Messages from the Dean

Dear Honors students, faculty, staff, friends,

As this challenging semester ends and summer starts to begin, we're interested in YOU and what you are planning, doing, working on, researching, exploring, creating!

Click here to reach our simple SHARE YOUR STORY form. With your permission, we may share results in an upcoming Honors Monthly Memo and may reach out to you for more details. We will publish one HWM per summer month at the end of May, June, July.

I'm sending my deep gratitude to each of you for staying the course during this difficult year and keeping yourselves and the Honors College and Appalachian moving forward:  in courses, community, spirit, residential life, leadership, research, scholarship, creative activity, service.

Years ago a student quoted on the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Honors Program website at the University of Michigan described the goal of Honors education as "days well lived."  With my colleagues in Appalachian Hall and beyond, I'm looking forward to great Honors days to come.

Be in touch!


Click here for the full version of the latest Honors Wednesday Memo.

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COVID-19 update:

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

In response to COVID-19, we in the Honors College are practicing both physical distancing and social solidarity and responsibility.  We are very much open for all Honors College business, but Honors College staff, student employees, and faculty are also currently working in only limited ways in Appalachian Hall. Students, prospective students, parents, visitors:  if you would like to connect with us, please email or call 828-262-2083 and leave a message. To connect with Dean Jeff Vahlbusch, please email him at or leave a message at 828-262-7573. We will respond as soon as possible.

Honors College Policies for Honors College student Use of Appalachian Hall

Honors College COVID-related Academic Policies



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.