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 the Honors College 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 Honors Scholars, the highest academic distinction for Radford undergraduates. Students who complete the 15-credit honors curriculum graduate with the Highlander Honors Distinction. These achievements appear on the student’s diploma and are recognized with special regalia at graduation.

The Honors College 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 College in the News

  1. Entrepreneurship leads graphic design student to New York Fashion Week »

    9/27/2019

    When Honors College graphic design student Sophie Smith launched her online clothing storefront on Depop, she wanted to meet a niche of the market: alternative 90s clothes. Little did she know that by fulfilling that need, she would land up in New York City for the world-renowned New York Fashion Week.

  2. Outstanding scholar and student athlete Jessi Wollmann earns prestigious award »

    4/4/2019

    Radford University athlete and Honors student Jessi Wollmann has earned another accolade and expanded her list of academic and athletic achievements.

  3. Original undergraduate research results in two conference presentations »

    3/4/2019

    Radford University empowers students from diverse backgrounds by providing transformative educational experiences and one way this is accomplished is through unique research opportunities.

  4. A sign of student-faculty collaboration »

    2/19/2019

    The Radford University Tree Ring Lab needed a new sign. Enter Nick Francis, a freshman from Troutville. Working with his research mentor Dr. Stockton Maxwell, he created a unique and clever door plaque using the Makerspace in Peery Hall.

  5. What’s great about Radford University? Ask Sarah  »

    11/7/2018

    Honors College student Sarah Church loves Radford, and she loves telling others about her university.

  6. President Hemphill hosts reception to recognize Honors College students »

    10/4/2018

    President Brian O. Hemphill held a reception at his home on Oct. 2 to recognize students enrolled in the university’s prestigious Honor College.