Honors Program

The Honors Program

The Honors Program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney offers exceptional students the opportunity to excel in academic, leadership, and personal development during their undergraduate career. This four-year program enriches and supplements all academic majors at the University through special classes, an Honors learning community, scholarly projects (research and creative activity), study abroad, leadership development, and service learning.

The program is designed for students of high academic abilities and ambitions, offering a challenging experience in the Liberal Arts tradition. Specialized sections of Honors General Studies courses enhance student-faculty interaction, emphasize discussion in a seminar atmosphere, and increase opportunities for intellectual exploration.  In addition to the course requirements described below, Honors Students are expected to engage in other developmental opportunities.

UNK is a Top Public Regional University in the Midwest.  

Please consider being a part of the Honors community.  Honors students will have the opportunity to enroll in cutting-edge courses; participate in funded undergraduate research; volunteer in meaningful service to others; and travel abroad and domestically. In addition, first year students will have the opportunity to live in honors housing. The sense of community will reaffirm the importance of common purpose in the pursuit of excellence.

Please note that applications for the Omaha World-Herald/Kearney Hub Scholarship must be postmarked or electronically submitted by November 15, 2013. Applications for the Honors Program must be postmarked or submitted electronically on or before February 1, 2014.  Late applicants and interested returning students can apply after completion of 15 hours of UNK coursework provided the applicant has a 3.5 grade point average and has completed an application. Thank you for your interest in the Honors Program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

For further information please contact Dr. John Falconer 308.865.8702; honors@unk.edu.


First-time freshman may apply to the Honors Program after being admitted to UNK. This should be done in the Spring of their Senior high school year. They should have an ACT score of 27 or higher, rank in the top 25% of their high school class, and complete the on-line application including an essay and a letter of recommendation. This should be completed by February 1 for scholarship consideration, although later applications are welcome.

High School students who do not meet the criteria above may apply to join the Honors program after completing one semester at UNK (12 hours or more). This should be done in the Spring of the freshman year, prior to registering for Fall classes.  By February 15, these applicants should complete the on-line application, and must include a letter of recommendation from one of their first semester UNK instructors. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.5.  

Transfer students may apply to join the Honors program, but should talk to the Director before completing the application.  In cases where the student has completed a significant part of their general studies requirements, it may not be advisable to join the Honors Program.  If they are still able to take 9 credit hours of Honors General Studies courses, it may indeed be a good fit for the student.  

For further information, please contact:

Dr. John Falconer, Director