The Honors College
The Honors College is a community of developing scholars that includes some of the best teaching professors and some of the brightest and most serious students at UAlbany. The students are earlier in their development as scholars, and the faculty are further along, but all are refining and enhancing their abilities to create knowledge.
Are you interested in a challenging and intense classroom experience, a
collaborative research experience, and a residence experience focused on
fun and hard work? Come join us!
We have lots of information on our website. Look at the navigation bar to the left. We have information about the honors courses being taught this year and about the 80 or so honors events that we have this year. Prospective students can find information on applying to The Honors College and current students can find information to help them through their years in The Honors College, such as how to plan the four years of college, how to get involved in research on campus, and the best way to ask professors for letters of recommendation.
News & Photos
Cook Dinner for Professor Haugaard
Honors students who miss the chance to cook while living at school can get together, plan a menu, cook dinner, and then join in a meal.
A delicious experience for all!
There are always lots of interesting characters that emerge at Halloween.
August Orientation 2013
Each year, the incoming first-year honors students come to campus two days before most other undergraduates arrive at UAlbany. After moving into the honors residence halls, students and their families attend the inaugural lecture of the year, delivered by Professor Haugaard, and then have one final dinner together before the families head home.
The new honors students join orientation groups, each of which is led by an honors junior (a POET - a person of extraordinary talent). The first night, there are a variety of activities to help the students as they start to get to make friends with other honors students. The next day, the POET groups head off to a scavenger hunt in the morning and several other activities in the afternoon.
On the second day, there are tours of the campus and tours of the City of Albany. The honors students then join the rest of the UAlbany incoming first-year students for the regular orientation program. By the end of our orientation, the honors students know each other, the campus, and parts of the city. It is a great way for the honors students to start their honors years at UAlbany.
Fifty-five honors seniors, and their parents, professors, and high-school teachers were honored at the Graduation Celebration for the Class of 2013 on May 4.
It was a wonderful event and a great opportunity to celebrate the success of all of our students.
Many Honors Students Receive Presidential Leadership Awards
The Distinguished Scholar-Leader Award recognizes and honors one graduating senior who best exemplifies the scholar-leader-service ideal by demonstrating academic excellence, effective leadership in the University community, and a commitment to serving others.
The Ada Craig Walker Award is given to a graduating senior woman who “in judgment of the faculty best typifies the ideals of the University.”
The Outstanding Senior Award
recognizes seniors who have contributed greatly to the University during the course of their undergraduate careers. This award is among the highest conferred upon undergraduates.
The Great Dane Award
is given to a student who has demonstrated leadership in several co-curricular activities or significant leadership in one such activity.
The Academic Leadership Award
recognizes student leadership in academic settings such as the classroom, the research laboratories and other research settings, and internship sites.
The Chapel House Award is given to an individual whose record of accomplishments reflects significant contributions to Chapel House and the University.
The Athletes Leadership Award recognizes athletes who participate in Division 1 sports, intramurals, or club sports whose leadership has transcended their sport.
The University Governance Leadership Award recognizes students who have provided important leadership to the campus by taking an active role in student government.
Great Dane Ambassadors Award recognizes students who have demonstrated leadership in their study abroad experiences: succeeding academically, making many new friends, and serving as a good ambassador for UAlbany and the United States.