Future Honors Students

What is Honors?

The HTC Honors Program at Coastal Carolina University is a community of students and faculty who share an intellectual curiosity and a motivation to go beyond the normal curriculum. As an Honors student, you will experience smaller courses and high levels of faculty-student interaction that you expect to find at a smaller college combined with the opportunities and resources available at a large university. The Honors courses you take will be interdisciplinary and emphasize collaborative learning. The HTC Scholars Program will provide you with support for honors research and for study abroad. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, you will complete an Honors Thesis/Project/Portfolio, either in your major or in a subject of your choosing. The Honors College will be your home as you grow intellectually, seek challenges, cultivate collaborative opportunities, break boundaries, and expand your possibilities.

Why Honors?

Honors students are eligible for a variety of benefits, including:

  • Early registration for courses
  • A dedicated Honors 1st year residence hall
  • Small seminar Honors-only core curriculum classes
  • Interdisciplinary Honors upper level seminars
  • HTC Scholars funding for
    • Honors projects and research
    • Travel to conferences to present
    • Study abroad stipends
  • Honors social and cultural events
  • Dedicated Honors advising
  • Athenaeum scholarship (Available to first-time first-year CCU students. A limited number of scholarships are available for continuing students)

Application Information

We are happy to accept applications from first-time college applicants, transfer students, and current Coastal students! For complete information and application procedures, please check out the Application Process page.


Honors students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of honors coursework, including certain Honors-student-only courses and a Thesis project. A 3.5 GPA is required at graduation. A detailed explanation and a suggested Honors course schedule are available on the Honors Requirements page.