• 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.

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.


Honors geography grad, Quinn Heiser created road map to success at Western.

2023 honors college grad, Emily Kostbade receives prestigious Boren Scholarship!

Congratulations to Peer Student Success Team mentor, Renee Culiffo, one of the designers behind the spring MODA fashion show!

Video of Craft your career at WMU Haworth: Business law major

Check out this video from Haworth College of Business featuring new honors college alumna, Maddie Hayden!


Spring 2023 honors college grad, Laila Stein, finds runway to make a difference at Western.

Congratulations to honors college alum, Jeddie Sophronius, on the publication of “Blood • Letting” (Quarterly West 2023). Order your copy today!

We send our most sincere condolences to the friends and family of Dr. Joseph G. Reish, a former Dean of the Lee Honors College from 1992-2002 and a much honored and appreciated part of Western Michigan University for 45 years. We are grateful to Dean Reish for his devotion to WMU and to the honors college. To learn more about Dr. Reish and his upcoming memorial service on April 21, please read his obituary.

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