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Discipline Scholars Programs

The Honors College is partnering with other colleges and schools at ECU to continue growing exclusive scholarship programs available to high-achieving students. If you are interested in majoring in business, humanities, music, or social science the Discipline Scholars Programs within the Honors College are worth exploring. The Honors College features Discipline Scholars Programs with our nationally recognized College of Business, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Music.

Under these programs, selected students will receive additional scholarship support above and beyond the scholarship and benefits awarded by the Honors College and/or EC Scholars Program, as well as special leadership, community engagement, and mentorship experiences.

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Graduate Priority Admission

At the discretion of Individual graduate programs, priority admissions strategies may be developed for Honors College students. Toward the end of their freshman, sophomore, or junior years, Honors College students may be invited to apply for priority admission to graduate programs at ECU at the master’s level. Upon application to a specific graduate program, graduate program directors will review and consider them for priority admission based on the student’s desired semester of graduate enrollment.

For students who receive an offer of a full-time graduate assistantship, the Graduate School will earmark and hold in reserve a Graduate Scholar Award for the student in the amount of $4,000 per year for a total of two years of study.  The student’s admission request would indicate the proposed date for starting the graduate program and identify the individual graduate program for admission. 

The Graduate School will approve a waiver of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or other standardized admission exam for honors students who apply for priority admission to master’s degree programs.  Students accepted for priority admission must maintain good standing in the Honors College with a GPA 3.3 (Honors College student) and must graduate in good standing in the Honors College. 

Benefits of Priority Admission: Graduate program directors and faculty will work with honors students to help them identify scholarly research/creative activity projects and themes to deliver research training that will help the students get a head start on research that may apply to their master’s degree.