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"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

-- William Butler Yeats

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Welcome to the University Honors Program.

Established in 2000, the program offers interdisciplinary courses and co-curricular activities to enhance the educational experience of our best students. In every case, our aim is to "pursue knowledge and vocation through vigorous exploration of the arts and sciences." Whether your interests are laboratory exploration or historical research, painting a landscape scene or constructing a new computer game, teaching underprivileged children or interning with a major bank, our program will help you excel.

Our entering 2009 cohort of twenty-five students represent major interests in all three university colleges-- mathematics, pre-medicine, history, education, youth ministry, engineering, finance, English, and business--and these students bring impressive high school records and scores, averaging 29 on the ACT and 1312 on the SAT. This cohort joins a total honors group of eighty-one students, representing about 5% of our university population. Our honors scholars include student senate officers, club presidents, varsity athletes, transfer students, foreign students, and even a few locals. I hope it's obvious that you'd fit in well, and we'd love to have you.

Our program is distinctive from many other similar programs in its unique combination of flexibility and rigor. With the help of the university's outstanding scholar teachers, we offer core courses and honors seminars that challenge you and demand an intensity of effort that may remind you of a really tough AP course. You'll learn a great deal, and you'll make memories and build associations with faculty mentors to last a lifetime, but you'll also work hard. But our program also is more flexible than many others. If a course won't fit your degree plan, we'll work on a substitute; if you want to study abroad, we'll find ways to bring your studies into your program; if you transfer in AP or dual credit courses, we won't make you take them again.

Outside of the classroom, the University Honors Program offers you exceptional opportunities for learning. Join us on Friday and Saturday evenings for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra or a touring Broadway production. Travel with your professors to Dallas museums. Spend a summer or a semester in Central America, Europe, or Africa. Work with an internship program in Washington, D.C. Present your research from classes at national conferences.

Above all, our goal is to help you excel at LCU for today and tomorrow. Many of you will want to go to graduate school, and the University Honors Program provides academic preparation for future study and the best chances at prestigious graduate scholarships and fellowships. Others will leave LCU for careers and family priorities, and your time here will provide a good foundation for these plans.

So look around, and consider the opportunities. I'm sure you'll be glad you did.

Need to contact us? Honors@lcu.edu or 806.720.7603

Dr. Patty

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2013