Knowledge changes you. You change the world.

From our Dean


Dean Shane Sharpe of Honors College


Thank you for your interest in The University of Alabama Honors College. Each year, we welcome the best and brightest students to our community of scholars. Our students are varied in their personal backgrounds, academic interests, and professional goals, but they have one thing in common: they have found a place to grow as individuals, develop as leaders, and contribute as engaged citizens.

We embrace four pillars of the educational experience in the Honors College which form the foundation of our academic and co-curricular programs: Innovative Scholarship, Advanced Research, Civic Engagement, and Cultural Interaction. We provide the access and opportunity our students need to develop personally and professionally and to make a difference in the world around them, while at The University of Alabama and for years to come.

It is an honor to serve these students along with the dedicated faculty and staff who support an environment of community collaboration and academic excellence. Please take some time to explore our website and learn more about the breadth of our students’ and faculty’s interests and accomplishments.  I’m confident that you will be as impressed as I am.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in learning more about the Honors College. If you are a student and The University of Alabama and the Honors College may be in your future, I hope that you will schedule your visit to campus or set up a meeting with our recruitment team to find out if Honors College is right for you. If you are among our alumni and friends, we look forward to sharing our story through this web site, and we hope that you will stop by when you are on campus.

As a member of The University of Alabama Honors College,

I believe education is a privilege. I believe in my fellow students—all of them.
So I treat our community of scholars with dignity and respect.
I listen to them. I learn from them.
I engage in collaborative discussions, trusting they will do the same.
I believe new opportunities make me better.
I embrace change. I remain curious. I am hopeful.
I believe giving back does not start after graduation.
I believe it begins now, and should happen every day after.
I believe knowledge can change us.
I believe we can change the world.