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“Take those classes that are a little outside of your comfort zone, they're the best experiences.” - Katie (Criminal Justice and Psychology, Class of 2023).

why honors?

Honors at NKU is different. Honors is an opportunity for students to make the most of their college experience. As an Honors student, you will take discussion-based classes on a variety of unique topics while being guided through research and exploratory-based projects that interest you! We develop our programs to meet the needs of individual students by working with students to create a curriculum they are passionate about. Honors is simply a way for you to go beyond the general classroom experience, and learn in a supportive environment dedicated to your success.

Isaiah Kelly ('20)

Isaiah Kelly, a media informatics major is making strides and opening doors left and right. He’s used the tools NKU has provided him to create his own shoe business and, in the process, competed in and won a prestigious entrepreneurship award.

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Alma Onate ('16)

Alma Onate, a chemistry major who has minors in biology and honors, moved to the U.S. from Mexico when her younger sister, Sandra, was diagnosed with glaucoma at a young age. Sandra, who is now a freshman chemistry major at NKU, had multiple surgeries on both of her eyes over the years. Those surgeries led to a financial burden that caused Alma’s parents to lose their home last year—right in the middle of Alma’s toughest semester on campus.


honors innovates

The Honors College is a place for innovation and creativity. We are constantly seeking to launch new initiatives that contribute to student success and empower students across campus.  Check out some of our most recent innovative projects below.  

Commonwealth Distilleries

The Honors College is partnering with several bourbon distilleries in the Commonwealth for a course designed to better understand the science behind the spirit. Students will be taking an interdisciplinary approach to studying the history, business, and science behind bourbon. *The class will not inlcude any actual tastings or consumption of alcoholic beverages. 



At NKU, Esports is more than a game! Whether it’s our competitive varsity program or our NKU Esports Club, you’ll find students engaged in all levels of play. In addition to our programs for players, NKU Esports is engaged in developing classes for students who are interested in making Esports as part of their careers.


President Ashish

President’s Lecture Series: (Regional) Innovations in Business, Education and Health 

NKU’s President’s Lecture Series, established in Fall 2022 by President Ashish Vaidya, seeks to inspire the campus and region with local, national and global leaders that are at the forefront of innovation in business, education and health. Renowned speakers will share their ideas, experience and accomplishments that led to meaningful innovation in their respective fields. Students will meet with President Vaidya on Friday's at noon and gain valuable off-campus experiences by visiting some of the region’s top companies and non-profits. 


The Honors College is more than just an academic program. It’s a community of learners and leaders interested in pursuing their passions and challenging themselves. There are several opportunities available to Honors students to inspire them to engage in the world around them and grow as leaders and global citizens. See below for some of our campus partners.  

Institute for Student Research & Creative Activity (ISRCA) 

The Institute for Student Research & Creative Activity (ISRCA) engages, supports, enhances and acknowledges the involvement of students and their faculty mentors in research, scholarship and creative activities throughout campus. ISRCA assists in growing the number and breadth of research, scholarship and creative activity opportunities for all NKU students.


Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement

Scripps builds connections between campus and community, with an emphasis on developing stewardship and citizenship. We work to create an ecosystem of engagement, in which opportunities and experiences are not isolated but part of a learning environment that unites the classroom and the real world.


Office of Education Abroad

Education Abroad provides students with academically rigorous, culturally immersive programs that offer the opportunity for personal growth, academic achievement, and a competitive edge in our increasingly global society. We strive to offer not only affordable programs, but scholarship opportunities to help fund your experience. 


NKU Founder's Hall in Spring with trees blooming