Lewis Honors College, University of Kentucky


The mission of the Lewis Honors College is to better the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the world by helping students to explore their purpose, develop intellectually, and lead with integrity.



The University of Kentucky Lewis Honors College provides an alternative course of instruction for outstanding, highly motivated students from all programs of study. Honors students are diverse, innovative, intellectually engaged, and interested in creative thought. UK Honors students are expected to be citizens of their country and their world, and to explore their purpose, develop intellectually, and lead with integrity.

T.W. Lewis Foundation Support

T.W. Lewis Foundation partnered with the University of Kentucky to launch Lewis Honors College, with foundation funds supporting a new facility, dedicated faculty including endowed faculty positions in organizational behavior and entrepreneurship, and a distinguished speaker series. Dean Christian Brady joined UK in July 2017, and Lewis Hall opened in Fall 2017 as the only public university honors college in the nation to offer students residential space, academic and career counseling, classrooms, faculty offices, and common areas for study, social space, and special events all under one roof. In collaboration with Tom Lewis, the University established the Lewis Honors College Center for Personal Development, a distinctive program offering holistic services designed to support students in discovering their purpose and prepare them for full lives utilizing their unique strengths and capabilities.

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"Being in honors is a little more work than a minor, but it's like getting a minor in something that you might not be able to experience otherwise. Through honors, I took a class taught by Kay Woods that looked at how plays incorporate science and history. It introduced me to an instructor who ended up being one of my favorites at UK and exposed me to something I wouldn't have learned in computer science or biotechnology." -Connor VanMeter, 2018 Honors graduate

"It was so beneficial to be able to live and work and study around students that were in my classes and who valued education as much as I did." -Abby Gannon, Honors College junior