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Five honors tracks to choose from. Make the most of your degree with an in-depth, challenging dive into your subject area.

An opportunity to satiate your hunger for more. More experience, more research, more knowledge.

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.

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 Tracks

Honors classes, seminars, and research hours are a part of your 120 hours, not additional hours. Students frequently double major or have several minors and still complete their Honors requirements with ease. Honors classes and research are about how thoughtfully a student approaches a topic. They are not exponentially more work than a non-honors class. Instead, the focus is on elevating a student’s experience within their academic coursework and co-curricular experiences on and off campus.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

Honors-Level Work

After you choose an honors track in University Honors (traditional, biology, business, chemistry or nursing), you will take at least three honors courses before starting your honors research project. 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 interdisciplinary seminar
  • Conduct an honors thesis or research project during your junior or senior year
  • Present your research 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!

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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.