Welcome from the Dean

Ralph, J. Rascati, Ph.D.
Founding Dean, Honors College
Associate VP for Advising, Retention, and Graduation Initiatives

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the newest academic unit at Kennesaw State University, the Honors College, your Entryway to Excellence. The establishment of the Honors College is a logical progression in KSU's journey to national prominence. Housed within the Honors College are the Undergraduate Honors Program for currently enrolled students and the Dual Enrollment Honors Program for qualified high school juniors and seniors who desire to take courses on the KSU campus for both high school and college credit. KSU's Undergraduate and Dual Enrollment Honors Programs provide a "community-within-a-university" for academically talented, highly motivated students who enjoy lively discussion, creative expression, and intellectual challenge. Taught by outstanding faculty recognized for teaching excellence, our small honors sections of core courses and interdisciplinary honors seminars offer an exclusive liberal arts experience in a large university, as well as an alternative to large lecture-hall classes. We are located in newly renovated space on the second floor of Willingham Hall. We offer special privileges such as early registration, dedicated individual and small-group advising as well as a spacious and generously appointed Honors Study/Lounge area where students can work on individual or group projects, practice presentations using a large flat panel display screen or just relax in the company of other Honors students. For those who are currently enrolled in the Undergraduate Honors program and for those just entering KSU, this is an exciting time for Honors students with new opportunities to obtain a quality education with a focus on deep understanding within an innovative curriculum. Currently, students in the Undergraduate Honors Program may choose from three options, the Great Books cohort, the President's Emerging Global Scholars cohort or the Custom Honors program. Each of these programs offers unique opportunities for students including community service activities, undergraduate research, and domestic as well as international travel experiences. New and exciting opportunities are under development. These include scholarships specifically for Honors students, expanded Honors housing with dedicated study and meeting space, discipline-specific (departmental) Honors programs, a lunch and learn series, and new education abroad opportunities, all designed to enhance your educational experience. I invite those of you who meet the qualifications to explore the opportunities available to you and to meet with us to discuss your options.