The Honors College at Appalachian State 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.

Weekly Message

April 26, 2023

A Note from Honors Wednesday Memo Editor, Kistler Hunt:

Dear Honors students and friends of Honors,

This week is the last full week of classes for the Spring 2023 semester. It’s crazy how this semester has flown by! Considering that most final projects and final exams will be due soon, I wanted to offer some words of advice:

It’s so easy to forget about ourselves at this point in the semester, so remember to take care of yourself. We become so consumed with all the pending assignments and exams that we forget to take care of the person completing those exams and assignments – ourselves. I encourage you all to practice healthy self-care — drink water, take a walk, eat a snack, do whatever you need to do to stay well!

I wish you all the best for a wonderful end to the semester!

Best wishes,


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Meet the Dean

Dean Vahbusch

"One of the best things about being Honors dean are all the chances I have to define and refine Honors education at Appalachian, in conversation and collaboration with Honors students, faculty, parents, staff members, friends. In the words of national Honors leader Dr. Sam Schumann (1942-2014), 'Honors is trying to do undergraduate education as well as it can be done.' The Honors College and departmental Honors programs across the university are thus communities in which students, faculty, and staff gather to create new opportunities, to experiment and innovate, to grow together in collaborative pursuit of an important and ever-changing goal."

Dr. Jefford Vahlbusch
Dean, Honors College

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