Honors College students in the Honors House conference room

You have exceptional academic talents, enormous curiosity, and a driving ambition to achieve. The Honors College at Ball State University will nurture these strengths in a rigorous learning community.

Small and supportive, the Honors College gives you greater academic freedom to shape your own studies. Expect demanding courses, stimulating discussions, and challenging research. To join the Honors College at Ball State University is to commit to a close-knit, dynamic community. Here, you will find a mentor, compete for fellowships, and embark on groundbreaking research.

Your Honors College diploma will open up doors to graduate school, a professional career, and most importantly, life. Join our community.

Facts about the Honors College (English PDF) (Spanish PDF)


The Honors College provides a place, a program, and the resources that enable motivated and high ability students to pursue and stimulate their interests, skills, and curiosity and to develop a strong sense of community and personal responsibility.

To meet these goals, five general interrelated areas contain the Honors College programmatic objectives. They are as follows:

  • Improve writing and communication skills.
  • Balance liberal education with specialized interests.
  • Make cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary connections.
  • Develop cross-cultural awareness through international educational experiences.
  • Provide maximum interaction with faculty.
  • Develop at least one mentoring relationship with an Honors faculty member.
  • Develop specialization of knowledge that facilitates creation of a thesis or other project.
  • Assist with the development of critical thinking techniques.
  • Encourage activities that build community.
  • Encourage understanding and toleration of difference.
  • Discover or create opportunities for public and community service.
  • Model and teach standards of interpersonal skills.
  • Develop confidence in one’s abilities.
  • Understand the limitations of one’s abilities by testing limits.
  • Stimulate curiosity.
  • Encourage creative approaches to ordinary or difficult problems.
  • Encourage a reflective attitude and commitment to the life of the mind.
  • Seek productive ways to satisfy personal interests and goals.
  • Develop awareness of strengths in academic, leadership, and service pursuits.
  • Help match skills and interests with a meaningful vocation.
  • Understand vocational success and provide means to help fulfill that goal.
  • Develop proficiency in preparation of applications for postgraduate support.
  • Foster networking among those with similar interest and successful alumni.