UAA Honors College

  • University Honors College

    Apply to the UAA's University Honors College, where you will have the opportunity to design your own pathway uniquely fitted to your personal and academic interests and goals. Next Application Review Deadline for Fall Applications: July 15th

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The Dean's Welcome

Ray Ball

Ray Ball, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the Honors College

Welcome to the University Honors College! We are glad you鈥檙e here. 

Membership in the UAA Honors College allows you to creatively craft and personalize your journey at UAA. It will also help you to make sure your impact counts for credit. Have you been involved in student clubs at UAA, and found yourself in a leadership role? Do you want to study abroad and immerse yourself in other cultures? What about conducting research with a faculty member or performing an original creative work on stage? Are you already active in your communities by serving local, regional, or national organizations outside of school? If you work to help support yourself through college, your professional experiences may also contribute to completing Honors. Come learn how your experiences can earn you an Honors Scholar designation upon completing your degree at UAA.

UAA students, whether in an Associate鈥檚 or a Bachelor鈥檚 Degree Program, who have a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to apply. Once admitted, you have the opportunity to choose one of four tracks. Within your chosen track, you get personal mentorship from Honors faculty members as you discover how your passions, goals, and needs can help you thrive and have an impact. The Honors College will challenge you to think deeply, to collaborate with others, and to pursue what excites and fascinates you. Prior to graduation, you will complete and present a portfolio that distinctly reflects your journey. Ultimately, your experiences as an Honors Scholar will help distinguish you as you enter the job market, work towards a new career, or seek postgraduate education.

The University Honors College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council. It also serves as the home of Major Scholarships.  


Choose your Pathway





Honors Housing Scholarship Available!

UAA is pleased to offer students in the University Honors College a $1,500 per year housing scholarship. The Academic Honors Housing Scholarship is open to students in the University Honors College and recipients of the UA Scholars award. The Academic Honors Housing Scholarship is applied each fall and spring semester as a $750 discount off the cost of housing and food. The scholarship will be automatically applied; no additional application is needed!

For additional details, visit our UHC News and Events page at the top.

Applications Open for the McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program has opened applications and is holding information sessions! The program is geared towards upper-division students, but lower-division students are also encouraged to take a look at the program's offerings if they are interested. All majors can apply.

Visit the McNair Scholars Program Information webpage for more information, or reach out to Sunny Mall ( with your questions or to make an appointment.


Contact the Honors College

Honors College Administration:

  • Ray Ball, Ph.D. - Dean of the Honors College
    Phone: 907.786.4978
  • Martha Amore, Ph.D. - Honors Academic Board Chair
  • Joseph Bruner, M.A. - Director of Student Success Initiatives, Strategy & Assessment
    Phone: 907.786.1473
  • Valerie Robideaux, M.Div. - Honors Advisor
    Phone: 907.786.0345