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What is EKU Honors?

EKU an EKU Honors Scholar standing during commencement with sitting students around her

EKU Honors is a dynamic, supportive learning community available to students in any major. Honors students complete 18-25 hours of creative and innovative Honors courses designed to replace general education credits you may still need and enhance your experience.

As an Honors student, you’ll take classes with professors who are excited about the material they’re teaching and who care about you and your learning. Honors class sizes average 18-20 students in highly interactive, discussion-based settings. You’ll be surrounded by students who take their academic and professional goals seriously but still enjoy their college experience.

EKU Honors has a $2.5 million endowment that we get to spend on student research, travel, and study abroad opportunities. Membership in EKU Honors does not require an additional program fee.

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Applying to EKU Honors

You can apply to EKU Honors as an incoming first-year student, a current EKU student or a transfer student. Select the link that best describes you to find out specific information about applying.

EKU Honors holds one application cycle each year. Applications typically open early in the fall semester. You can apply for Honors after you’re accepted to EKU. Students accepted in our annual application cycle start in the Honors Program in the fall semester.

Honors courses are only offered at the EKU Richmond campus.

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Application Deadlines

EKU Honors holds one application cycle each year. Applications typically open in August. You can apply for Honors after you’re accepted to EKU.

We encourage all interested students to apply by our priority application deadline of January 15. Applying by that date means you can expect an admission decision by mid-February. Students conditionally accepted to Honors are required to accept and secure their spot in the program via email by May 1.

Our final application deadline is April 1. Applications received between January 16 and April 1 will be evaluated on a rolling basis, and students can anticipate a decision emailed to them within 4-6 weeks of their application date. All decisions will be emailed by April 15.

Transferring from the Honors Program or college at your current institution? Complete the automatic transfer steps before your first day of classes at EKU.

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Honors Curriculum

Students in the EKU Honors Program complete either the Honors Maroon or Honors Gold curriculum path. Students entering the Honors program in their first semester of college complete the Honors Maroon path, which requires 19-25 credit hours of honors coursework spread out over the course of their EKU career. Students entering the honors program after their first semester in college complete the Honors Gold path, which requires 13-18 credit hours of honors coursework during the rest of their EKU career.

Our honors curriculum paths are personalized to your specific major and educational goals.

EKU Maroon Track: Planning to begin EKU Honors in your first semester of college? Get a basic Honors Maroon curriculum guide (PDF, 77.8 Kb).

EKU Gold Track: Planning to begin EKU Honors after your first semester of college? Get a basic Honors Gold curriculum guide (PDF, 72.5 Kb).

Want to know specifics about how your major, prior credit, and educational goals might shape your EKU Honors experience? Email us at

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