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The Irvin D. Reid Honors College is named for Wayne State University's ninth president who served the university from 1997 to 2008. One of President Reid's many successful initiatives that would lead Wayne State University into "a new era of greatness" was the creation of an Honors College. Read more about Dr. Reid here.

The mission of Honors is to promote informed, engaged citizenship as the foundation for academic excellence in a diverse global setting. We accomplish this mission by attracting and retaining talented students, promoting the Honors four pillars, and cultivating within students not only a different way of thinking but a desire to make a difference.

Benefits of joining the Honors College include being part of an innovative community of scholars, service-learning, access to world-class research institutions and career development skills such as e-portfolio design. Housed in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the Honors College includes a large private study area with a computer lab for Honors students, an advising center and programs such as movie nights and talent competitions. Additionally, as an Honors student, you will be able to register for classes before other WSU students and have access private scholarship opportunities. If you chose to live on campus, Atchison Hall houses the Honors community.  

Thousands of students have graduated with University Honors in various academic programs. For the 2015-2016 academic year, 532 first-year students are enrolled, the largest class to date.

Welcome from Dean Jerry Herron

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CommunityEngagement@Wayne - Honors' service-learning office


Honors College Program Assessment Report 2014-2015

Honors College Program Assessment Report 2015-2016

Honors College Program Assessment Report 2016-2017

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