Student Life Overview
Living in the Honors Community
The Honors Community: Live, Learn, Eat, Study, Play
Because we are a small neighborhood on the LSU campus, Honors College students live, learn, eat, study, and play together. They live in the Honors House, where they can walk to the French House, the 459 Dining Hall, the Rec, or the Library--and all the major academic buildings on campus.
They can also walk down to the lobby of the Honors House, or the Grand Salon of the French House, where on any given night they might hear a Faculty Friend presentation about coastal erosion or volcanoes. Or they might hear community leaders talk about their careers in medicine, the law, or the arts. Or they might have a discussion with Rosanna Warren, Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets. Or gather with their peers to study physics, chemistry, or biology, or prepare for an Honors 2000 exam. Or hear Zach Godshall, a former Honors College student, talk about his award-winning film, Low and Behold. Or listen to Emily Elliott, another former Honors College student, talk about her research as an LSU psychology professor. Or eat with a group of their friends before going to the Reilly Theater to see a play about the Black Death in medieval England or a revival of the 60's musical Hair. In fact, there's no telling what they might hear or see or eat because there's always something going on.
The idea of the Honors House is based on a model established by Oxford and Cambridge Universities more than 700 years ago, where students live together and take part in educational and social programming. We see it as a way to connect what goes on in the classroom with what happens outside, as a way for students to find meaningful experiences that enhance their academic learning and life goals. They meet faculty members who will serve as research mentors; they meet community leaders and professionals who will share their career experiences and advice; they meet peers who share the same goals and passions, and they meet Honors College staff members who can talk to them about community service, study abroad, fellowships and scholarships, career planning, and their senior thesis. We work hard to create a vibrant community for our students, and it all starts with the Honors House.