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Is Honors Right for Me?

The Kugelman Honors Program offers premium advantages to students who embark on the Honors Program. Below are benefits that hold great esteem and enhance our students’ experience.

Do you enjoy tackling difficult issues?

In honors, we engage in difficult and sometimes controversial subjects in a large community of scholars. We value thoughtful consideration of competing viewpoints. We embrace science and the scientific method, welcome free speech, and acknowledge the risks and rewards of sharing our ideas with others.

Do you enjoy intellectual challenges?

Honors students have a desire to be the best they can be and willingness to complete extra work for extra rewards. Research, creativity, and intellectual curiosity are the core of our mission. The Honors experience at UWF is largely defined by HIPS—High Impact Practices. These experiences include supervised research, internships, conference travel, study abroad, and service learning, to name just a few. Honors is right for you if you are ready for a truly transformative college experience that pushes far beyond the classroom.

Do you embrace diversity?

Being part of an honors community means living and learning with others from different backgrounds. We actively promote diversity within our community and our curriculum. We seek students excited by the opportunities and challenges that arise from working closely with peers who sometimes experience the world differently. Our definition of diversity is intentionally broad, including differences involving race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexuality, sexual identity, socioeconomic class, accommodations, neurodivergence, mental health, and political ideology. Every student is welcome here.

Do you value balance?

Balance is a fundamental quality in honors. We value balance across multiple fields of study and seek balance in our lives. Honors students choose a major like all other UWF students, but we also take extra courses that challenge us to think outside of our major areas of study. The most vital qualities in honors students are intellectual curiosity and  willingness to examine issues from multiple points of view.

Do you push yourself to be the best you can be?

Being in honors takes drive, passion, and ambition. While we’re not ultra-competitive (honors is more of a family than a group of individuals), we value hard work, rigor, and the desire to be the best. We are looking for students who want to be the best they can be--academically, personally, and professionally. We are nurturing a community that is passionate, supportive, creative, respectful, generous, and kind.