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State schools with great honors programs

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  • AlmostThere2018AlmostThere2018 1223 replies42 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,265 Senior Member
    edited June 2018
    Oh, and have you checked out the Residential College at Michigan? Not an honors program, but a cool LAC within a large university. My daughter briefly flirted with applying but ended up not applying to Michigan at all.
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  • carolinamom2boyscarolinamom2boys 6895 replies223 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7,118 Senior Member
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    I'd like to recommend The Honors College at College of Charleston and Calhoun Honors at Clemson. My son attends CofC Honors and I acnt soeak highly enough about the program. It's a liberal arts based program. There are numerous study abroad opportunities, research opportunities and volunteer opportunities . They require community involvement . My son is Catholic and belongs to the Catholic Student Association. It truly was the best choice for him. He was also accepted at Clemson Calhoun . CofC does.not have football, but does have baseball, basketball, soccer and a highly ranked sailing team.
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  • prodesseprodesse 1329 replies70 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,399 Senior Member
    Oh, and consider William and Mary as a mid-size with more of a LAC feel.
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  • aquaptaquapt 1948 replies37 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,985 Senior Member
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    Michigan State has a fantastic honors program full of serious, high-stats students, with honors dorms and also terrific research opportunities for Honors students, which is important in a field like psych. The school spirit is awesome too. (Go Green and etc.) Added bonus is a good chance of merit money. https://psychology.msu.edu/ UMich can often overshadow MSU in the minds of out-of-staters, but as UMich has evolved into a pseudo-private U with an OOS majority, MSU has evolved to combine all the best attributes of a land-grant U and a flagship. Should definitely be on your list.

    UGA is also an excellent option. U of Utah's Honors College is particularly innovative, with collaborative year-long Praxis Labs; and UT provides not only great merit aid but also a path to establishing residency after a year, which is rare. (Also a rare combination of having both a major city and amazing outdoor recreation at one's fingertips.)
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  • aquaptaquapt 1948 replies37 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,985 Senior Member
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  • bogeyorparbogeyorpar 751 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 782 Member
    I'd like to mention another UW's honors program: https://honors.uw.edu/

    University of Washington's honors program is not well known, but it offers small classes (~35 students) and plenty of study abroad programs. UW, as part of PAC12, have great school spirit -- football, baseball, basketball, every sport is competitive and draws big crowd.

    My son will be in the honors program this Fall and taking the "HONORS 205 What We Know and How We Know It" class, the Honors seminar, and the Honors section of Math and Computer Science classes. The program offers Honors housing as well, but it's optional.

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  • TwinMom2023TwinMom2023 431 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 431 Member
    What about U of New Hampshire honors or U Vermont (UVM)?
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  • Midwest67Midwest67 2865 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,876 Senior Member
    We have a student (rising junior) who is in Honors at University of Kentucky in Lexington. Great city, great school, big, big school spirit. Basketball! She is there on a merit scholarship, initially was not crazy about the school to say the least, and now loves it.

    She went to a Catholic HS, and has connected with the Newman Center on campus. She did not pledge a sorority, and still has a social life. ;-) She has a nice group of friends; the core group she met freshman year and the circle has expanded.

    Large lecture hall classes could not be entirely avoided freshman year. Nevertheless, despite the large class size, D's research paper was noticed by her professor and the professor encouraged her to apply to an UG fellowship program.

    You can always make a large school smaller, and for sure, by time you get to your upper level classes in your major, the classes are much smaller and your professors know you.

    She can always scan the professor profiles in the majors she is interested in, and see if their research projects interest her.

    Good luck!
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  • rjkofnovirjkofnovi 10412 replies109 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,521 Senior Member
    “U Dub gets more research money than any other university in the nation & has done so for a lengthy period of time save for a one year exception).”

    John’s Hopkins, by far, followed by Michigan.....for a lengthy period of time.
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  • bogeyorparbogeyorpar 751 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 782 Member
    @rjkofnovi , no need to split hair. All these schools get tons of research money. Here's UW's research funding fact sheet:

    https://www.washington.edu/research/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/orFactsheet_2017.pdf

    $1.6 Billion is a lot of dough... with $1 Billion alone in Medical school. Given the most money is in Health / Medical, I wouldn't be surprised that Johns Hopkins gets the top dollars.
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  • newyorkmom2girlnewyorkmom2girl 77 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    Have you considered Providence? Not an honors college but they have a very small honors program. It's a small school with amazing school spirit.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22143 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 22,157 Senior Member
    The farther south you go, the more insanity (in a good way?) over sports. I have friends whose kids went to Tennessee, South Carolina and Ol'Miss. They've also been to plenty of games at UGA and GaTech and other ACC/SEC schools. They say by far the tailgating at Ol' Miss wins.

    Also the farther south, the more Greek the campuses seem to be.
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  • rjkofnovirjkofnovi 10412 replies109 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,521 Senior Member
    “no need to split hair. All these schools get tons of research money. ”

    Just correcting a false statement.
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  • Twoin18Twoin18 1426 replies16 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,442 Senior Member
    Another vote here for the University of Utah. D18 is headed there with great merit aid, she chose it over Berkeley, UCLA and others. I'd also mention that regardless of merit aid, you can qualify for the (very cheap) instate tuition after the first year, just by spending 12 months in the state, making it a very cost effective option.
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  • peyre1peyre1 26 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    I would look at University of South Carolina, Clemson University, UNC CH, UGA, Maryland, UVA!
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  • peyre1peyre1 26 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    I would look at University of South Carolina, Clemson University, UNC CH, UGA, Maryland, UVA!
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  • privatebankerprivatebanker 5059 replies67 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,126 Senior Member
    University of Massachusetts. Amherst. Commonwealth Honors College. Very tough to get into but really tops.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 6282 replies35 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,317 Senior Member
    Just came back from Purdue's course registration and have more to share about their honors college. My daughter is in engineering so some of this may be specific for engineers but we were super impressed and met kids from all different types of majors. There were a number of honors college specific sessions through the day, most with only 18-20 students in attendance. We learned that aside from the residence component (in a gorgeous space), HC students have priority scheduling, have multiple faculty advisors, have in residence tutoring and staff support, have honors sections of certain classes, have upperclassmen peer mentors, have honors specific study abroad opportunities, and honors specific research.
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