Message from Dean Vahlbusch

Welcome to our 118 new Honors College students, and to their parents and families!

Thank you for choosing Appalachian and the Honors College. You have joined a community of caring, giving, dedicated colleagues and friends who will work hard and joyfully to help you thrive, learn, and grow.  Here's proof:

  • The 46 extraordinary Honors College sophomore, junior, and senior volunteers who joined the Honors Early Move-In Team and made our new student move-in last Wednesday smooth and swift—or at least as swift as the tiny Cone Hall unloading zone will ever permit.
  • The many devoted faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Sustainable Development who selflessly guided our new Honors College students last Thursday through an exciting day of learning and service at the University's Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm in Ashe County.
  • The dedicated Honors College faculty, staff, and returning students who, at our Friday Honors College Convocation, spoke movingly about what Honors education means to them and mapped pathways for student success.

Sending gratitude and best wishes to all for a great year in Honors and at Appalachian!





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.