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Ashford University’s Honors College engages a community of exceptional Bachelor's students in educational opportunities that promote leadership, innovation, global perspective, and civic responsibility. Join Ashford’s best and brightest students in the Honors College and be recognized for your academic achievements.


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How It Works

If you are an undergraduate student seeking a Bachelor's degree who has achieved an excellent academic record, you can elevate your degree program by applying for entry into Ashford’s Honors College. The Honors College curriculum adds a prestigious enhancement to your degree by substituting Honors College classes for select General Education and/or elective courses in your degree program. The Honors College is not available to graduate students.

The full Honors College curriculum consists of three lower division courses and three upper division courses for a total of 18 credits. You will have two options for completing Honors requirements: either complete all six courses or complete the three upper division courses. The three lower division courses may replace three courses in your General Education sequence that fulfill the same competencies (Critical Thinking, Civic Responsibility, Intercultural and Global Awareness). The three upper division courses will serve as elective courses.

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Benefits of the Honors College

When you complete the Honors program, you are recognized as an academic achiever. There are numerous benefits available to you throughout your degree program:

Upon acceptance into the Honors College, students will receive:

  • Certificate of Acceptance into the Honors College
  • Support from a collaborative and holistic support team consisting of a Student Advisor, Financial Aid Advisor, and Career & Alumni Advisor
  • Mentorship from an Ashford faculty member
  • A dedicated phone line to contact Honors advisors
  • Access to the benefits of Ashford’s partnership with Forbes
  • An invitation to join a college community group within AU Connect, Ashford’s online alumni community
  • An invitation to join exclusive Honors College groups on Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Student Membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council
  • Student Membership in the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society (for qualified military/veteran students only)
  • Honors College designation on your transcript

Upon successful completion of their first Honors College (HON) course, students will be provided with:

  • iPad® mobile digital device*

Upon graduation, students will receive:

  • Special recognition from the Honors College at commencement, including a Honors College Medallion Ceremony
  • Ashford University framed diploma
  • Honors College designation on your diploma

* The approximate retail value of each iPad is expected to be: $344.09. Any taxes on the iPad value are the sole responsibility of the recipient. For students receiving Title IV Financial Aid, the amount of the iPad may impact the student’s estimated financial assistance (EFA) and/or student cost of attendance (COA) budget. Please contact the Financial Services department with any questions.

iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.

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Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for the Honors College, you must be seeking a Bachelor's degree, have completed 30 credits, and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.75. If you have completed fewer than 30 credits, you must complete 15 credits at Ashford with a 3.75 GPA to apply for the Honors College. To remain active in the Honors College, you must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

To apply for the Honors College if you are a current Ashford student:

1. Log into your Student Portal

2. Click My Forms on the left hand navigation pane

3. Click Registrar Forms

4. Click Online Forms

5. Search for Honors College Application

6. Click Honors College Application for Acceptance and follow the instructions.

If you are interested in applying to the Honors College but haven’t yet enrolled at Ashford University, connect with an Ashford representative at 855.245.1415 to learn more.

Part of your application requires you to submit:

  • An essay
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation


Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the sequence of Honors courses will be able to:

  • Display leadership and interdisciplinary teamwork skills
  • Utilize innovative approaches and informed decision-making when solving problems
  • Interpret current global issues through multiple perspectives
  • Evaluate the impact of various forms of civic engagement

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Are you currently a licensed RN?

This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.