Messages from the Dean

I want to celebrate and welcome the largest entering Honors College cohort in recent memory: 151 great new students will join us this fall to pursue a first-rate education in an Honors College and Honors community striving to be a national model for excellence in Honors education.

I also want to acknowledge the extraordinary uncertainty that we all—students and parents especially, but also faculty and staff across the university—are feeling and, yes, suffering under.

These are challenging days for all of us, with no easy end to the challenges in sight. But my comfort is this:  Honors students are wonderfully good at turning difficulties and uncertainties into real gains. So let’s rise to these challenges together, and work together, to keep ourselves, our lives and educations, and our communities, safe and growing and moving forward.

Click here for the full version of the July 15, 2020 Honors Wednesday Memo from which the above excerpts were taken.

I’m writing today to say clearly and loudly:  Black lives matter. The horrifying deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others cry out to all of us to listen, learn, and act.

Our Honors College is an inclusive, mutually supportive community of students, faculty, and staff. We seek to prepare our students and ourselves to lead positive change in the world. Our Honors College must be a place where we learn to live together as anti-racists, and where we work together and with others to help create an anti-racist world that truly is just for all.

Click here for the June 17, 2020 Honors Wednesday Memo from which the above excerpts were taken.


COVID-19 update:

Visit the App State COVID-19 Information website for the latest official updates.

Beginning March 23, App State transitioned from in-person instruction to a system of alternative course delivery. We will return to in-person instruction as soon as reasonably possible.

In response to COVID-19, we in the Honors College are actively practicing both physical distancing and social solidarity and responsibility.  We are very much open for business, but are also currently working hard to limit the need of students, faculty, and staff to come to Appalachian Hall. To connect with us, please email or call 828-262-2083 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. To connect with Dean Jeff Vahlbusch, please email him at We will respond as soon as possible.



Upcoming Events

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 Upcoming Events Page for an archive of announcements from this current semester.

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.