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Carolyn F. Blakely Honors Program

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Message from the Director

The Honors Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a unit for academically oriented and motivated students.  It offers a planned set of arrangements to serve the needs of talented, gifted, and committed students who are receptive to serious academic challenges.  Our goal is to produce a program that attracts and retains high-achieving scholars with an interest in becoming well-educated and well-rounded people willing to make their respective communities and nation a better place to live, work, and learn.  To achieve this goal, we have complied a collection of experiences that are designed to enrich the educational experience of our scholars.

It is our hope that the scholars in the Honors Program will embrace the opportunities that we provide them with vigor, curiosity, and courage. Honors scholars should be willing to take a look at the world that surrounds them and challenge themselves to learn more about that world.  Honors scholars should also be willing to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills; these are the skills that will carry them far in life.  We embrace the philosophy that these students will excel, but that it is our responsibility to them to facilitate that process. Therefore, the mission of the Honors Program is to prepare and provide to those students curricula and experiences that will challenge them intellectually and ultimately produce graduates who will be assets to their society.

We solicit your suggestions, your inquiries, and certainly your support as we develop a pride of golden lion scholars.

Mrs. Sheena T. Meadows
Director


Eligibility

Entering students must apply for formal admission into the Honors Program. The Honors Program requires an ACT of 21 or above, a GPA of 3.25 or above, ranking in the top 25% of the graduating class, and a firm commitment to the Honors Program. Currently enrolled students (sophomores and juniors) who can demonstrate that they have made a commitment to the objectives of the program may also apply. Seniors are not admitted to the program, but they are encouraged to seek membership into Alpha Chi or Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Societies.

Incentives
· Honors Dorms
· Honors Study Lounge
· Honors Book Loan Program
· Smaller Classes
· Colloquia, Seminars and Forums
· Cultural Activities
· Assistance in Registration
· Attendance at Professional Meetings


Honor Student Association

Students participating in the Honors Program are eligible for membership in the Honor Student Association (HSA). This organization is a voluntary association designed to provide honor students with academic, social and service activities that will enrich their undergraduate studies. The HSA will elect two students to serve as ex-officio members of the Honors Advisory Council during the academic year. Therefore, students will have representation on the board that establishes academic policies governing the Honors Program.