Information about The Honors College

Develop your mind, increase your knowledge and benefit society through leadership, service and inquiry in The Honors College at Tarleton. Providing an elevated general education, The Honors College prepares undergraduate students for any profession, as well as engaged citizenship and a life-long love of learning through its two honors programs.

We welcome all majors into The Honors College. In recent years, the top five majors have been pre-nursing, animal science, biomedical science, kinesiology and psychology.

Combining the advantages of a small liberal arts college with the diversity of a comprehensive state university, The Honors College at Tarleton offers rigorous coursework, with an emphasis on discussion, intellectual engagement and student research, as well as a rich array of educational, cultural and social experiences outside the classroom. In general, The Honors College classes don’t require a greater quantity of work, but the work is more challenging. The result is a high-quality bachelor’s degree in your field of study plus Honors designation on your college transcripts.

Contact Information

Honors Hall, room 1233
Box T-0545
Stephenville, TX 76402
[email protected]

What is The Honors College?

At Tarleton, the Honors College houses the Honors Degree Program, including the Honors Core and Upper-Level Honors, and the Presidential Honors Program. Program admission is highly competitive because of limited space in the Honors Hall and small class sizes for the honors courses. Undergraduate students in The Honors College can major in any discipline at Tarleton while becoming part of a greater honors community.

Our undergraduate students who participate in The Honors College have a higher retention and graduation rate than those with the same academic credentials who don’t.

What Can You Do After Graduating From The Honors College?

Graduating from The Honors College at Tarleton enhances your chances of being accepted into a professional school or graduate school or getting a high-level starting job.

Many graduates of The Honors College go on to study in medical school, veterinary school, law school or graduate school, including master’s degree programs at Tarleton.

How Do You Get Started on Your Honor’s College Experience?

Take the next step toward becoming a part of the Honors College community. We have the resources to help you get started.

Sign up to shadow a current honors student.

Join us for an informal Zoom Q&A session. 

Honors College Tour

Why Participate in The Honors College?

Gain a variety of benefits as an honors student, from early registration and small class sizes to educational and cultural enrichment opportunities — all at the affordable cost of a state university.

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Live in one of the premier residence halls on campus

The Honors Hall is home to more than 400 undergraduate students in the Honors College and offers three housing options: apartments, two-bedroom suites and cost-efficient double-occupancy rooms. The Honors Hall also features community spaces, including a meeting room with auditorium seating, a spacious lobby, classrooms, study spaces, kitchens and a large courtyard.

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Experience innovative approaches to teaching honors courses

Honors courses are taught by distinguished faculty members in each of Tarleton’s academic departments. The teaching methods emphasize discussion over formal lectures, primary sources and monographs over textbooks and essay assignments over multiple-choice tests for an engaging, intellectually stimulating learning environment.


Participate in honors activities and events

Attend debates, lectures, and guest presentations from Visiting Scholars. Join us on trips to Bass Performance Hall, the Kimbell and Amon Carter Art Museums and Honors conferences across the country. Study abroad in Urbino, Italy, a month-long, summer program on the Italian Renaissance in one of the great centers of the Italian Renaissance, while earning up to six hours of honors credit. Shadow and network with successful Honors College graduates. Opportunities such as these contribute to a memorable college experience.


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Attend classes, seminars and lectures with other honors students. With the offices of the Honors College on the first floor, you’ll also have easy access to Honors College advising, as well as social and academic events exclusive to the Honors College.


Come and See for Yourself

Attend special events on campus for prospective and/or admitted undergraduate students to take a tour, meet current honors students and visit the academic department you’re interested in. Scheduled events include Honors College Preview Days, Honors Owl Camp, and early Honors College Orientation sessions (limited to 30 to 40 students).

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Student Activities

Get involved through activities and events hosted by Honors College and the Honors College Student Association, such as Honors Week, Student Research Symposium, Honors Mentoring Program, Alumni Day, Night in Urbino fundraising event, debates, tutoring, poetry contests, academic competitions in local schools, job shadowing and more.

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