Honors Program Frequently Asked Questions

Honors Application
Do I need to apply to become a part of the Honors Program?
Can I apply to the Honors Program after I begin classes at Drury?

Honors Classes
Do honors classes require more work than regular classes?
Can I “create” my own honors classes?

Honors and Varsity Athletics
Can I be a varsity athlete and complete the Honors Program at Drury University?

Honors Program Cost
Does the Honors Program charge additional tuition or fees?

Housing and Honors Events
Is there a housing component to the Honors Program?
Is the Honors Program just a bunch of classes?

Major and Degree Completion
Does my choice of major affect my ability to complete the Honors Program?
Does it take longer to graduate with an Honors degree?

Study Abroad
Are there study abroad experiences that can count for the Honors Program? 


Do I need to apply to become a part of the Honors Program? 

Yes. The Honors Program is a competitive admission program. The Honors Admission Policy can be found here. Students should apply after they have been admitted to Drury University, but before they have enrolled. The Honors Council reviews applications for incoming honors students in November, February, and June. We will consider applications from transfer students and international students in July and August.

Can I apply to the Honors Program after I begin classes at Drury?

If there are spaces available in the program, we will accept applications from students during their first year of residency at Drury.

Does my choice of major affect my ability to complete the Honors Program?

For students entering Fall 2016 or later, we are creating a curriculum that will allow students in all majors to complete the Honors Program

Does it take longer to graduate with an Honors degree?

Most students can complete the requirements for the major and the Honors Program within the standard time for degree for that particular major. Honors students are encouraged to seek advising through both their major department and the honors program to create a four or five-year plan.

Does the Honors Program charge additional tuition or fees?

No. Honors students at Drury University pay the same tuition and fees as other students. Honors students can receive all other scholarships that Drury offers.

Do honors classes require more work than regular classes?

The difference between an honors course and a regular course is not about how much work is required. Rather, honors courses emphasize “hands on” activities, engaged learning, and student-directed learning. While honors courses can be intense and require significant time, what defines a course as honors is its commitment to student engagement and ownership of his or her education.

Can I “create” my own honors classes?

Yes. The Honors Program at Drury University empowers students to work individually with faculty and transform a regular class into an honors class. We call this the “Honors Contract Option.” Students interested in creating an honors class should plan on talking with the faculty member prior to enrolling in the regular class. The honors student and the faculty member will create a plan for enriching the course. Typically, these plans involve student research, problem-based learning, or service learning.

Are there study abroad experiences that can count for the Honors Program?

While the Honors Program does not regularly offer study abroad trips, we will on occasionally sponsor one. The Honors Program also encourages students to complete “hands on” study abroad experiences that focus on student research, service learning, and problem-based learning. The Honors Director has worked with the Director of Study Abroad to identify exciting study abroad opportunities for interested students.

Is there a housing component to the Honors Program?

Yes. Freshmen have the option of applying for a Living and Learning Community (LLC) for honors students. Honors students are encouraged to live in the Summit Park Leadership Community during the sophomore, junior, or senior years. Those students can earn credit toward their honors degree for this experience. Honors students are not required to live with other honors students or in an honors dormitory

Is the Honors Program just a bunch of classes?

No. The Honors Program is a flourishing community. The Honor Student Association is active in planning events. We have regular dinners with Drury faculty, take a trip in the Fall, attend cultural events together, and have a spring banquet in which he honor graduating seniors. Honors students work, study, and play together.

Can I be a varsity athlete and complete the Honors Program at Drury University?

Yes, we have had numerous varsity athletes complete the program. Honors students are encouraged to be involved with all the activities Drury offers. One of the great parts about being an honors student at Drury is that a student does not need to choose between the Honors Program and other activities.