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Dare to know AU Honors Program

Welcome to AU Honors

We begin in wonder, journey in curiosity, and ultimately, dare to know. The AU Honors Program brings together a diverse group of students and faculty to engage in experiential and inquiry-driven learning. Propelled by curiosity and a desire to take risks, our students endeavor to push the bounds of the known and the knowable throughout their academic journeys. The program supports students as they dare to contribute to knowledge, creative expression, and meaningful change.

Why AU Honors

AU Honors fosters critical thinking, intellectual growth, and readiness for careers or graduate school. Beyond the carefully structured first year, each semester in Honors prepares students by building skills and knowledge for the next. This pathway to learning prepares students for increasingly independent exploration and project-based coursework anchored by ongoing support of honors faculty and staff. In addition to rigorous and enriching courses, other program benefits include:

  • Receive priority when you register for classes
  • Partner with faculty on a first-year research project
  • Reside with highly motivated peers on the AU Honors floor during your first year
  • Travel for experiential learning opportunities in the US and abroad
  • Collaborate with distinguished faculty as a paid undergraduate research assistant
  • Apply for national merit awards while receiving intensive, personalized guidance
  • Volunteer to mentor first-year AU Honors students
  • Access special funding for research activities and creative projects
  • Gain leadership skills through many paid leadership opportunities within the program
  • Compete in a juried capstone conference