Modeling a commitment to liberal arts and cross-disciplinary education, the Honors College celebrates outstanding students and encourages them to strive for a high level of academic excellence.
At the Honors College we:
We prepare students to become forces for positive change in the co-curricular life of the campus and the broader community through
Honors implies a decision to use the gift of knowledge to be an active problem solver in both the campus community and in the world. To that end, the honors program seeks to build character and foster a commitment to lifelong learning that prepares leaders for the 21st century.
We achieve this theme of leadership development through service by providing an exciting environment for academically gifted and highly motivated students to interact in a learning community of peers, faculty, administrators, and staff that will challenge and enrich the students' college experience.
We believe that an honors education should instill in students the desire to be active, contributing members of their societies. Our aim is summarized best in our motto: "To be honorable is to serve."
In 1979, the Honors College at West Chester University was built upon the sure foundations of academic excellence, campus engagement and community building through a fostering of peer relationships. Through the dedication and visions of founders and directors, Director Dr. Walter J. Hipple (1979-1991) and Director Dr. Elizabeth Larsen (1991-1995) in addition to the over 100 faculty who have participated in Honors seminars and governance, Honors at West Chester is robust and ever evolving in the service of our students. As we celebrate over 25 years of Honors education, we are so very proud of the over 400 men and women who took the invitation to go beyond the expected.
An amazing partnership was forged in summer 2001 between WCU Honors and the people of South Africa. Led by a team of educators, including then WCU President Madeleine Wing Adler, 27 students from around the State participated in a two week international program that conducted oral histories of current college students and men and women who were on the forefront of change from Apartheid to Democracy. Supported by colleagues at the Universities in the Cape Town and Pretoria regions, local leaders in the Cape Town community and Guguletu Township, students had firsthand "behind the tourist line" opportunities to study nation building.
Being named the Honors College in fall 2006 through an announcement by Provost Linda Lamwers, and moving to a permanent location in January 2007, marked additional milestones for celebration. After years of temporary location the Honors College now has an appropriate home at 703 S. High Street.