Benefits & Advantages
Kurz Hall is the Honors residence facility on campus. This hall is located in a prominent area of campus, near the Student Recreation Center (SRC), the Ville Grill Dining Complex, and a short walk from the University Library and many academic buildings. Honors housing provides you with the opportunity to live in an environment that supports the academic, social, and personal development of Honors students. Our goal is to foster a stronger sense of community within the program, while also encouraging academic success. Honors students are not required to live in Kurz Hall but may wish to do so.
Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are academic and residential communities dedicated to a specific theme that creates purposeful links among academic, residential and social components of the college experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in either the Honors First-Year LLC or choose from a variety of Nested LLCs. Members of a Nested LLC usually live together on the same floor in Kurz hall, enroll as a cohort in themed courses each semester, and participate in group co-curricular activities. The Honors Nested LLCs are comprised of grouped classes in a specific cluster, allowing students to take two or more courses with the same group of peers throughout the semester. Please visit the Honors Living/Learning Community page for full descriptions of the Honors LLCs located in Kurz Hall.
First years through seniors choose to live in Kurz Hall, which provides an opportunity for upper-level students to mentor new students throughout the first year on campus. Space is limited in Kurz Hall, so if you are interested, please visit the university's Housing page for more information.
Ensure you get the best schedule you can. As a student in the University Honors Program, you register for classes first. Honors students are eligible to take advantage of this perk, which allows them to be among the very first students on campus to register for courses. Although entering Honors first-year students will not have priority registration during summer orientation, they are provided with an early opportunity to register for their preferred summer orientation session. From their first full semester of enrollment forward, all active Honors students will receive priority registration.
Honors 101 (Honors Modes of Inquiry) and Honors 202 (Windows on the World) are first-year seminar courses that provide an opportunity for Honors students to orient themselves to campus prior to the first day of classes. These courses typically start before the semester begins, providing an early chance for students to meet each other, as well as Honors faculty, staff members, and Honors upper-level students serving as course assistants. Beginning the week before university classes commence, students attend a welcome session, and begin their coursework in the first-year seminar. The first-year seminars typically start early and continue throughout the fall semester.
Participation in a first-year Honors seminar is required for all Honors students in the College of Arts & Sciences, strongly recommended to our students in the School of Music, and required for some students based on their participation in Honors Nested LLCs. If you are an entering first-year student enrolled in any of these, you will receive information about these seminars during summer orientation.
Honors courses are designed to promote engaged discussion, personalized study, in-depth research and writing, and close relationships with faculty members and peers. The majority of Honors classes are capped at 25 students, with an average class size of 15 students. Honors courses are offered that will fit any program of study. Students are provided with the opportunity to enroll in the Honors courses that are most appealing to them.
After completion of the first academic year, Honors students are eligible to enroll in courses known as Honors Scholars Seminars. These courses provide an opportunity for students to take small special topics courses that encourage interdisciplinary perspectives and, often, field experience outside the classroom. Typically, the Honors Program offers 30 seminars each academic year. Topics differ from semester to semester. For additional information and a list of previous seminar topics visit our Honors Courses page.
Each year, one or two Honors Scholars seminars will conclude with a field experience. Students, faculty, and Honors staff members will travel, as a group, for one to two weeks to a national or international destination related to the seminar topic. The Woodcock Society Seminars focus on topics of national relevance, while the International Seminars provide Honors students with the opportunity to travel abroad for up to two weeks. For a list of previous travel seminars, visit the Honors Travel Seminars page.
Students are also given the opportunity to attend Honors conferences at the state, regional, and national levels. These conferences provide students the opportunity to develop valuable presentation skills through a discussion of research or exchange of ideas, while also networking with Honors students from other institutions around the country. Participation in these conferences is open to all Honors students, from freshmen through seniors. The University Honors Program subsidizes costs associated with these conferences.
This year-long program, sponsored by the University of Louisville's President's Council, provides students the unique opportunity to be mentored by a local professional in the students area of interest. Through participation in this program, students gain professional insight and experience while still at the undergraduate level, which helps forge a link from classroom to career. Junior-level students in the Honors Program are invited to apply for this mentoring program during mid-summer. Learn more about the President's Council Mentoring Program »
Active Honors students are granted the same borrowing privileges as graduate students. For details about these privileges, visit the University Library's borrowing information page.