Welcome to EKU Honors

Are you interested in EKU Honors but aren’t sure if it’s a good fit for you and goals? We know that high school GPAs and standardized test scores only tell part of your story, so our application process is holistic in nature and designed to let us get to know you as a whole person.

Travel with Honors

Experiences studying away from EKU are transformative, life-changing, and fun. EKU Honors will do everything possible to support your ability to study abroad or away during your time at EKU.

Support EKU Honors

Many EKU Honors experiences would not be possible without the generous support of friends and alumni. Make a difference in the life of an honors student today.

EKU Honors


Founded in 1988, EKU Honors makes the best intellectual resources at EKU available to a limited group of talented and motivated students.

EKU Honors is designed for students just like you who want an in-depth college classroom experience with a strong grounding in an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education. Whatever your major, you’ll take advantage of our small, innovative classes that can replace some of your general education and university requirements. Before you graduate as an Honors Scholar, you’ll complete an honors thesis on a topic of your choice.

As an EKU Honors student, you’ll get to know your fellow students and professors at our monthly pizza suppers and on trips to local theatre and dance performances, the Louisville opera, and the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, where more students from EKU present than from any other honors program or college in the nation. In EKU Honors, you’ll make friends that last a lifetime.


















The website “HonorSociety.org” is not associated with EKU Honors. Joining HonorSociety.org and paying the membership fee does not make you a member of EKU Honors, nor does membership in any other honor society. You must go through our application process.


The mission of EKU Honors is to provide its students with the best intellectual resources available at the university in order to empower them to attain their highest academic and professional goals. We develop the whole student by way of our small, interdisciplinary classes, our support of student research and travel to regional and national conferences, and our offering of a wide variety of cultural and out-of-classroom experiences.


EKU Honors aspires to national recognition as an exemplary program. Our graduates will be successful in their chosen academic and professional paths, as well as informed and responsible citizens in their local communities and the world. We will build on our traditional strengths by extending honors opportunities to broader segments of the EKU student body while continuing to cultivate a spirit of creative and innovative learning and teaching throughout the EKU community.


Here you will find our annual report, where we highlight the achievements of EKU Honors throughout the year.  All documents open in new tabs or windows as PDFs.

Six “E”s of EKU Honors

We use our six “E”s of EKU Honors to guide many of our choices in the honors program. Specifically, we seek students who want to:

  • Engage with their campus community
  • Examine new ideas across disciplinary boundaries
  • Explore opportunities for research and nationally competitive awards
  • Experience new ideas, communities, and cultures
  • Excel as a leader inside and outside of the classroom
  • Enhance their EKU experience through internships, co-ops, and other methods of increasing their employability after graduation

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