University Honors Program Transforms into Honors College

Georgia Southern University is gaining its 10th academic college with the establishment of the new Honors College. The University System of Georgia officially approved the elevation of the University Honors Program into the Honors College in November.

“It is a natural progression of success when a university elevates their Honors Program to a college — recognizing and expanding the opportunities for our highest-achieving students,” said Georgia Southern President Kyle Marrero.

Focusing on professional development, interdisciplinary education and global experiences, the Honors College provides enhanced learning opportunities, access to smaller classes and enriching seminars. Steven Engel, Ph.D., will serve as the dean of the Honors College, which is open to students in any major. The new college also prioritizes members of the military with a goal of becoming the most military-friendly honors college in the nation.

Honors education began at Georgia Southern in 1982, with the founding of the Bell Honors Program. The University Honors Program was established on the Armstrong campus in 1996 and on the Statesboro campus in 1998. Today, the Honors College enrolls more than 800 students across both campuses, representing all University colleges and academic disciplines.