Messages from the Dean

Dear students, colleagues, friends,

Two weeks ago in this space I included a teaser about two recent national recognitions for our Honors College.  We were just cited as a model for how to practice inclusive Honors admissions in a strong position paper released by the National Collegiate Honors Council.

And we were included in Inside Honors 2020-2021:  Ratings and Reviews of 40 Public University Honors Programs, a book published in September by the founder and editor of the groundbreaking website publicuniversityhonors.comJohn WillinghamThe entire volume is very worth reading, but this line on Appalachian's Honors College caught my eye:  "Innovative, creative, student-centered, and [...] firmly on the path toward overall excellence [...]."  Let's use these good words to inspire us to ever greater heights in the service of our Honors students and faculty, and of Appalachian State University. 



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.