• Lee Honors College Staff with Steve the Stegosaurus
  • LHC student with her parents and Dr. Lopez.
  • Three WMU students standing in front of a wooden wall.
  • Honors college grad, Aunner Calderon.
  • Honors students volunteer in the garden at Gibbs House.
  • Honors college grads in front of Miller Fountain.
  • LHC grad Owen Kilpatrick.
  • LHC students lined up for the cording ceremony.

Summer hours: the honors college building is open and available for student use from 7:50 a.m. to 5 p.m. M - F. Closed Saturday and Sunday. The honors college main office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M - F.

Your Future, Our Focus

The college experience is more than academics and career prep – it’s about defining and preparing for YOUR future. At the Lee Honors College we make your future our focus. We are a distinctive community—based on drive, grit, and engagement—that further enriches the educational and college experiences of its high-performing members through providing the extra attention, support, and opportunities needed to become well-rounded individuals. We prepare you to show the world what you can do rather than just what you know, supporting your professional preparation with a holistic focus and a deep commitment to your well-being.

The Lee Honors College is home to more than 2,000 high-achieving students who are completing programs of study in every one of WMU’s seven academic colleges. You may join the honors college as a new or continuing undergraduate student at Western Michigan University.

  • 1M+ Over a million honors thesis downloads from ScholarWorks.

  • $50,000 in scholarships annually for research, creative activities, and study abroad.

  • 51 Our students represent all 51 academic programs on campus.

  • 100,000+ miles traveled with Study in the States.


Garrett Nichols writing on a chalkboard.

Honors Mathematics student, Garrett Nichols, accepted into prestigious international program.

LHC spring 24 grad Will Roosien standing outside smiling.

Western opens door to life-changing experiences for honors business law grad, Will Roosien.

Erica DesJardins talks about being a First Gen student.

Portrait of Brandon Owen.

Honors college junior, Brandon Owen has found where he belongs.

Donovan Vitale with his parents and Dr. Lopez at the LHC graduation ceremony, December 2023.

Honors college alum, Donovan Vitale, a master's student working with Dr. Matt Reeves, has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

These highly competitive fellowships provide a stipend and tuition for up to three years to support the graduate education of “individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM Education,” according to the NSF website.

This fellowship will allow Vitale to continue his work on PFAS cycling in wastewater treatment plants - work he began in his honors thesis - which has already received significant scientific and public attention.

Vitale completed his undergraduate degree with the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, published his honors thesis in a high-impact journal and was the department’s Presidential Scholar in 2023.

Congratulations to the 2020 graduating Medallions!

Collage of three photos of Jennifer Nguyen.

From Kent (WA) to Kalamazoo (MI), Jennifer Nguyen’s Medallion Journey Takes Flight

Three students watching the eclipse.

Broncos gather at the Lee Honors College to experience solar eclipse

Spring 2024 LHC grad David Le in his regalia.

Externships, research opportunities helped honors nursing grad, David Le chart path to success.

Graphic that says "the 30".

Congratulations to our Lee Honors College alumni who are among the Haworth College of Business class of 2024 for The 30: Travis Culhane, Savanna Everett and Henry Thiry!

Dean Lopez, Chloe and Azza standing in front of Heritage Hall.

Congratulations to our 2024 honors Presidential Scholars!

Dean Lopez, Jackie Chavarria, and Jennifer Townsend stand together in the honors college lobby.

Congratulations to Jackie Chavarria on being awarded the Gary L. Belleville Critical Thinking Student Employee of the Year Award for 2023-24!