Honors College: Is It Worth It?

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I was never accepted into honors at college, but I had a fair amount of friends who were. While there are some perks that come with enrolling in the honors college at your university, is it worth it?

Living in a separate dorm 

Many times, when you are a part of the honors college, that means you live in a dorm with other honors students. This can be great for making friends in your classes, making study groups, and creating a close-knit friend group.

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On the other hand, it isolates you from other students at your university who may come from a different personal or academic background than you.

Will it help you once you graduate? 

That depends. If you plan to go on to graduate school once you graduate, being in the honors college can show the admissions board that you are serious about your academics. There is also a chance that they can provide you with additional counseling and advising that wouldn’t be available to those within general undergraduate population.

However, if you plan to head straight to the work force after you graduate, it may not matter as much. As far as academic accomplishments go, employers usually care about your GPA and whether you’ve made Dean’s List.

So, is accepting an offer from the Honors College the right choice? 

It all depends on what kind of college experience you want to have, and what you post-graduation plans are. It’s not for everyone, but there are some great benefits that come with joining. In the end, it just depends on what’s right for you.

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