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What Students Are Saying

From our 2019 graduates:

“Personally, I found all of them (UHON classes) to be definitely worth my time, and made my college career a little more meaningful.” – Andrea Storey

“The Honors Program is one of the best offices on campus. Everyone in the program has offered me so much support over the last four years, and I know I could not have reached my full potential without the help of everyone in the office. Thank you!” – Madison McMinn

“The mentors were very helpful. They helped push me to do greater things, including an honor’s thesis. They have been a great resource and support system.” – Megan Quinn

“I think it’s awesome that the Honors Assembly and the UHP continue to create amazing programs that reach a lot of students, faculty, and staff…” – Mary McGee

“Proud to be UHP!” – Holly Piepenburg

Regarding the 4-1-1, Sylvia Faurot said, “I found it very sweet to get to hear about other people’s achievements and offer them support; it was a nice community forging effort.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the UHP. This program helped me grow into a stronger student, leader, and member of my community. I would recommend this program to any incoming student.” – Sara Dixon

“I really enjoyed taking the Honors courses. They made gen eds much more interesting and bearable. I also remember more content from them because of the discussion-based classes!” – Clair Bammann

“The friends that I made living in Smith Hall were my friends throughout college!” – Darren Reinhardt

Previous graduates

Hanna Netisingha

"I loved being a part of the UHP family. The opportunities I had and the people I met were amazing; and popcorn Fridays were awesome. Thanks for the Honors Oasis and thank you for always being great support for Honors students and providing us with so much."

Haley Schmidt

"I'm really happy I decided to join the Honors program. I loved the classes and it has motivated me to complete a thesis project, which i otherwise would not have done."

Chad Ferriell

"I have had an amazing time here being an Honors student. David told me something on the first day I met him that i wont forget. 'Being an Honors student is meant to reward you, not punish you.'"

Camille Myers

"I always looked forward to meeting with my mentor. Everytime I went she reminded me why I decided to attend college in the first place and I always left with a renewed sense of purpose."

Priya Patel

"I have had an extremely good experience with the Honors Program at SIU and would recommend the program to anyone that asked. I learned about subjects that weren't in my field of study but still found a way to incorporate all of it in to my studies."

Keegan Trip

"I really enjoyed the size (small and more personal), diversity of subjects, and quality of teaching instructors that the Honors Program offers. I was better challenged in these classes unlike most of the core classes."

Ariel Gorham

"Every mentor I met with was extremely helpful in guiding me towards my end goal and ensuring that I was keeping up with all of my classes and extracurricular activities. They were the biggest support during my undergraduate career."

Shelby Moore

"My favorite part was being able to register for classes before anyone else. I always got into the classes I wanted."

Lee Stewart,
2011 USA Today All-College Academic Team
Political Science

“The University Honors Program has been an integral piece to my success at SIU. The classes taught in this program are fantastic and the professors are dedicated to student success. The services provided by the UHP and The Office of Major Scholarship Advisement have helped me to network on campus, become involved in research, and helped set me apart from other students. The friendships I’ve made through being in this program have also been some of the most meaningful and lasting friendships of my college career.”

Tyler Chance,
Political Science

“The University Honors Program has not only given me the chance to grow academically, but it has also given me the chance to grow a family. The people I have come in contact with in my honors classes have become my best friends; they have become my family. That family is one thing that the honors program provides that no other academic program could match.”

Carly Freiwald,

“When I joined the Honors Program as an incoming freshman I thought it was just going to be something that would look good on my resume. However, I’m  junior now and as the years have progressed I have become more and more fond of the program. I have thoroughly enjoyed every class that I have taken and I think it is a great opportunity. Today I was reading over the email with the new classes for next semester and I was astounded. I want to take almost every single class! I’m especially excited about the Walt Disney class!"

Adam Hall,
Cinema & Photography

"The Honors Program has been a huge part of my college experience. Having the opportunity to meet and converse with outstanding professionals such as Story Musgrave, David Levy and Garrison Keillor is a source of inspiration and encouragement in my own pursuits."

Fahran Robb,
2006 USA Today All-USA College Academic team,
Agriculture Information & Political Science

"The University Honors Program has opened so many doors for me. I never would have applied for the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team without their guidance. They truly care about providing us an advantage for our future."

Austin Mohr,
Mathematics & Computer Science

"The University Honors Program has been an indispensible aid in my pursuit of major scholarships. The faculty are skilled, knowledgeable and tireless in their efforts. It is because of their focused, goal-oriented work that I was able to secure the Barry M.Goldwater Scholarship. I cannot express the depth of my gratitude for their steadfast belief in my abilities and ardent desire for my success."

Stephanie Buckley,
Special Education

"Honors classes have allowed me to explore worlds that I did not think were possible to me. I have not only learned about how to be a better student, but a better and more well-rounded person."

Joe Batir,
2007 Morris Udall Scholarship Winner, Geology

"My experiences with the honors program will be some of my best memories of my college experience."

Brenda Sanders,
University Studies

"Through the SIUC Honors Program, guest lectures, breakfast meetings and opportunities to meet diverse academic luminaries, I have had significant exposure to academic figures that would otherwise have been unavailable to me. Thus my academic experience has been enriched and has equipped me with strong confidence in knowing that I will complete post-graduate degrees and enjoy a meaningful career. I wholeheartedly recommend participation in the SIUC Honors Program."

Sarah P. Beard,
Marketing & Management

"The University Honors Program is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their college experiences. The classes offered through the Honors Program are not like any other classes on campus. I have learned more from my honors classes than any other classes."

Rapeepan Maitree,
Electrical Engineering

"University Honors Program helps me build on my accomplishments and inspire me to climb a little higher and stretch the boundaries of my imagination."

Laura Deaton,

"I think the honors program provided a chance to be exposed to some interesting classes instead of just average core. It made going to class an enjoyable experience. Working for my Honors thesis has also really prepared me for what to expect in graduate school."

Todd Styles,

"The honors program is a great aid to students. Lots of scholarship opportunities and interesting classes, I recommend it to any student."

Payton List,
Film Production & Premedicine

"I have been able to explore many new areas of study that I would have never thought about otherwise. My analytical and writing skills have improved greatly with each of the courses I have taken. I also enjoy small class sizes because I am able to work closely with the professor and participate in class discussions."

Sean Goodin,
Physiology-Political Science & Chemistry

"University Honors Program has enabled me to gain a wealth of information that is above and beyond what you can get in a normal class."

Cory Maria Dack,
English & Music

"Some of the honors professors I've worked with have been the best and most thought provoking teachers I've ever had."