We are a community of developing scholars. The students are in the earlier years of their development and the faculty are further along in their development, but all are engaged in the process of developing as scholars.

A scholar seeks to create knowledge rather than only using current knowledge or teaching it to others.  Scholars work in many professions. Professors at research universities such as UAlbany spend a significant part of their time creating knowledge through their research and other scholarly activities. A physician who gathers data from her patients as a way of understanding the distribution of a disease through a neighborhood is acting as a scholar. Similarly, a lawyer who gathers data to understand more clearly an influence on the verdicts that his clients receive is also acting as a scholar. A parent who observes and records the effectiveness of an intervention with an obstinate child is also acting as a scholar. Consequently, developing the skills of a scholar will be a benefit to all our graduates, regardless of their chosen profession.

Creating new knowledge is an exhilarating process. It challenges scholars to think more deeply and creatively. It provides great rewards when the new knowledge is presented to others through scholarly publications or displays of creative work. It is into this world that students and professors in The Honors College are invited.

We are academically accomplished and serious about our academic pursuits.
The students and professors in The Honors College have diverse characteristics. While many of these characteristics vary from person to person, we have several in common.

We are intellectual:

  • interested in ideas;
  • intrigued by the gaps in our understanding of people and the world; 
  • curious.

Several honors students participated in a community-service trip to Ecuador between the fall and spring semesters.

We are ambitious:

  • striving to teach more effectively and learn more completely;
  • pushing on the limits of our knowledge and creativity;
  • searching for new ways to use our talents.

The honors graduating class of 2011.


We are involved:

  • actively learning in the classroom, the research laboratory, or the studio;
  • participating in campus and community activities;
  • serving others.

Learn more about the students and professors in The Honors College.