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How does the College recognize Honors Students?

Students who participate in the Taylor-Crocker Honors Program show that they take a special interest in their education and receive special recognition and treatment from the College. Besides challenging, enriching instruction, the Honors Program provides its students with increased opportunities to meet visiting scholars, civic leaders, and performing artists; travel to museums, the theater, and sites of cultural, historical, or scientific importance; and attend or present at conferences.   Students have to opportunity to participate in the Dr. James Durant Melton Outdoor Leadership Awards Program,  a customized, five-day outdoor leadership program of the North Carolina Outward Bound School in Linville Gorge in the North Carolina mountains. Honors Program students may gather for study or conversation in the Honors Lounge.  They may  choose to live in a specially designated area for Honors Program students in one of the College's residence halls.  There is also an active student organization on campus, the Student League of Academic Prestige (S.L.A.P.) comprised of the Honors Program students.

Sylvan Heights Trip

Students in Dr. Kosal's Fall 2013 Conservation Biology class visited Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck, NC.

From L to R: Dillon Richardson, Tommy Nakamura, Kristin Bryant, David Paffen, Macon Hammond, Aubrey Motley, Evan Collins, Denya Isabelle, Katie Crickmore.


Members of the Fall 2013 Cryptology honors class visited the National Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade, MD.  

Above - Group picture: Seated:  Jasmine Edgren, Nikki Liette. Standing:  Bishal Karanjit, Izzy Cobb, Megan Zimmerman, Kate Liseski, Stephen Bardswick, George Moore, Darryl Hamilton, Sarah Olsowski. 

Below - Jasmine Edgren and Darryl Hamilton encrypt a message using an Enigma Machine. 

 Jasmine Edgren and Darryl Hamilton Enigma


Honors Program students are also given the exclusive opportunity to participate in the "Give A Hand" Mentoring Program.  This mentoring program pairs students with a personal mentor who is a member of the College's Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors, faculty or staff.


Every honors course students take is marked as such on their transcript. For example, English 112H is denoted English Composition Honors. Students who complete the entire program receive special recognition on their degree, at graduation, and on their transcript. Graduates of the Program receive a special blue and gold cord to wear at graduation. Students enrolled in the Program also receive a special scholarship starting at $500 each semester and increasing over their time in the Program.

Two of the Spring 2010 Honors Program Graduates after the Commencenment Cermony. Ben Lilley received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and Elena Pisarik received the President's Cup, the two highest honors given out at graduation.