• Honors college grad, Aunner Calderon.
  • Three WMU students standing in front of a wooden wall.
  • Dean Irma Lopez with female peer student success team mentors.
  • Honors students volunteer in the garden at Gibbs House.
  • Honors college grads in front of Miller Fountain.
  • The 2022-2023 Honors College Staff.

Fall hours: the honors college building is open and available for student use from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. M - F, 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, closed Saturday. 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.


Celebrating our student athletes: On the field or in the classroom, our Lee Honors College student athletes are dedicated to success. Join us in cheering them on!

Welcome back message from our dean, Dr. López.

Incoming honors nursing student, Emma Simpson, embraces nontraditional approach to education, opportunities to explore global perspective.

From Broadway to Bronco: Incoming honors college and musical theatre student, Jack Austin, hits stage in New York City

Inspired by alumni grandparents, incoming honors student, Katherine Jendrasiak aims to take wing as pilot.

Incoming Medallion Scholar, Molly Cochran, to cross ocean and cultures to continue military legacy.

Logan Brown (B.S. ’19, Aviation Flight Science) believes the sky’s the limit when it comes to opportunities at WMU. Seizing those chances requires more than luck though; it demands active engagement. 

Honors college alum Sarah Giramia inspired by Ugandan Roots.

Lee Honors College Names 2022 Faculty Fellows

Dr. Christopher Tremblay appears on the Hyperion Hub podcast to talk about Walt’s Pilgrimage, his Study in the States course. This week, the podcast met up with Dr. Tremblay and his students as they traveled across the country studying the life of Walt Disney. 

Honors college alum (and one of our awesome former front desk staff), Kathryn Giroux, is cycling America this summer to help others! For more information about how you can help and follow her journey, visit this news story.

Honors college alum, and current WMU PhD candidate, Deirdre Courtney, has been named a fellow on the WMU team for the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE grant meant to increase gender and racial diversity in higher ed STEM fields.

Congratulations to Lee Honors College alum, and external advisory board member, Mitch Zajac and his wife Amelia on their marriage! We wish you a long and happy life together!

Honors college instructor Becky Cooper named inaugural Charles C. and Lynn L. Chen-Zhang Academically Talented Youth Program Personnel Endowment recipient as ATYP program celebrates 40 years. Cooper teachers HNRS 3203 and HNRS 3204 and has been the English program coordinator with ATYP for many years. 

Computer science grad finds key to career success at Western. New honors college alumna, Mey Wong, will be starting her career as an associate engineer in information technology at Kellogg's.

Foundation Scholar driven to care for communities in need. 

Honors college senior, Allison Anker, says that opportunities available to her in the Lee Honors College and WMU are helping to put her on the path to making her career dreams come true.

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