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Brinson Honors College

Western Carolina University's Brinson Honors College provides an academic community in which high-achieving students challenge themselves to meet and exceed their own academic goals and to carry that success beyond graduation. As the oldest and one of the largest residential honors colleges in the University of North Carolina System, the Brinson Honors College at WCU attracts students from diverse backgrounds with diverse aspirations who live and learn together and push each other to excellence.

Honors Students
Top 10
in Undergrad Research Nationally
Average Class Size

A Living-Learning Community

Join the Brinson Honors College

WCU's high-achieving freshman applicants are offered admission into the Brinson Honors College in their first year. Upperclassmen who did not enter as freshmen may apply to join the Brinson Honors College if their GPA meets minimum standards.

Admission Criteria
 Honors Academics


WCU's Brinson Honors College goes beyond the typical honors "core curriculum" approach to allow students to design their own honors courses working directly with faculty in their field of study.

About Honors Academics

Honors Community

Accepted Honors students are invited to live in Balsam Hall, one of WCU's newest residence halls. In addition, students participate in honors community activities designed by the student-run Brinson Honors College Board.

About the Community

Engaged Learning

Real-World Experience
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