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 eight academic colleges. You may join the honors college as a new or continuing undergraduate student at Western Michigan University.


The mission of the Carl and Winifred Lee Honors College is to provide an exceptional undergraduate experience for high achieving students, to inspire in our graduates a thirst for the lifelong pursuit of creative inquiry and discovery, to provide our students with the skill and passion to address critical challenges, and to foster personal responsibility informed by a global perspective.


Lee Honors College faculty and staff strive to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment that encourages our students to pursue their passions through exceptional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. Our graduates will have the skills and commitment to become successful, engaged citizens of the world.

The Lee Honors College Offers:

  • Honors Courses: A wide variety of honors courses, typically capped at 20–25 students. Honors courses may fulfill general education and/or requirements for specific programs of study.

  • Study in the States: Special programs, like our Study in the States courses, open only to honors students.

  • The Lee Honors College Building: Our LEED Silver Certified facility includes a full kitchen and lounge for students to relax, socialize and study. Centrally located on main campus, the honors college building is also home to our honors advising offices, a small library, three classrooms and a seminar room.

  • Mix It Up Thursdays: Every Thursday evening we offer a series of professional development workshops and social activities in the honors college lounge.

  • Peer Student Success Team: Mentors provide academic and social support to incoming honors students. They also organize group volunteer activities and host advising hours in the seminar room.

  • Honors Housing: Optional honors housing provides opportunities to network with fellow honors students and Lee Honors College staff. The Honors Community is located in Eicher/LeFevre residence hall, and will be moving to Garneau in fall 2024.

  • Alpha Lambda Delta: The honors college houses the WMU chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, an honors society that celebrates excellence among first-year students.

  • Scholarships: to pursue study abroad, research and creative activities or to travel to national and international venues to present original scholarly and creative work.

  • Honors Thesis: Each honors student works with one of our nationally- and internationally-known expert faculty on an original piece of research or a creative activity.

  • Lee Honors College Newsletter: Current and archived editions of our weekly newsletter featuring events, volunteer opportunities, and other exciting announcements from the LHC.