Honors at Radford University is an academic program and vibrant community defined by intellectual curiosity and active engagement in the educational process. In turn, these qualities are expected to result in the pursuit of excellence in one's scholarly and creative activities.

Honors students are selected in a competitive application process. Students admitted to honors are eligible for a number of benefits, including enrollment in honors classes, honors housing, honors programming and honors advising. Students who complete the 27-credit hour honors curriculum graduate as Highlander Scholars, the highest academic distinction for Radford undergraduates. The Highlander Scholar distinction appears on the student's diploma and is recognized with special regalia at graduation.

The Honors Academy at Radford University is a division of the Office of High Impact Practices and a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the Southern Regional Honors Council and the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council.

Honors Academy in the News

  1. HHP junior leading student research team at national tournament »

    2/7/2018

    Abby Jones is devoting many hours over the next two months researching and learning about athletes who suffer concussions while playing in wheelchair basketball leagues.

  2. Discoverer of the exceptional visits campus »

    2/6/2018

    World explorer, New Zealand native and Atlas Obscura writer Ella Morton added to her list of adventures when she visited Radford University for a talk sponsored by the Honors Academy on Feb. 1.

  3. Honors Academy to host writer Ella Morton »

    1/22/2018

    New Zealand-born, Australian-raised, Brooklyn-based writer Ella Morton is visiting Radford University at 4 p.m. on Feb. 1 in the Bonnie Auditorium as part of the Honors Speaker series.

  4. Fascination with science pushes Honors Academy student to success »

    11/28/2017

    Radford University sophomore Cole Faulkner, of Bland, utilizes the skills learned from the Honors Academy to enhance his college experience.

  5. Legacy, Honors student finds home at Radford »

    9/29/2017

    As a Radford University legacy student, sophomore education major Emily Stinson is following in the footsteps of successful Highlanders.

  6. President Hemphill applauds Honors Academy students »

    9/18/2017

    Honors Academy students were invited by President Hemphill to the Governor Tyler House Sept. 13 for a reception to honor their achievements.