Our Community

We involve Western Michigan University students in the Lee Honors College community in many ways.

Living

Three female students in a the Ackley residence hall.

Students in the Ackley residence hall

The Ackley residence hall houses the majority of our honors college students living on campus. Currently, we have three floors that contain only honors students. A fourth floor in Ackley houses honors students who have chosen a non-honors college roommate.

Learning

Our cluster classes help build community, as freshmen will find many of the same honors college students in at least two of the classes. Through clusters, it is easier to make new friends and to get acquainted with other students who might want to form study groups.

Advising and mentoring

The college offers advising on the main campus in the honors college building and in the advising offices in Ackley, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and College of Health and Human Services. Often, the advising hours outside of the honors college building are in the early evening for those students who might not be able to take time during the day to see an advisor. Our Peer Student Success Team is comprised of current students who offer their time to mentor our freshmen. They also hold office hours in the Ackley advising office.

Volunteering and socializing

The easiest way to get to know others is to work with them on a worthwhile project or take part in a fun activity. Both of these options are offered through the Lee Honors College Programming Council and the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi honors societies under the umbrella of the Lee Honors College.

• The Lee Honors College Programming Council is the student arm of the honors college, working with honors college faculty and staff to offer events and activities to help build the honors community.

• Students are invited to join Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honors organization, if they have earned a 3.5 GPA or higher in their freshman year. This is an organization that offers service opportunities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

• Phi Kappa Phi is an honors society that invites select juniors, seniors and graduate students into its membership. It is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.

Want to become a student leader? These organizations are always looking for honors college students to serve on their executive board or on a committee. It is a great way to get to know other students, faculty and staff of the honors college and the University at large.

Community at large

The honors college is an active member both in the Michigan Honors Association and Mid-East Honors Association. These two organizations give students opportunities to attend conferences, present at local and regional levels and network with other honors students and faculty.