At the head of the class — and the world

Smart and motivated. That might just sum up this year’s freshman class of 1,835 students — ahem, a class that racked up an average ACT score of 23.9.

With so many high achievers, now is the perfect time to talk about UND’s enhanced Honors Program — a program that combines the love of learning with a desire to positively impact the world.

For the first time this fall, Honors students were able to choose between two unique tracks. Both include co-curricular activities, service projects, intellectual exploration and the rich experience of an active learning environment. And both include the chance to live with like-minded students in a close-knit Living & Learning Community.

So, you ask, what’s the difference? Answer: A customized, personal fit.

The Research Scholars track gives students a broad-based liberal arts education and stacks on opportunities to engage in research and creative activity. It works best for students who want to dig deeper into their field of study by providing specific coursework and mentoring to propel them toward graduate, medical or law school.

The Leaders in Action track starts with a strong liberal arts base but adds hands-on service learning so students can make valuable connections with University and community leaders active in areas such as politics, public service and entrepreneurship.

Either way, students can’t go wrong. The Honors Program nurtures the kind of critical thinking skills everyone wants in the working world.

You’ll want to share one more juicy tip with potential Honors students. After they’re admitted to UND, they’ll need to apply to the Honors Program by the Feb. 1 deadline. However, students who get cracking and complete everything by Dec. 1 will have the best chance to be considered for an Honors tuition waiver up to $4,000 ($1,000/year).