Welcome from the Director

January 2017

Welcome to The Honors College and the start of spring semester! We are looking forward to continue providing our high-achieving students the opportunities to make the most of their higher education and Appalachian experience.

Dr. Ted Zerucha

We are busy preparing for the coming semester, advising students and providing thesis information sessions. I would also like to welcome the 34 new students admitted to the Honors College for this semester. Looking beyond, to the 2017-18 academic year, we are currently in the process of going through and evaluating the more than 1000 applications we received for admission to the Honors College. We expect to be able to accommodate about 10% of the students who apply and acceptance as well as waitlist letters should be going out within the next couple of weeks. We are also looking forward to Scholars Day on February 25 when we will interview and select the 2017 Chancellor's Scholars.

One of the major themes we will continue to be focusing on for the coming semester is community. We hope to strengthen the relationships amongst our students, the faculty associated with the Honors College, Appalachian State University and the High Country. We are looking forward to participating in the Appalachian Winterfest Snowflake Parade in Blowing Rock. I am also eager to see what the Appalachian Honors Association (AHA!) has planned for the semester as well as new entries in Shauna Caldwell's Facebook Appalachian Honors Portrait Project.

I hope you will continue to check in to see what we are doing and where we are heading. As you explore our website I hope you discover more about us and the opportunities we provide for our students. We also encourage you to contact or to visit us to find out more about we can offer.

Dr. Ted Zerucha
Interim Director, The Honors College

The Honors College at ASU!

The Honors College at Appalachian offers an enhanced intellectual experience for the most academically motivated students on campus, one that fosters independent and creative thinking, global engagement, and personal integrity. The Honors curriculum includes topically focused, interdisciplinary, and discussion-based seminars. It extends to a required international experience, and culminates in an Honors thesis as original research or a creative endeavor. Students in the Honors College are supported and challenged by a community of like-minded learners. From the Honors experience, students emerge as lifelong learners well prepared for post-graduate training—leaders of the future.


Welcome to the Honors College Announcement Center! Check back here frequently for updates on Honors College events, programs, and information. Current Honors College announcements are also posted live on the front office TV screen, so come by and see us! Visit the Announcements Page for an archive of announcements from this current semester.