Honors students studying in the Wentz Science Center.

College Scholars Honors Program


The prestigious and rigorous College Scholars Honors Program provides high-achieving students from all academic disciplines the opportunity to expand and demonstrate their knowledge beyond the classroom.  The program complements a student’s major studies and progressively layers camaraderie, academics, leadership, and exploration to form a community of excellence.  College Scholars graduate with an enhanced academic profile and are well-prepared for the next step in their careers.

As a College Scholar, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from other scholars in small, discussion-based honors courses.
  • Conduct laboratory or field research under the guidance of a faculty member, an opportunity seldom available to undergraduate students at large universities.
  • Receive one-on-one advising when applying for prestigious national scholarships like Rhodes, Fulbright, Truman and Goldwater awards.
  • Study abroad at the University of Glasgow, an honors-only study abroad program.
  • Seek a competitive Richter Fellowship grant to conduct research, either domestically or internationally, as an independent study project or as part of an honors thesis.
  • Receive travel funding to present scholarship at national conferences.
  • Develop close relationships with other high-achieving students through a shared residence hall and a variety of social events, including trivia and movie nights, the popular Chocolate Festival, Honors Winter Formal and Spring Honors Banquet.
Honors students presenting their research at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

About College Scholars

Honors faculty at Commencement.

College Scholars Honors Faculty

Honors students on a study abroad trip.

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Honors Housing

A living learning community


As part of our focus to promote "Excellence through Community" among College Scholars, North Central College offers an honors housing option, a living learning community. The living learning community provides access to faculty, study spaces, and specialized social and cultural programs to all College Scholars regardless of housing placement. If a College Scholar lists honors housing as a preference, they will receive priority placement dependent on availability. Honors housing residents can still request a roommate, however, one's roommate must also be a member the College Scholars program. .

*Honors housing is not traditional freshman housing, therefore, there may be a difference in cost.

Traditionally, the honors living learning community is housed in Ward and Patterson Halls.

Ward Hall

Setting up a College Scholar visit

If you are interested in setting up a visit with a College Scholars committee member to learn more about the program, please complete the visit form.