Today, we’re talking about UNH’s Hamel Honors and Scholars College, welcoming its inaugural class in Fall 2024. This Q & A will tell you everything you need to know about the new Honors College and why it’s worth it to be a UNH honors student.
What is the Hamel Honors and Scholars College?
The UNH Hamel Honors and Scholars College is an expansion of our current University Honors Program. The College draws on an innovative model of experiential education to provide an individualized learning experience for each honors student. Students and professors will learn together in a shared intellectual community, with impact reaching to the campus, community and beyond.
When is the Hamel Honors and Scholars College opening?
The Hamel Honors and Scholars College will welcome its inaugural class in Fall 2024.
How do I get into the Hamel Honors and Scholars College?
All students who apply to UNH will be considered for admittance to the Honors College. If you apply this fall, you’ll be considered for the inaugural class! We recommend applying Early Action by 11/15 for the widest range of scholarship opportunities, including the Hamel Scholarship for New Hampshire students.
What will honors classes be like?
There are a variety of class options for honors students, with each student choosing their own pathway. Honors learning opportunities include small interdisciplinary and disciplinary seminars and cocurricular experiences.
What sort of projects will I do as an honors student?
The Honors College will include expanded faculty mentorship and resources which will allow for project-based learning with impacts on campus and across the state.
How is the UNH Hamel Honors and Scholars College different from other honors colleges?
As an honors student at UNH, you will be in the driver’s seat of your education. The projects you work on and the learning experiences you have will be driven by your own interests and inquiry. Your learning will also take you outside and beyond the classroom. Study abroad can be honors. Research can be honors. Internships can be honors. You will always learn in an interdisciplinary environment, meaning you will study and collaborate across majors and disciplines.
Where will honors students live?
As an honors student, you can opt in to a living-learning community at UNH where you’ll live with other honors students.
Where is the Hamel Honors and Scholars College?
A restored Huddleston Hall (conveniently located near both center campus and downtown Durham) will serve as the home for the Honors College. The new building will include offices, advising spaces, student “huddle” rooms and spaces, seminar rooms, conference rooms, event space and common gathering and “hang-out” space.
Are there rules or structure to the honors curriculum?
You can make your honors experience your own! The Honors College will offer a flexible curriculum with individualized pathways. Ultimately, you get to be the one to decide how to distribute your honors work among courses and cocurricular experiences.
What are the benefits of being part of the Hamel Honors and Scholars College?
The UNH Hamel Honors and Scholars College offers exciting opportunities and a strong intellectual community for high-achieving students like you. Do you like to get out of the classroom and learn through hands-on and real-world experiences? Do you like learning in an individualized environment among a community of scholars? If so, the Honors College’s focus on experiential and impactful learning will be right for you.
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