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What are the benifits of being honors at a private college?

I have applied and am waiting for acceptance into the honors program at my college and would like to know how the academics might differ. #honor #college #college-admissions #career #higher-education

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Claire’s Answer

Honors programs, from my experience, have additional classes needed to take in order to earn an "Honors Certificate". This isn't all of them and sometimes the programs differ, but I have seen them include different projects, some advanced classes, and different requirements like that. I had a friend in the honors program at the university I went to, and she said while some of the classes were challenging, the community was very tight knit and she really enjoyed her time there.
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Simeon’s Answer

At a private honors program, they're going to focus on more wholistic learning, which include a lot more philosophy, writing, and discussion. The benefits of this more rigorous program will be mostly personal. You won't be more likely to acquire a job using your experience in honors college.
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Sophie’s Answer

Every honors program will be slightly different. I was part of the honors program at my school. It required me to write a thesis, which was one of the best experiences I had in college. I became extremely close to my adviser and learned a great deal about how to go from idea to execution in the research world. It was an opportunity to become a near expert in a particular topic and dedicate myself to something that mattered a great deal to me.
The other benefit of many honors programs is that you get to know your honors cohort really well and it offers a community of other dedicated scholars. It also offers many resources you may not have access to at your school otherwise.
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Anna’s Answer

First, I'd like to say that every school is different. The sizes and offerings of each Honors Program can differ pretty dramatically. I was in the Honors Program in the business school at Boston College and for me, the differences included: smaller class sizes (no more than 30 students), better professors, a close sense of bonding with the other students in the program, and much better networking opportunities. Upperclassmen were very willing to meet with me and discuss their work experience and advise me on classes to take. Classes were more rigorous, but it was more because the students in the classes were more studious/competitive than because the content was drastically different. That being said, in my experience, students in my Honors Program did not view grades as a competition but rather tried to help each other all do our best because we were friends outside of class.

For the Arts & Sciences school at Boston College, the Honors Program was very different. There were many more students in this program and they did not have quite the same networking or bonding benefits.

As with most Honors Programs, both the business and A&S Honors Programs had to write a thesis, which was optional for the rest of the student body.

If you do end up getting in to the Honors College, they will likely send you information about how being in the Honors College is different. I would say do not be afraid of the more difficult coursework because there are many benefits of the programs that can outweigh the difficult classes.
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Sebastian’s Answer

As part of an honors program you will usually get better exposure to resources, but will also experience a more challenging environment. Usually, classes are smaller and the teacher can focus more on individual needs. At the same time, teachers expect more from students, and the students themselves have very driven, or even competitive personalities. In my opinion, you always want to surround yourself with the type of people that bring the best out in you.

So if you have the opportunity to make the honors program, go for it. You will definitely benefit from it.
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