The University Honors Program was founded in 2000 at the impetus of Provost Kermit Hall. Dr. John Wall, Professor of English, served as the founding director of the program. In Fall 2000, the UHP welcomed its first class of 109 students out of a pool of 364.
Dr. George Barthalmus, Professor of Zoology, served as interim director in 2002-2003 when the program was redesigned to focus on a distinctly academic mission. Dr. Barthalmus was also instrumental in launching the Honors Village in Fall 2003, which began with approximately 50 students occupying a floor and a half of Bagwell Hall.
Dr. Larry Blanton, Professor of Plant Biology, began his tenure as the first permanent director of the program in 2003 and oversaw the program’s major growth and expansion. This included the first coordinated campus fellowship advising effort, which originated in the UHP as a part-time effort by one of its staff members.
Today, the program has grown to an incoming class of nearly 200 students out of an average pool of 1,000. The Honors Village has grown to more than 400 and fills the entire Quad (Berry, Bagwell, and Becton).
- Five professional staff
- Approximately 650 students
- Approximately 250 faculty annually engaged through teaching, research mentorship, and community engagement
- UHP students take 12-credit-hours of innovative seminars that emphasize both interdisciplinarity and the social, political, ethical, and cultural implications of research.
- UHP students conduct a 6-credit-hour self-designed research project under the mentorship of an NC State faculty member.
- UHP students participate in a wide array of supercurricular activities that catalyze concepts, issues, and ideas well beyond the limits of a traditional classroom.