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Gordy Honors College

The Ina E. Gordy Honors College offers high-achieving, motivated students a more intensive, innovative learning experience and a strong sense of academic community.  By fostering intellectual curiosity, extensive faculty-student interaction, and undergraduate research, the Honors College equips students to get more out of their university education and excel beyond graduation.


The Gordy Honors College provided an incredibly comprehensive foundation in both liberal arts and scholarly research. From studying abroad to completing an undergraduate thesis, the honors college experience gave me the necessary tools to pursue independent and graduate level study.

                                 ~~Dustin Vance, MFA Candidate, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Class of 2015

The Honors Experience

The Honors College offers honors sections of university courses, interdisciplinary honors seminars, and faculty-supported independent research.   

The Honors College also offers many other opportunities for learning, including the Honors Forum Series of speakers and performances, sessions with nationally recognized university guests, group attendance at MUW cultural events, and service projects.

The Honors College also 

• assists students in applying to and presenting their research at national, regional, and state honors conferences.  

• provides grants to students to support their undergraduate research and to help cover travel to conferences and other professional events.

• provides open access to the Honors study room and student computers in Whitfield Hall.

• invites students to apply to participate in the Honors Study Abroad program, which has been held in London, Brussels, and Edinburgh, Scotland, and is slated for other countries like Ireland and Spain.

• invites students to apply for positions on the Student Honors Council, which coordinates student activities and provides a valuable voice in the operation of the Honors College.

Students who successfully complete the Honors curriculum graduate with honors in their major area of study. 

The Gordy Legacy

MUW was very fortunate to advance its longstanding commitment to honors education through a generous endowment from Ina E. Gordy, a Scott County native who graduated from the university in 1929.  A recipient of the MUW Medal of Excellence, Gordy bestowed the gift on MUW in 2005 at the age of 100.  Because of her dedication to student learning and achievement at MUW, the Gordy Honors College is able to provide an enhanced learning experience that will continue to benefit students throughout their lives.

Honors Forum Series

Honors ForumThroughout the year, the Forum Series presents dynamic and stimulating presentations for The W campus community and the greater Columbus area, featuring national, regional, and local speakers as well as the latest in W faculty research, undergraduate research projects, films, and arts performances. 

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Residential Program

Residential Honors StudentsThe Gordy Honors College Residential Honors Program (RHP) provides an innovative and dynamic living and learning experience for highly motivated scholars.  Residing together in the honors dormitory, students take classes together and, after their sophomore year, study abroad as a group.

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W FlagThe Gordy Honors College is open to students with a strong record of academic achievement.  Freshman and transfer recipients of the Presidential Award automatically qualify for admission.  Recipients of Centennial and Honors Awards must participate in Residential Honors, while other interested students may apply.

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