Honors Community

The Honors Academy RLC is open to any incoming freshman residential student accepted into the Honors Academy. High school scholars must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and an ACT composite score of 25 or a SAT score of 1260. Park scholars already enrolled must have completed at least one semester at Park with a 3.75 cumulative GPA.

The Honors Academy RLC provides a supportive atmosphere for Academy participants to enhance a high level of academic achievement. Participants work closely with peers who share their insights and expertise on both their academic and residential living experiences. The Honors Academy RLC is steeped in a tradition of service learning, which is a vital part of the residential community’s experience.

The Honors Academy RLC includes the following:

  • Fall semester class: Freshman Honors Seminar (LE 100)
  • Spring semester class: Freshman Honors Writing Seminar (EN 106)
  • Classes in Copley Quad
  • Classes taught by Honors Academy Director Virginia Brackett
  • A residential atmosphere catering to the Academy’s needs
  • An Honors Residential Mentor
  • Tailored programming focusing on leadership, service learning and global issues
  • Special advising sessions


“Because members of the Honors Academy already support one another in their classes and complete service learning, seek internships and apply for scholarships, the opportunity for them to also interact through a living and learning community is exciting. The Honors Academy RLC will further enrich a student’s experiences at Park and help participants gain the confidence and personal skills that are essential for successful careers and post-graduate education.”

Virginia Brackett
Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director, Honors Academy

Virginia Brackett has been at Park University since 2006. In her first year she received a Missouri Campus Compact grant to support a new service-learning initiative for the Honors program, the first organized service-learning project at Park. In 2010 she received the Distinguished Humanities Faculty Award from Park and the Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award from Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, Kan., where she completed her master’s degree. In recognition of her advocacy of service learning through Honors program coursework, Brackett received the Missouri Campus Compact Community Engagement Professional of the Year Award in 2011.

Brackett serves as the Parkville campus representative for Campus Compact and for prestigious scholarship programs including the Truman and Udall Scholarships. She has published 14 books and more than 125 articles and stories for adults and young adults in mainstream and academic publications. In addition to her Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas, Brackett holds bachelor’s degrees in Business and Medical Technology.

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.