Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of the Honors Program at UNL?
The benefits are many, and the most important and longest lasting may well be intangible.
Small classes-the average Honors class is 18 people, but many are smaller
Seminars on special topics offered only to Honors students
Research requirement: built into the Honors Program is the requirement to complete a senior thesis. As research is essential for admission to graduate and most professional schools, completing the research requirement puts Honors students in advantageous positions for beginning graduate studies.
Interaction with faculty members who are top teachers and researchers, as early as your first semester in college
Interaction with other students who are highly motivated and enjoy intellectual challenge
Special programming open only to Honors students
Honors credit for Education Abroad
The opportunity to live in Honors housing
Are Honors classes significantly more difficult that non-Honors classes and will they require more time?
Honors classes are designed to challenge the highly motivated student, to provide intellectual engagement and to push students to think clearly and well, to ask important questions and search for valuable answers. Rather than being more difficult, Honors classes are different from other classes. Honors classes ask students to engage in discussion, to challenge themselves, to analyze ideas, to write (even in classes such as Math or Biology, where ordinarily, you might not expect writing assignments). They are generally seminars instead of lectures, and often ask students to pursue special projects which would not be required in large lecture classes. Our students rise to this challenge and enjoy it, often blending socializing with studying to accomplish their goals.
Will I enjoy my Honors classes?
Most Honors students prefer their Honors seminars and classes to non-honors classes. They find the intellectual engagement and creative approaches to topics interesting and engaging, they enjoy the regular interaction with and easier access to faculty members, and they prefer to be in classes with other students as highly motivated and intellectually engaged as themselves. They enjoy the innovative pedagogy and approaches to the material, and Honors students often take more than the required number of Honors hours.
Do Honors classes cost more than other classes?
No. Honors classes carry the same tuition costs as other classes do. However, on occasion, special field trips and other associated opportunities may arise in connection with a specific class, and should a student engage in one or more of those opportunities, which are voluntary, the student will incur extra costs.
Am I required to live in Neihardt Residence Center?
No, though many of our students choose to do so, some for all four years. However, students live all over campus, including in Greek houses, and off campus.
What are the advantages of living in Neihardt?
The atmosphere in Neihardt, the first and oldest residence hall on campus, is lively–students are heavily involved in Residence Hall government as well as numerous organizations on campus. However, Neihardt residents also recognize the value of academic excellence, so that liveliness is enhanced by respect for those who are studying at various times of the day and night. Neihardt residents enjoy close proximity to classes, a dedicated custodial staff who take excellent care of the building and students, as well as the outstanding CPN food service. Extra programming, focusing on uniting academics and the social life of the residents is also a benefit. The Honors administrative offices are located in Neihardt, as are many of the Honors seminars. The Honors computer lab, which provides subsidized printing for all Honors students, is also housed there.
If I’m in the Honors program, will I have time for co-curricular activities?
Absolutely. Most students are highly involved on campus–many are in Student Government and the UNL Marching Band, but it would be difficult to find a student organization in which no Honors student is involved. We want our students to take full advantage of the whole college experience.
Will I have time to work?
Definitely. Many Honors students supplement their summer incomes with 10 to 12 hours of work a week. Many work on campus, some in the Honors office or residence hall, others in various offices and labs throughout campus. Others work off campus in various stores and shops in downtown Lincoln. Many take advantage of the undergraduate research program, Undergraduate Creative and Research Experiences (UCARE), which can also become a campus job.
What is the thesis and how do I go about finding a topic, an advisor, etc?Dr. Lyons teaches a class on accomplishing just this. The best time to take that class is in the second semester of your sophomore year. More information is available in the Current Students section of this website.
How do I apply to the Honors Program?
See the Application section of this website.