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UA Honors College vs ASU Barrett Honors College

Jewels_08Jewels_08 Registered User Posts: 288 Junior Member
edited December 2013 in University of Arizona
What would be the major differences between the two, aside from what can be found online?

1. Which would be stronger academically for those aspiring to go to medical school after graduation?

2. There seem to more NMS Scholars, etc at Barrett. Is this a plus to be with intellectual peers or a minus because there is more competition to stand out?

3. Would one recommend allowing a freshman to take their car to either place?

Any firsthand knowledge would be great.
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Replies to: UA Honors College vs ASU Barrett Honors College

  • hawaiiboy15hawaiiboy15 Registered User Posts: 935 Member
    I've heard ASU Honors is slightly better than UA Honors, though UA is slightly better than ASU overall, academics wise. But I'm interested to hear what other people say.
  • slmslm Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    I would especially like to hear from any U. of A. Honors student about the benefits and the experience they've had as an honor's student at U. of A.
  • VitareVitare - Posts: 376 Member
    I think their Honors colleges are the same, but UA is overall a little better.
  • Christian2Christian2 Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    ASU Barrett has obtained a significant funding from the Barrett family sometime ago and Dean Jacobs has been very active in bringing the Honors College into one of best in the country. They will move into their new facility this coming fall. A lot of effort was spent by ASU in building up this nice honors college on campus. UA indeed has a nice honors college but is lacking in funding and focus compare to ASU.
  • slmslm Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    I always read responses from students in the ASU Barrett's Honor's college about all the positive qualities, but never seem to find any U. of A. student's comments on their honors' program experiences.
  • arizonagirl007arizonagirl007 Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    Barrett has a better rep than U of A honors college, but many of my friends who are straight -A students chose U of A. Many graduates from Barrett get into ivy grad schools. Overall, Barrett runs more smoothly than u of a, at least in my opinion but is a pain because you have to create "contracts" with your professors.
  • ivyleaguewannabeivyleaguewannabe Registered User Posts: 711 Member
    The reason you don't hear about UA honors college is simply because there is not much to hear. Basically all you get is a special room in a special building. Quite frankly, UA has let their honors program get really run down.

    ASU on the other hand, went to Swarthmore (one of the top Liberal Arts Schools in the country) and hired their dean from there. Then, the Barrett family and ASU put $109 million dollars into building a 9-acre residential honors campus within ASU. I visited there this week for orientation. It's absolutely incredible. The dorms are gorgeous. It has its own fitness center and 15 eating centers. And it's all only for honors students. Moreover, the class of 2013 is the first class to move in!!

    The professors are top-notch, and the Human Event course might be one of the best you will take in college. You get to know the professors really well. Their recommendations will serve you well for grad school.

    Graduates attend the likes of Harvard and work at the Mayo Clinic. Readers Digest ranked Barrett Honors College as the Best honors college in the nation.

    Finally, ASU as a whole (and especially Barrett) have recently made the campus a "dry campus." As with all campuses, if you want to find a party, you can and will. But the consequences are quite hefty. The stigma of a party school remains, but those who take the time to visit and research the school will find much different.

    As my username suggests, I have applied to a couple ivies. I have been accepted to the Honors college at ASU (BHC), and even if I get into one or both of the ivies I applied to, the choice would still be difficult for me. I would recommend to anyone closely looking into applying to ASU and BHC. It has the quality of an ivy or private school at a fraction of the cost.

    Hope this helps!!

  • Christian2Christian2 Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    Good to hear about your research in this. Thanks
  • slmslm Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    I would still like to hear from a U. of A. honor's college student about their experience. It is usually an ASU Barrett's student weighing about U of A's program.
  • Christian2Christian2 Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    slm, one main difference between the two is the amount of funding each has. ASU Barrett is better funded than UA honor.
  • slmslm Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Are you a UA honor's student? If so, how do you notice the lower funding?
  • willsmomwillsmom Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    My son is in the UA Honors college. He participated in a one-unit seminar class during his first semester that he enjoyed. He also was in a very small (15-20 students) honors English class to finish fulfilling the English requirement, and found it to be a stimulating group of students and a motivating professor. Other than that, the honors classes he has taken have been part of much larger lecture-type classes, where he has done additional/alternate projects and presentations to earn honors credits. He really has not participated in the Honors College other than that, although he lived in Yuma (an honors dorm) last year.
  • arizonagirl007arizonagirl007 Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    Yeah, I didn't realize that U of A did that also, that's how Barrett does it also w/ contracts.
  • slmslm Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    So if they both use contracts with professors for honors' credit, that's not all that different, right?
  • worried_momworried_mom Registered User Posts: 2,205 Senior Member
    Barrett is far more selective and far more comprehensive than the honors program at UA.

    ASU offers many more honors classes (including class sections restricted to honor students only) than UA does. These are in addition to the "contract" honors classes (where the honors student just does extra work in a non-honors class) that both ASU and UA have.

    Because of its extensive financial resources, Barrett also provides other opportunities for its honors students that are not available at UA, such as summer study abroad programs (for Barrett students only) and a brand-new honors "village" (which includes not just dorms, but also a dining hall, classrooms, and other facilities just for honors students). Barrett also provides extensive mentoring/advising for students interested in national scholarships like Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater, etc.
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