Defining: Excellence

“Exciting,” “stimulating” and “challenging” are just some of the adjectives our students use to describe their academic experiences in the Honors College. Small, discussion-based classes in which students engage closely with one another and their instructors – who are among the top faculty at VCU – along with our strong sense of community provide our students with the benefits of a small liberal arts college while being fully integrated into a large, urban university. Our academic program, which emphasizes collaborative, problem-solving, experiential learning, takes advantage of our unique setting: The entirety of VCU and Richmond are our classrooms.

Honors Courses

Small classes on diverse topics emphasize dynamic discussion and foster community.


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Honors Advising

Dedicated advisors provide personal guidance, helping students integrate Honors courses into any major.


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Engaged Learning & Research

Honors students expand their education beyond the classroom, gaining practical experience and critical presentation skills.


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Study homelessness and poverty in Bolivia * Conduct original research in your first-year Honors writing seminar * Work with a faculty member tracking warblers in the Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program * Study novel writing with a famous author * Discover medicine in Italy * Contribute to Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity * Apply for national scholarships like Fulbright and Boren * Join The Honor Society of  Phi Kappa Phi * Attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research * AND MORE!