Where Exceptional Learners Learn to Lead

The GovState Honors College is more than a program tailored to enrich the educational experience of students. We are a diverse group of engaged students who share a passion for learning. More than 140 students from all four degree-granting colleges and over 20 undergraduate degree program areas are part of the GovState Honors College.

Whether you aspire to become a Ph.D. or a CEO, the GovState Honors College will help you reach your potential and achieve your goals.

You might be wondering who we are. We are GovState, and we are also GovState Honors College. Here you will be inspired to explore, experience, and engage. You will attend small and engaging classes led by faculty who strive to inspire critical thinking and create opportunities to support your professional goals. If you think you have what it takes to be a GovState Honors College student, we’d love to connect with you.

- David Rhea, Interim Dean

Make the GovState Honors College Part of Your GovState Journey!

To Be Considered: Apply to GovState and complete the Connect with Us Form.

We are GovState Honors College!

We are Exceptional. We are Marketable. We are Leaders. We are Scholars. We are Global Citizens. At Governors State University you will find administration, faculty, and staff who are committed to guiding you on your Jaguar journey to success. Students accepted into the GovState Honors College will be immersed in classes that offer the most amazing opportunities to learn about your interests, issues, and trends. Those courses will align with your unique goals, arming you with the knowledge and expertise to graduate prepared for advanced degrees, impress employers, and competitive for prestigious national scholarships. At GovState Honors College, as you pursue your degree you will have access to honors-only internships, research, and global travel.


Honors Leadership Scholars Initiative 3.8+/4.0
GovState Honors College 3.65-3.79/4.0

*Eligibility is highly competitive, meeting typical minimum requirements does not guarantee entrance to the Honors College. Likewise, the Honors College reserves the right to consider applicants with credentials below these minimums.