Honors Academy


The Park University Honors Academy with Honors Plus One features faculty highly motivated to work with you, the academically exceptional student.


The mission of the Honors Academy at Park University is to empower qualified students to apply critical thought in an exploration of academic excellence, service, and leadership, with a goal of employing those three essential elements as tools to help shape their local and global communities.


  • Small classes devoted to reading, discussion, research skills, project completion, and service
  • Emphasis on analytical and critical thinking skills in a rigorous academic environment.
  • Design of your own research project
  • Assistance in application for fellowships and graduate schools
  • Assistance in competition for prestigious scholarships, including Rhodes, Fulbright, and Truman
  • Financial support for study-abroad programs for qualified students
  • Internships
  • Service Learning
  • Connection with community, both on and off campus


Regardless of your academic major, the Honors Academy will help you reach your life goals.

To that end, as early as the end of the sophomore year, you will be encouraged to select a Plus One Focus area. Following that selection, Academy Faculty Fellows and the Academy director will work with you on initiatives intentionally designed to support you to reach career and/or graduate study goals.


Scholarly Activity – students pursue conference presentations of their research; pursue publication of their scholarship; apply for and complete research opportunities on other campuses; assist the HA coordinator to plan and present the Annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium; learn about grants funding for scholarship and pursue at least one grant; assist FF in pursuing grant funding when feasible; complete study abroad that relates to their academic focus

Service and Applied Learning – students focus on service learning or additional applied learning throughout HA involvement; serve as mentors for freshmen and sophomore Honors students; assist the HA coordinator to plan applied learning HA activities; complete study abroad that relates to their service focus

Leadership– students work with the entities like Park’s Hauptmann School to develop leadership; participate in leadership and service student groups on campus and at the national level; apply for positions such as First Year Experience Mentor and Honors Living and Learn Community Mentor; pursue internships with state and national representatives; obtain the Leadership minor, if desired; complete study abroad that relates to their leadership focus.



We understand the importance of conserving resources, such as tuition costs and your time spent in the classroom. Therefore, during the first three semesters you complete courses that are graduation requirements for all students, with an enhanced nature. Students who enter as freshmen enroll during semesters 1-2 in LE 100 and EN106 for Honors. In semester 3, students enroll in an LE course that offers the option of an additional one-hour credit honors project. For student beginning as freshmen, all Honors credits beyond the freshman year are covered by an Honors tuition scholarship.


During semester 4, students enroll in an Honors course that prepares them for undergraduate research and design of an independent research project proposal. During semesters 5-7, students pursue supervised research or creative activity in a self-designed project working with a faculty mentor that promotes independent study. In completing the project, students develop intellectual relationships with mentors while sharing project results with student and faculty audiences. Finally Honors Capstone offers those not requiring a third semester to work on their project the opportunity to share their research with their peers as they seek to answer an Enduring Question that provokes lively debate and interaction.

The Park University Honors Academy with Honors Plus One seeks students who desire to learn not only for self-satisfaction, but also as a means through which they may contribute to their campus, city, national, and global communities in support of the University and Academy mission statements. The Academy also acknowledges that often the most creative learning opportunities for students lie in the intersections between seemingly diverse academic disciplines. For this reason, the Academy encourages interdisciplinary work.


High School Seniors interested in the Academy should apply in the fall for Park University’s distinguished academic scholarships. Contact Admissions at (816) 746-2533 for more information regarding scholarship application.

Qualified transfer students and present Parkville campus center students are encouraged to contact the Academy director to discuss possible membership and completion of the research project. Academy courses are open to enrollment by qualified non-Academy member students with prior permission of the Director of the Academy. Please contact Dr. Patricia E. Ryberg or 816-584-6882 for more information.

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.