W. Franklin Evans Honors College

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Maybe you'll read and analyze George Orwell's Animal Farm from a historic, psychological and literary perspective; then share your ideas with other students. Or perhaps you'll attend a Voorhees College blue-carpet event or engage in scholarly discussion about current events.

Those opportunities, and more, will come your way as part of the W. Franklin Evans Honors College, where the best and brightest come for challenges that will test their intellect in ways they've never before imagined.

Through the Honors College, you'll visit theaters and museums and attend formal dinners just like the ones you'll attend during your professional career. You'll conduct research that will be presented as part of a compendium of Honors College works. You'll participate in forums and have the privilege of taking special honors classes that offer more depth than regular course offerings.

Some components of the program will be for credit. But even the aspects that aren't will be to your credit and an investment in your intellectual growth. Membership in the W. Franklin Evans Honors College guarantees that during your matriculation as an Honors Scholar, you will be provided enhanced intellectual, cultural, social, spiritual, and career development opportunities that will lead to your acceptance into the finest graduate/professional schools and placement in the most lucrative employment ranks in your field.

Objectives

The W. Franklin Evans Honors College is designed to attract, recognize, reward, and advance academic excellence by providing additional or expanded opportunities for the ablest and most motivated students in the college.

Eligibility

Voorhees College selects students on the basis of their outstanding scholastic abilities which include their SAT or ACT scores, cumulative grade point averages, and leadership qualities.

Eligible students at Voorhees may apply for admission to the W. Franklin Evans Honors College. The College invites eligible students to apply, however, students may apply on their own initiative during their freshman or sophomore year but no later than the first semester of their junior year. The W. Franklin Evans Honors College may invite eligible students for an interview. Within ten days following the interview, the Honors College informs the applicants in writing of the decision to admit or not to admit them.

Any student who is a Presidential or Dean’s Scholar may apply for membership during his or her first semester. However, the student will not be eligible for membership until he or she has completed a minimum of 15 hours toward graduation and acquired a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above.

All other enrolled students who have completed at least 15 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0) scale may also apply. For additional information, interested students should contact the Coordinator of the W. Franklin Evans Honors College.

Approval Process

After reviewing applicants’ credentials, the Honors Council invites eligible students for interviews. Within 10 days following the interview, the Honors Council informs applicants in writing whether they were approved for admission. 

Membership Obligations

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25. If the GPA falls below 3.25, the student will be placed on probation for one semester.
  • Engage actively in the programs and activities of the W. Franklin Evans Honors College
  • Demonstrate a commitment and capacity for scholarly pursuits.
  • Show evidence of application to graduate or professional school during the senior year.

Probationary Criteria

If an honors scholar’s grade point average grade falls below the 3.25 requirement, he or she must achieve the minimum 3.25 GPA, over the course of the following semester. He or she will then resume membership in good standing. If not, membership in the W. Franklin Evans Honors College will be terminated. The student may submit to the W. Franklin Evans Honors College Coordinator a letter of appeal regarding the termination if he or she wishes.

Policy on Participating in Career and Cultural Study Events

To ensure that Scholars of the W. Franklin Evans Honors College engage in significant experiential learning opportunities, domestic and international career and cultural study events will be planned in concert by the Honors Coordinator, Honors Student Association (HSA) Executive Council, and the Provost. Honors Scholars who are selected for career and cultural study events must be in good standing with the Honors College and have demonstrated a strong record of active participation in Honors College events.

Graduation and Commencement

Graduation is a momentous occasion in the life of a Scholar. In addition to the achieving the requirements for graduation from Voorhees College, graduates of the W. Franklin Evans Honors College must also complete:

  • 24 Hours in Honors Credits (May be obtained through Honors Contracts)
  • Application to two (2) Graduate or Professional Programs
  • Completion of Graduate or Professional Entrance Examination (GRE, MCAT, LSAT, etc.) or Application for Employment related to the major
  • Two scholarly presentations or intercollegiate participation at Conference
  • 120 Hours of Experiential Learning

Contact the Honors College

For more information about the W. Franklin Evans Honors College, contact Ms. Karen Countz, Honors College coordinator.

The Honors Program Office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mailing Address: 
W. Franklin Evans Honors College
Voorhees College
P.O. Box 678
Denmark, SC 29042


Campus Address: 
Room 104, Booker T. Washington Hall
481 Porter Drive
Denmark, SC 29042


Phone: 803-780-1181
Email: w.franklinevanshonorscollege@voorhees.edu