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Is the Honors College Worth It?

The Benefits of the W.A. Franke Honors College

You may have been admitted to the W.A. Franke Honors College automatically thanks to being a National Scholar, or perhaps you’re interested in applying to the Franke Honors College to challenge yourself academically. But how do you know if life as a University of Arizona Franke Honors Wildcat is right for you?

Here are some common questions students have to consider.

What perks do Honors students receive?

  • Priority class registration – You’re more likely to get the classes you want, and create the schedule you want.
  • Research opportunities – Honors students have unique pathways to research and can get involved with research projects as early as your first year.
  • Honors-only classes – From GenEds to special interest courses, you get more flexibility to pursue your interests.
  • Opportunity to live in the Honors Village – You’ll be surrounded by students with similar mindsets and interests – plus, advisor access and spaces to study and play.

Is the Honors College harder?

You get more, but you also have to do a little bit more. To be an Honors student, you need to take 30 honors credits (transfer students may take less, depending on credits), which include a few Honors gen eds and the six-credit Honors Senior Thesis/Capstone course . That leaves dozens of Honors credits that you get to choose – or even design. What are Honors classes? Honors classes are similar to non-Honors classes, but tend to be more discussion-oriented/seminar-style. 

The benefits of the Honors College

The W.A. Franke Honors College isn't just about bragging rights (though those are pretty cool, too). It's an opportunity to make the most of your time at Arizona and your springboard to launch your dream career. Here's how:

  • Get ahead of the game   The Honors College offers exclusive experiences that supercharge your resume and make you stand out to future employers.
  • Pathway to success  You’ll receive personalized guidance and opportunities to achieve your goals in medical, law, or graduate programs.
  • Real-world ready  Don't just learn; do. We'll connect you with internships and funding so you can gain invaluable experience in your field.

What kind of research do Honors students do?

The University of Arizona has more than $680 million in total research expenditures. That provides ample opportunity for Honors students to undertake their own research, or join existing research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. Research opportunities begin with the First Year Project , which gets you into the action ASAP. 

How is the Honors Village different from dorms?

It’s called the Honors Village because it’s so much more than just a residence hall. Just steps away from your spacious suite, you can find honors classrooms, collaboration spaces, academic advisors, a dining hall, the North recreation and wellness center, and even a relaxing courtyard where you can clear your head. 

Check out this student-led Honors Village tour:

What other benefits are available to Honors students?

Join Honors-exclusive clubs , like the Honors Student Council. Participate in Service Learning opportunities such as Honors Alternative Spring Break (HASB), a week-long service trip that encourages lifelong volunteer work. Or, join Honors Study Abroad or Study Away, which are travel opportunities designed specifically for honors students to earn honors credit while exploring the world. 

At the end of the day, joining the W. A. Franke Honors College gives you access to a close-knit community in and outside the classroom. The benefits begin your first year, and last beyond your time at the University of Arizona.

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