About

The Lee Honors College is home to more than 1700 high-achieving students who are completing programs of study in every one of WMU’s seven academic college. You may join the honors college as a new or continuing undergraduate student at Western Michigan University.

The Lee Honors College offers:

  • A wide variety of honors courses, typically capped at 20–25 students. Honors courses may fulfill general education and/or requirements for specific programs of study.
  • Special programs, like our Study in the States courses, open only to honors students.
  • The Lee Honors College Building: Our LEED silver certified facility includes a full kitchen and lounge for students to relax, socialize and study. Centrally located on main campus, the honors college building is also home to our honors advising offices, a library, three classrooms and a seminar room.
  • Mix It Up Thursdays: Every Thursday evening we offer a series of professional development workshops and social activities in the honors college lounge.
  • Peer Student Success Team: Mentors provide academic and social support to incoming honors students. They also organize group volunteer activities and host advising hours in the honors residence hall.
  • Lyceum Lecture series: Each semester, we offer a themed lecture series, presented by WMU’s expert faculty.
  • Annual Lee Honors College Scholar Scare 5K run/walk: This fun event is open to the community and serves as a fundraiser for honors college scholarships and programs.
  • Optional honors housing with extended quiet hours for studying during the week. Honors students may choose to live in Ackley/Shilling, the honors residence hall.
  • National honors societies: The honors college houses chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta, an honors society that celebrates excellence among first-year students, Tau Sigma, an honors society for outstanding transfer students and Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.
  • Scholarships to pursue study abroad, research and creative activities or to travel to national and international venues to present original scholarly and creative work.
  • Honors thesis: Each honors student works with one of our nationally- and internationally-known expert faculty on an original piece of research or a creative activity.