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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Quiz Bowl seeking quick-thinking, smart students to represent Radford »

    9/14/2018

    The Honors College will host the Radford University Quiz Bowl – the varsity sport of the mind – in preparation for assembling a team to represent Radford at the annual Big South Conference Quiz Bowl

  4. 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.

  5. 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.