Why Honors?

Why do nearly 1,300 Clemson students call the Calhoun Honors College home? Academic rigor. Intellectual growth. Challenging courses and research opportunities. Faculty mentoring. Funding for study abroad, research, and professional development. Award-winning advising. In addition to the primary reward of a challenging and enriched program of study, Calhoun Honors College provides to its members a number of benefits.

  • Cultural and Intellectual Engagement

    EUREKA! Program
    Before Honors students’ Clemson careers officially begin, they can get a jump start on undergraduate research through EUREKA!, a five-week residential program that combines working closely with top Clemson faculty on a research project with beginning the transition to college life.

    Dixon Global Policy Scholars
    Honors students may apply to participate in the Dixon Global Policy Scholars program as early as spring of the first year. Dixon GPS provides extensive opportunities for students to develop a deeper understanding of global politics and international policies through study travel, specialized seminars, and dedicated mentoring.

    Advising for National Fellowships and Scholarships
    The Calhoun Honors College is Clemson’s clearinghouse for the major national fellowships and scholarships such as the Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Goldwater and National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. The Honors experience, both in and out of class, is designed to support students interested in these opportunities to excel at the national level.

    Cultural Enrichment
    Calhoun Honors College enhances the cultural lives of its members by providing opportunities to visit area art galleries and museums and to attend a variety of dramatic and musical performances. Subject to available funds, a limited number of tickets are purchased for events at Clemson's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The calendar of events is established each year with input from the officers of Calhoun Society, the honors student organization.

    Social Activities
    Calhoun Scholars are serious about their studies, but they also manage their time effectively in order to have an active social life. Recent Honors-sponsored activities have included a welcome for entering freshmen, snow-skiing and white-water rafting trips, horseback riding at Dillard Farms in Dillard, Ga. and visits to the Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C. Students are informed of upcoming events through electronic mail and other means of communication.

  • The Honors Community

    The Honors Center @ Core Campus
    Honors enrichment activities take place across campus, but the Honors Center @ Core Campus serves as the hub of the Honors community. Many Honors courses are taught in the Center, Honors staff hold drop-in advising hours there, and all Honors students may access the space in the lower level of the Center 24/7 to meet and study.

    Honors Residential College
    A mix of freshman through senior Honors students live at the Honors Residential College in the new Core Campus facility. In this new Residential College, Honors students will live on-site in Suite-style rooms and will enjoy new public community spaces that include central lounge space, study rooms, a library space, a Great Hall and two classroom spaces.
 In addition, there will be a Faculty-in-Residence who will help plan and implement educational, recreational, social and cultural programs while serving as a role model, mentor, adviser, teacher and leader in the residential community.

    Peer Mentoring Program
    New Honors students are paired with Honors Mentors, older students who volunteer to provide peer guidance on being successful at Clemson both in and out of the classroom. Meet our Peer Mentors.

  • Academic Enrichment

    Honors Courses
    In addition to smaller Honors sections of courses taught throughout the University (for example, an Honors section of Chemistry 1010 with 60 fewer students than the non-Honors section), the Calhoun Honors College works closely with top Clemson faculty to develop new courses that address the changing world as well as student interests. Recent Honors seminars have focused on graphic novels as literature, sustainable energy, math and magic, spies and spy novels, nanotechnology, and education policy.

    Enrichment
    Honors is centered around learning, and most of that takes place in the classroom and in labs. However, to enrich the entire college experience, the Calhoun Honors College offers a wide-range of out-of-class initiatives and programs that support the intellectual, personal and professional development of the entire Honors community

    Priority Registration
    Honors students have priority access to the University's course registration system and register for classes along with seniors during the earliest days of pre-registration. This allows Honors students to fit one or more Honors courses into their class schedules, and to register for specialized and advanced courses appropriate to their courses of study. Due to limited enrollments in most honors courses, it is important that early registration be exercised responsibly. The purpose of this privilege is to enable honors students to meet the requirement of taking at least one honors course each semester. Therefore, as soon as the registration system opens for honors students, you should schedule your honors course(s) first and then schedule your other courses accordingly.

    Extended Library Privileges
    Calhoun Honors College students are allowed to check out library materials for an extended period of time. Also, Honors students may check out certain materials that normally are not allowed to leave the library. Under the University's library loan policy, Honors students are treated the same as graduate students.

    Department Honors Research Grants
    At the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, honors students may apply for funds to support their Departmental Honors research projects. These competitive grants may be used to fund such needs as equipment, supplies and travel to professional meetings or research facilities or other items that are beyond the capacity of the student's department to provide. Guidelines and application materials are available in the Honors Office.


Calhoun Honors College Contact Information

Clemson University | 180 Core Campus | Clemson, SC 29634-5106 | 864-656-4762 | Email: Calhoun Honors College