Honors Program extends to KU Edwards Campus, offering students advanced learning, networking opportunities

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OVERLAND PARK — Academically exceptional students in Kansas City have a new way to get the most out of their college experience through the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) Honors Program, an extension of KU’s top-ranked University Honors Program. All incoming KUEC undergraduate students may apply, and community college transfer students who participated in a community college honors program can easily transfer their previous honors work for KU credit.“We want students to have access to the opportunities and challenges that an honors education provides in the Kansas City region,” said Shannon Portillo, assistant vice chancellor for undergraduate programs at the Edwards Campus. “KUEC now provides access to the same high-quality opportunities and challenges that the University Honors Program has historically offered in Lawrence, with the community college transfer student in mind.”

A founding member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, KU’s University Honors Program is tied for first in the nation, according to Public University Honors. Students involved in the program enjoy a small liberal arts college experience, combined with the benefits of the resources available from a Research I, Association of American Universities institution. University Honors Program students take challenging, specially designed courses, are involved in hands-on learning experiences and receive personalized advising to help them succeed in the classroom and after graduation.

Portillo said these program qualities, which also apply to the KUEC students in the program, are part of why KU Honors students experience professional success more often, and earlier, than their peers, and have more opportunities to take part in graduate-level research and study abroad.

“Students in Honors at KUEC work closely with faculty, take advantage of enhanced learning experiences that prepare them for the workplace and make connections with other honors students and KU Honors alumni in the Kansas City region,” Portillo said. “In addition to challenging classroom experiences, students participate in co-curricular activities that …

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