Pioneering, Innovating & Engaging MSU Honors College celebrates 60th anniversary

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Reportedly made from the beautiful clay of the Red Cedar River, Eustace-Cole Hall houses the MSU Honors College. Established in 1956, the Honors College is one of the oldest honors programs in public universities in the country and has been serving students for 60 years.

The Honors College prides itself on its ability with to provide students small, rigorous classes that encourage student-professor interaction. In addition, many of its students begin research projects during their undergraduate programs and develop close relationships with experts in the field.

There are currently about 3,000 students enrolled in the MSU Honors College — about 8 percent of the undergraduate population — that participate in programs such as Honors Research Seminars, the Professorial Assistantship program, the Academic Scholars Program and the national-championship-winning Debate Team. There is a plethora of options for MSU Honors College students to expand their academic experiences, which can lead to success after graduation.

Ninety-seven percent of those graduating from the Honors College find work or place into graduate school immediately after graduation. The impressive rate of career placement, undergraduate research opportunities and the diversity of programs continues to attract students. In 2016, the MSU Honors College had the largest incoming class in its history.

In 2007, the MSU Honors College welcomed Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore as its first female and first African American dean. A former University of Delaware honors student, Jackson-Elmoore now works with faculty, staff and students to construct a program that fosters a collaborative atmosphere and ensures academic integrity within the college.

“The several student organizations associated with the college provide students with an opportunity for leadership … [and] develop a small, close-knit community,” Jackson-Elmoore said.

She emphasized the flexibility honors students have with scheduling and acknowledged that alumni describe this flexibility as a “notable difference.”

Jackson-Elmoore also pointed to the MSU Honors College as one of the most impressive in the country.