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Honors College

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.

What makes the Wingate Honors College remarkable?

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.

Leadership Initiatives

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 an undergraduate.

Honors College Curriculum

To graduate with University Honors, a student will complete 18-22 hours from 4 required categories. The range of 18-22 hours is due to different Honors credit options within categories 2, 3, and 4.

Admissions Process

Students admitted to Wingate are invited to apply to the Honors College. The application invitation will be sent in the fall. If an applicant is invited to join the Honors College, they will 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!

The Honors College curriculum begins in the first year: new honors students 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 may  also be available in the college for current Wingate students and transfer students who may apply at the end of their  first semester at Wingate. A transfer student who was in an Honors Program or Honors College at other institutions may petition the dean for up to six credit hours for Honors-designated classes taken at previous institutions.

Honors-Level Work

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.

Alexis Morse
A blue quote mark

The Honors Program provided me with so many opportunities. I had classes that challenged me and professors who pushed me to reach my highest potential. I was able to research what I loved and attend conferences across the country to display my work with my peers and professors. Overall, I feel that my entire education was enriched greatly by being a member of this program."

Chemistry graduate pursuing a master's in biomedical science research at Wake Forest University.

Tyra Tiquana Davis
A blue quote mark

In the Honors Program, I was able to take courses that many other students did not get to, and I was able to take courses that differed greatly from my major, biology. Many science majors often don’t get as many opportunities to express the creative aspects of ourselves, so classes like Honors 205 involving Fine Arts or even the honors section of General Education courses like GPS (Global Perspectives), gave me a chance to not have my world overrun with intense biology all the time."

Biology major now pursuing a master's in public heath at Wingate.

Ethan Hancock
A blue quote mark

Deciding to join the Honors program was one of the best decisions I have made as a Wingate student. Every Honors course I take, I am surrounded by driven classmates who put their academics above all else. The professors structure the classes to allow for discussion and assignments that allow for more creativity than other courses. Each Honors student is able to conduct research on a topic of their choice, allowing each Wingate Bulldog to take charge of their education. I am thankful to have gotten the Honors program experience at Wingate and take my education to the next level, preparing me for what comes after undergrad."

Biology and history double major, Wingate's Men's Swim Team

Judy Perez Castro
A blue quote mark

The Honors Program gave me the opportunity to reach my full potential and explore topics outside of my major and required courses. I looked forward to my challenging honors courses which were discussion-based and in which I was surrounded by high-achieving peers. Additionally, through the Honors Program, I made long-lasting relationships with peers and professors. Overall, my Honors Program experience benefited my long-term academic goals post-graduation."

2020 Wingate graduate, 2nd year law student at McKinney School of Law

Kallie Potter
A blue quote mark

The Honors Program helped me develop as a student. It allowed me the opportunity to be more independent with my studies and gave me the wonderful opportunity to be involved in research."

Biology graduate, now pursuing her doctor of physical therapy at Wingate.

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.



Wingate Honors College