• Honors college students and instructor Jeff Johnson stand in front of a canyon holding a WMU flag.
  • Dean Irma Lopez with female peer student success team mentors.
  • Student Diana Hernandez in Hawaii for Study in the States.
  • Honors students linking arms in front of a mural.

The honors college building is now open and available for student use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M - F. 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 1,900 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.

  • 92,942 miles traveled with Study in the States.


Give a listen to this WMUK interview with instructor Elizabeth Cowan, pictured here with Dr. Edward Montgomery and her HNRS 3301: Jazz, Blues, and the Harlem Renaissance course.

Renowned author coming to Western teaches importance of conversations in divided times.

Western Michigan University will mark 20 years since the 9/11 attacks with a silent climb at Waldo Stadium to benefit the WMU Veterans and Dependents Scholarship and the Cuff and Ladder Fund. Learn more and access event registration info. 

Congratulations 2021 grad Joseph Backe on being drafted to the Utah Warriors!

Anthony Helms recognized by Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions would like to recognize Anthony Helms, interim assistant dean and director of academic advising at the Lee Honors College, as a fantastic recruitment partner.

Ben Gretchko at Fox 17!

"Don’t let anybody tell you what you can and can’t do."

Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Features Dr. Ben Atchison

Check out this spotlight on Dr. Ben Atchison, longtime honors student supporter, advocate, and frequent thesis mentor!

How a college thesis turned Phillies’ Dave Dombrowski from an aspiring general manager to the ‘man in the middle’

Forty-four years ago, Dombrowski wrote a 77-page undergraduate paper that outlined the skills that led to his successful career as a top baseball executive.

LHC Alumna Catherine Lemus

For Catherine Lemus, being a member of the Lee Honors College has helped her reach her fullest potential.

In Memory of Dr. James Bosco

The WMU Lee Honors College honors the memory Dr. Jim Bosco, a man who personified integrity, kindness, and commitment to students' education. Dr. Bosco passed away late last week; he was 81. We announce his passing with fond remembrances of his fellowship and his contributions to the college as a mentor, and with our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

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