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Honors Carolina connects exceptional students who share a passion for learning with renowned faculty who love teaching. The program opens the door to everything one of the world’s top public research universities has to offer. Study in cities around the globe. Work with faculty mentors on ground-breaking research. Design your own unique educational experience. The only limit is your imagination and desire.

Why Honors Carolina?

Priority Registration

You’ll be first in your class to register for courses each semester. Incoming first-year students are enrolled in 2-3 preferred courses as early as May!

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Global Honors

Unmatched by any other honors program in the nation, Honors Carolina’s commitment to global study opens up the world to you.

Faculty-led coursework and internships in London, Cape Town, Beijing, Singapore, Florence, Barcelona, Washington, D.C., and more — plus summer fellowships worldwide.

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Hands-On Learning

With over 200 to choose from annually, you’ll enjoy a variety of honors courses designed as small, collaborative learning environments led by award-winning faculty.

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Dedicated Advisors

Honors Carolina Thrive Advisors offer guidance and support to ensure you get the most out of your undergraduate career. They’ll help you understand relevant requirements, policies, procedures, and how to access campus support systems.

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Community + Events

From an August kick-off brunch at the Alumni Center to private showings at the Morehead Planetarium, game nights, movie screenings, and catered dinners with faculty and alumni guests, members of Honors Carolina always find time to enjoy each other’s company.

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Experiential Learning

You’ll find Honors Carolina students in the lab, on stage, in the archives, and in the art studio. Original research, design, and performance are hallmarks of the undergraduate experience — often in tandem with faculty who help make Carolina a top-5 national research university.

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Personalized Coaching

Imagine having a personal coach in your corner to help you think through academic and professional goals, plan for post-graduate success, and connect the dots between major and career. That’s exactly what our Honors Carolina Coaches can do for you!

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Engaged Alumni Network

Honors Carolina alumni span the globe. And they love supporting current students through internships, programming, sponsored projects, job shadowing, and online networking.

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Designated Housing

During your first year, you may opt to live with other new honors students in the Honors Carolina First Year Residential Community. Meet new friends. Form study groups. Attend special events.

Located in Cobb Residence Hall.

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Professional Support Staff

Our team of academic professionals is dedicated to helping you find your niche and thrive. Find us in Graham Memorial, home base for Honors Carolina.

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Honors Carolina Laureate

Graduation comes with something extra — the Honors Carolina Laureate, which signifies excellence in baccalaureate studies and a commitment to intellectual pursuits.

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Honors Carolina is more than honorific. It is a rigorous, interdisciplinary academic program designed for students who are eager to explore beyond their immediate academic concentrations and anticipated career trajectories. We want and expect our students to be committed to living a life of the mind.

The Honors Carolina Community

Enjoy all the perks of being a Carolina student, plus the added advantage of making connections with a small group of peers who share your passion for learning.

The Company You Keep

Honors Carolina students possess the intellectual curiosity, ambition, and desire to embrace challenges and solve problems. While numbers alone cannot accurately describe Honors Carolina students, the following statistics provide some measure of the company you will keep.
  • Average High School Class Rank: Top 5%
  • Average SAT Score: 1463




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