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The Honors College continues to lead the way in elevating the university profile. With a commitment to recruiting the university profile. With a commitment to recruiting outstanding students to PNW, the college plays a significant role in helping he university increase its retention and graduation rates. Success is dependent on offering our students unique programming opportunities that will contribute to their growth and also to the robust Honors community.
Peer MentoringRecognized by students as having a significant impact on their college success, the peer mentoring program connects current Honors College students with incoming freshmen months before they arrive at the university. Doing so paves the way for their entrance to PNW by providing orientation updates and being accessible as new friends and colleagues.
Freshmen then continue to be in regular contact with their peer mentors throughout their first semester, gleaning insights about everything from The Career Center to undergraduate research and from time management to campus employment opportunities. Developed over the years by student leaders, the peer mentoring program provides a reliable network of knowledgeable friends and role models.
The Honors College Living and Learning Community, on the third floor of Griffin Hall on the Hammond Campus, allows students to room with their Honors friends and classmates while taking advantage of special programming. New students are welcomed to the Living and Learning Community with a special but informal dinner, which includes being sorted into one of four houses, Hogwarts style.
The Honors College works with the Athletics Department to recruit PNW academically strong students who wish to continue their athletic prowess. As Purdue University Northwest moves to NCAA Division II and competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, greater numbers of scholar athletes join the Honors community. They aim to achieve success at a high level, both in the classroom and in their sport of choice, while also being able to participate in student organizations, fine arts, and other activities across campus.
Upper class students in Honors may apply to be teaching assistants (TAs) and work with new students in introductory courses. This kind of opportunity is typically reserved only for graduate students, but the Honors College has developed a TA program that benefits all parties. The students in these classes, being new, benefit from having both fellow students and professors as resources to whom they can turn for information and guidance. The TAs, meanwhile, garner valuable experience developing course lessons, leading class sessions, and tutoring freshmen students.