A Place for the Academically Motivated and Curious

The Honors College at St. Cloud State University is a community of highly motivated and academic ambitious students and faculty who value intellectual curiosity, mutual respect, engagement with the community, and leadership opportunities.

Offering a distinctive student experience characterized by small class sizes, an interdisciplinary learning environment, close faculty-student interaction, and purpose-driven mentoring, the Honors College has a strong focus on:

Research: Guided and independent research opportunities
Leadership: Campus and St. Cloud community engagement
Experiential Learning: Experiences that will develop transferable skills, field trips, and study abroad opportunities
Support: Living-learning community in Lawrence Hall, first-year cohort with structured enrichment opportunities, and peer mentors

Honors College students learn in an environment that recognizes and values your experiences and what matters to you in the world. Students are prepared for whatever life brings. With the Honors College, you will finish focused and finish your way.

The Honors College offers two minors depending on a student’s status.

Who is an Honors Student?

Honors College students are both undergraduate and transfer students who posses many of the following traits:
  • Engaged and active learners
  • Leaders on campus and in the community
  • Effective communicators and listeners
  • Intellectually curious and interested in exploring innovative ideas
  • Academically accomplished and professionally motivated
  • Willing to take risks and encounter the unexpected
  • Purpose-driven and committed to making a difference
  • From a wide range of backgrounds with diverse experience

If this describes you, let's talk!

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Through partnership with staff, faculty and the campus and surrounding community, we will provide a four-year program to student scholars from all disciplines that cultivates leadership, promotes inclusive and sustained community engagement, and enhances the learning commitments of SCSU.

Our Vision

Our Mission

The mission of St. Cloud State University Honors College is to provide a dynamic interdisciplinary experience for highly motivated students who are academically ambitious and value intellectual curiosity, mutual respect, engaging with the community, and leadership opportunities.  Our small classes and student-centered pedagogy promote discussion, cooperative learning, and independent exploration among committed learners of all identities, experiences, and learning styles.


  • Advancing undergraduate research
  • Promoting place- and issue- based learning
  • Fostering sustained community engagement
  • Encouraging innovation in teaching and learning
  • Inspiring meaningful relationships between faculty and students
  • Supporting leadership and professional development
  • Furthering global intellectual exploration