Tech automatically includes consideration for admission to the Honors College and consideration for any relevant Honors College recruitment scholarships. There is no separate deadline to be considered for the Honors College. Students transferring from another post-secondary institution must have a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or better to be eligible.
As a current Virginia Tech student:
A current Virginia Tech student will receive an invitation to apply to the Honors College at the end of every fall and spring semester provided they have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or better. Access to the application will be available through that invitation.
+ How and when will I hear my admission decision?
First-year and transfer students admitted to Virginia Tech who meet the criteria for admission to the Honors College will receive a separate Honors College decision notification soon after the Virginia Tech admissions decision.
Current Virginia Tech students accepted into the Honors College will receive their decision via regular mail within several weeks after the submission of their application.
+ If I am not admitted to the Honors College as an incoming first-year student, are there other opportunities to be admitted?
Yes. Current Virginia Tech students receive an invitation to apply to the Honors College at the end of every fall and spring semester provided they have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or better.
+ Do I have to take an honors course every year?
There are many ways to earn honors credit outside of the traditional honors course. The Honors College asks students to earn honors credit at least once every twelve months. This credit can be from any of the ways to earn honors credit.
+ What are the differences between honors course sections and traditional course sections at VT?
While traditional undergraduate course sections can be large lecture courses, honors course sections, known as departmental honors courses, tend to be small and taught in unique ways. This not only allows honors students to take a more active role in the learning process, but also provides students with the opportunity to build meaningful and professional relationships with the top-ranked faculty members who teach honors courses.
+ What is honors housing and what are the benefits?
There are two honors housing options, the Hillcrest Community and the Honors Residential Commons. Honors houses are multidisciplinary and multigenerational, housing freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. An honors house is an academically passionate community where students live together, take classes together, and work closely with each other. These peer relationships last a lifetime. Upperclassmen are available to answer questions, give advice, listen to concerns, and direct others to faculty and classes that will enhance their experience at Virginia Tech. Faculty members are available for connections to the academic and professional community.
+ Must I live in an honors house to be an honors student?
No. Most honors students live in other Living Learning Communities or off-campus.
+ What scholarship opportunities are available to honors students?
The Virginia Tech Honors College offers recruitment scholarships to select incoming first-year students and other opportunities to receive merit-based scholarships at several points in a student’s academic career. See the Scholarship Opportunities page of this website for more detail.