History of the Honors College

1992 – APU launches an honors program under the guidance of Carole Lambert, Ph.D., to provide select students with a curriculum of greater depth, intensity, and intellectual rigor

1995 – Mel Shoemaker, Ph.D., is named the new director of the Honors Program

1996 – The first class of Honors Scholars graduates

2001 – APU presents students with the opportunity to take honors courses away from campus through the Oxford and High Sierra programs

2005 – Vicky Bowden, Ph.D., takes the helm of the thriving Honors Program

2012 – President Jon Wallace, DBA, and Provost Mark Stanton, Ph.D., announce plans to grow the Honors Program into a full-fledged Honors College

2013 – David Weeks, Ph.D., is named dean of the new Honors College

2014 – The first class of freshmen in the new Honors College arrive on campus

2018 – The first class of Honors Scholars graduate with an honors humanities major

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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