Fast Facts


The University Honors Program provides a transformative learning experience that empowers students to critically engage meaningful problems in the world. Students in the University Honors Program are capable and motivated students who embrace interdisciplinary coursework and participate in disciplinary based research, scholarship, and creative activities.

The University Scholars Program introduces a community of academically motivated students to the visual and performing arts, encourages them to consider issues drawn from the sciences and politics, challenges them to excel academically, and inspires them to explore and engage through international and outdoor education programs. 


The University Scholars Program was developed to provide an enriched academic and residential experience.  It began in the 1970s through a partnership between the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Division of Student Affairs.  The partnership expanded to serve students in all of NC State‚Äôs colleges.  The University Honors Program was founded in 2000 at the direction of Provost Kermit Hall.  The program stressed academic excellence through honors coursework and undergraduate research.  Conversations about aligning the programs accelerated following the creation of the Division of Academic and Students Affairs. Today, the programs have a single administrative structure, share a residential village, offer a common first-semester experience for students, and provide academic, enrichment, and co-curricular opportunities that are available to students in both programs.


  • 1 Director
  • 1 University Scholars Program Associate Director 
  • 2 University Honors Program Assistant Directors
  • 2 University Scholars Program Assistant Directors
  • 1 Program Coordinator
  • 1 University Program Associate


  • Approximately 50 interdisciplinary HON seminars. These three-credit classes are restricted to 20 students and focus on developing critical and creative thinking skills.
  • 10-12 one or two-credit courses and a series of workshops designed to encourage students to consider contemporary issues, enduring ideas, and undergraduate research.
  • The Scholars Forum, a zero-credit course that offers enrichment opportunities to 1400 students during the academic year. 
  • Summer study abroad programs in Florence, Italy and Oxford, England.
  • Outdoor and cultural explorations programs designed to allow students to explore local, national, and international locations.
  • A residential village delivered through a partnership with University Housing.


We welcome a class of approximately 500 first-year students each August.  An additional 100 first-year students join the programs after their first semester at NC State.  We typically have roughly 2000 active students on campus each semester.


Our offices, library, and conference room are located on the 2nd floor of Clark Hall

Director or Department Head

Sean Cassidy, Director of the University Honors and Scholars Programs