Message from Dean Vahlbusch

orienation_2019_collage.jpgEndings and beginnings are equally exciting in the Honors College. 

We said “good-bye and farewell” at our Honors graduation ceremony on May 11th, celebrating 64 amazing spring 2019 Honors College graduates with individual praise, deep gratitude, happy tears, and heartfelt applause. And then we handed each graduate the microphone, and we listened. 

Please see the news story below to learn more about our graduates, the ceremony, and for photos

We’ve been saying “hello” since the beginning of Honors summer orientation on May 30th, welcoming the 118 amazing new Honors students who will be joining us this fall. 

Our goal in the Honors College is intellectual, personal, and professional development at the highest possible levels. Hearing our graduates’ astonishing achievements and their moving words of thanks to family, faculty, the university, and the Honors College, it is clear that we, collectively and collaboratively, are succeeding. 

Sending congratulations to all our students, and best wishes for next steps. Please keep in touch with us and let us know how we can help!


Click here for the full Wednesday Memo for June 12, 2019.

The top photos feature three of the first Orientation groups of Fall 2019 incoming Honors College Students. Each photo includes Honors rising senior and economics major Stephen Justice, theHonors College 2019 Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL). Photos by Toni Addae-Kumi. 



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.