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Find Your Home in the Honors College

We believe an Honors education should prepare you for life after your undergraduate career. In the Honors College, we'll encourage you to think for yourself, question everything and connect the unconnected.

New Student Orientation

Portrait of Dr. Damien Clement in Stewart Hall

Welcome to the Honors College

My name is Damien Clement, and I am the Acting Dean of the Honors College at West Virginia University.

We are truly excited that you have decided to come to WVU, and I am proud to welcome you to the Honors College.

Read Dr. Clement's Message

The Honors Experience Webinar
June 8

Curious what it’s like being in the Honors College? Watch a replay of our webinar featuring Dr. Damien Clement, Honors College acting dean; Dr. Kevin Gooding, Honors Living-Learning Community coordinator; and Dr. Ashley Watts, coordinator of Honors mentoring and tutoring programs — plus current Honors students and residence hall coordinators from Honors and Lincoln halls.

Watch on YouTube

Honors Student Q&A
June 15

Watch the Honors Student Q&A to hear about topics like residence hall life, Honors courses, the benefits of being in the Honors College, how to stay organized, getting involved in research and finding a part-time job.

Watch on YouTube

All About the Honors College

To keep on-track, please watch these three short videos prior to your advising appointment with an adviser in your major.

Honors College Overview

Types of Honors Classes

What Is Honors 298o?

Your Honors Schedule

Make sure you have these two items on your schedule.

HONR 298o

In your first semester, you will take the HONR 298o Honors Orientation Add-On, which is an add-on course led by upperclass Honors student mentors.

Watch HONR 298o Video

An Honors Course

You will also take an Honors course, preferably a 3-credit course. There are four ways to earn Honors credit as a first-semester student:

  • Honors sections of regular courses. These are class sections marked H01, H02, etc.
  • Honors courses. Courses with the class subject code HONR.
  • Cross-listed sections. Student meets with regular section but must enroll in Honors section marked H01, etc.
  • Add-on courses. Student must register for associated non-Honors course and the Honors add-on, whose course number is normally 298.

How to Choose an Honors Course

The Honors course you choose for your first semester could be a course that also completes requirements for your major, a General Education Foundations course, a special topics course from our Honors Faculty Fellows, or even a research course through the Research Apprenticeship Program, which gives first-semester freshmen the opportunity to get started in research.

The adviser in your major will speak with you about which course options are best for you. Learn how to look up Honors courses and see a full list of Honors courses appropriate for first-year students. Find a list of Honors courses that also fulfill GEF requirements.

Get Your Questions Answered

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Schedule a Call

Want to schedule a call to learn more about opportunities at WVU this fall? Click one of the links below to sign up for a time for us to call you! You can sign up to learn more about any of these three:

  • The Honors College. Receive a call from a current Honors student.
  • Pre-Health. Speak with staff in our Pre-Health Professional Development Office and learn more about preparing for health professional graduate school admissions starting your freshman year.
  • Research. Did you know you can get started with research at WVU as soon as the first semester of your freshman year? Receive a call from the Office of Undergrad Research, and hear about great opportunities like the Research Apprenticeship Program.

If time slots fill up, more times will be added.

Schedule Current Honors Student Call Schedule Pre-Health Call Schedule Undergrad Research Call

Questions about the Honors College and your schedule? Contact Acting Dean Damien Clement at or 304-293-2100.

Stay Connected With Us This Summer

We can’t wait for you to join us this fall!

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Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date and hear about events, opportunities to engage with current students, and more throughout the summer!

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Get Started on the Campus Read

This year’s book is “The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After” by Clemantine Wamariya. Keep an eye on your email for more information!

Campus Read

Check the Honors College Admitted Student Page

Don’t forget to check the Honors College Admitted Students page. We’ll be updating it with more information (including answers to your frequently asked questions!) throughout the summer.

Honors College Admitted Student Page