I haven't seen too much discussion about honors programs. My son has been accepted into two of them so far. I have a bit of a problem with them at the moment. I know that they are all different depending on the school but the classes seem to be heavily reading, essay based in the first year ( in all that I've researched). My son is smart but heavily math and science focused. I also want him to be focused on doing well and getting used to the heavy workload in his regular and engineering classes. The idea of extra essay/reading based classes etc. as a freshman is concerning to me. One program says its not "more work" but the same classes he would normally take just more intense and will be with "like" students. That sounds great but then with more research I discovered that when he goes to honors orientation in June they will hand him a book to read and require a 4 page essay about the book on the first day of college in August. Then, when the honors college does their August volunteer effort (after moving in a day early), there is a "what I have learned" essay due after that. I haven't even told him this because who wants to do that on summer break .I wonder how necessary "honors" is. I did speak to one student at the school and he stays in honors for the early class registration and that's it.
I did see in a couple of other posts that many engineering students in other schools don't do honors for this reason. Any thought?