The Honors College experience is designed to inspire, engage, and challenge the most motivated and intellectually curious students who attend Wingate University. A student can apply for the opportunity to become a part of the Honors College after being admitted to Wingate. Honors College students typically have an unweighted GPA of 3.6 or above or weighted GPA of 3.8 or above in high school. When reviewing applications, the Honors College dean and assistant dean consider a student's service and leadership involvement, awards and honors, an essay response, and other information a student provides in the Honors College application.
Honors curriculum can be completed alongside other degree requirements within two to three years, so students who plan to graduate early still have time to complete Honors work and graduate with University Honors.
Experiential Learning & Travel
The classroom can't show you what economic instability looks like in rural parts or the US. Nor can it taste like Italy.
Faculty & Peer Mentorship
You're not in this alone. A dedicated and driven faculty mentor will be by your side.
You have the opportunity to take center stage and lead with your peers, seminars, workshops, etc. Take the mic.
Opportunities to investigate through academic research start when you're undergraduate.
The Honors College curriculum begins in the first year: students who apply to and are invited to join the Honors College take an Honors seminar focused on leadership and have honors offerings to choose from that count towards students' general education requirements. First-year Honors students also have the opportunity to live and room with other honors students in one of Wingate's newest residence halls.
Limited space is also available in the college for current Wingate students and transfer students who are nominated by a faculty/staff member and/or self-nominate at the end of a student’s first semester at Wingate; these students will be invited to apply to join the college in their second year. Current Wingate students who apply to join the Honors College usually have earned a 3.4 or above in their first semester at Wingate. Transfer students who were in Honors programs at other institutions may petition the dean for up to 6 credit hours for Honors-designated classes taken at previous institutions.
Honors College applicants who have been admitted to Wingate and who apply by the January 15 priority deadline should receive notification of their Honors application status by mid-February. Current Wingate students will receive notification of their application status by early March. Students new to Wingate who apply after the January 15 Honors College priority due date may be invited to join the college if there is space in the program.
After the application process is complete, new Honors students receive an invitation to join the Honors College, have opportunities for advising and orientation sessions in the spring or summer, and register for fall Honors classes to begin their Honors journey at Wingate!
Honors students appreciate that many of these classes are more discussion-based than traditional courses. In addition to completing honors courses in three-credit hour classes, you also:
- Take a one-hour leadership seminar
- Conduct research, write an honors thesis, complete an internship or another honors capstone experience in your junior or senior year
- Present your capstone project at the Wellspring Symposium
- Honors Outings are supported by the Evelyn V. Taylor Honors Student Experience fund. Social, academic, and community engagement opportunities include:
- Participating in an Honors College trip to New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., the Outer Banks, or another city as part of the experiential learning class
- Presenting your research at at least one national or regional conference in the fall or spring
- Going to places in Union County and the Charlotte area. The Honors College funds Honors outings to dinner, the movies, off-Broadway performances, museum exhibits, escape rooms, indoor and outdoor parks, and more!
Honors plans are tailored to a student's major, course needs, graduation plan and career interests. The Honors Dean, Assistant Dean, and faculty advisor work with Honors students to design a plan for their Honors coursework and capstone.
Many Honors classes and Honors research experiences also count for general education requirements and/or major requirements, so Honors students graduate on time, and many Honors students graduate early!
An Honorable Presence on Campus
Honors students study, socialize or unwind in their own lounge in Burris or in designated Honors residence halls and apartments. They also have opportunities to network with Wingate University administrators and connect with other students at honors gatherings. Students in the Honors College are also asked to participate in discussion forums with speakers who visit campus.
Dr. Allison Kellar