GET TO KNOW THE W.A. FRANKE HONORS COLLEGE
Participate in undergraduate research and creative inquiry, join the club, have an impact, and gain professional development experience. You're a Franke Honors Wildcat.
Franke Honors Advisors
These are the people who are best positioned to make sure you're set up for success during your time in the Franke Honors College. They can answer your questions about courses and credits and ensure you have access to opportunities.
Research and Creative Inquiry
No matter your degree path, you can go beyond the traditional classroom experience. Be curious. Be innovative. Make choices and evaluate outcomes. Not only is that a gratifying experience in itself, but it looks amazing on grad school and job applications.
As a Franke Honors student, you can participate in unique minors, certificates, and degrees. These are designed to compliment coursework in your chosen major, deepen your educational experience, and prepare you for a successful postgrad experience.
Customize your Academic Experience
Your Franke Honors advisor will guide you through this, but it's important to familiarize yourself with the many different ways to earn honors units—from individual study courses to honors contracts and study abroad. Have the experience you want and stay on track with your graduation goals.
HNRS courses are usually interdisciplinary or experiential in nature. Many count toward general education requirements. Honors sections of courses allow you to earn honors units for courses that you take in your degree path.
The Honors Thesis
The Honors Thesis is the culmination of the Honors experience. It can take many forms—your imagination and passion are the limit. While it's a large project, it doesn't have to be an overwhelming one. Check out the Thesis Guidebook for a timeline and helpful info to keep you on track, starting your first year.
PATH Mentorship Program
The Partnerships Through Honors peer-to-peer mentorship program benefits both mentees and mentors and will help you get the most out of your Franke Honors experience.
Franke Honors Ambassadors, Honors Student Council, and Honors Service club are fantastic ways to connect with other Franke Honors students, have fun, and build skills during you undergraduate career.
Each year, a group of students and faculty select the Common Reading Book. This is a book all Franke Honors students are encouraged to read and discuss throughout the year, with a culminating event in the spring.
Expand you horizons, literally, with an Honors study abroad experience. There are several opportunities to earn Honors units while exploring another part of the globe, ranging from 5-week summer experiences to full semesters with the Honors Semester Global Experience Policy.
Black Excellence Scholars
The Black Excellence Scholars program centers the experiences of Black and African American students and integrates culturally responsive, culturally conscious pedagogy.
In alignment with academic programming that creates opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and make real impact, the Franke Honors College offers multiple ways to get involved with service to the community.
Fund Your Dreams
Scholarships & Grants
There are SO many scholarships available to Franke Honors students—from stipends to cover housing or conference fees to awards based on field of study. If you have questions about internal scholarships, reach out to Angie Valdez, Assistant Director of Internal Scholarships.
Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships
Housed in the Franke Honors College, but available to all students, the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (ONCS) is here to help you fund your dreams during undergrad and beyond. If you have questions about nationally competitive scholarships, contact Valeria Quijada, Assistant Director, Nationally Competitive Scholarships.
Fund Your Research
The Franke Honors College is constantly looking for ways to better support students through undergraduate research opportunities. Part of that support comes in the form of funding. If you have questions about funding your research, contact Tori Nardinelli, Assistant Director of Research, Creative Expression and Professional Initiatives.
Set Yourself Up for Success
Create an Email Signature
Add a level of professionalism to your communications by setting up an email signature for your CatMail. Taking a few minutes to do this now will save you a lot of time down the line, and including details like your student id will help faculty and staff find your student record and address your questions and concerns efficiently.
Here's an example (You can copy/paste, just make sure you change the details to your info!):
Class of 2026
W.A. Franke Honors College
The University of Arizona
Student ID: 12345678
Franke Honors Resume Guide
This guide provides some information and links to great resources that will help you as you apply for jobs, internships, and more!
Bookmark these Pages
Check Your Email
The Franke Honors College sends a brief email every Sunday afternoon during fall and spring semester to keep you in the know on upcoming events and opportunities. Once a month we do a deeper-dive monthly forecast.
Get to Know the Honors Village
Whether or not you live in the Honors Village, it is a space for you to study, eat, relax, and connect with other Franke Honors Wildcats.
Beyond Franke Honors
The University of Arizona has a wealth of resources available to all students.
Your Franke Honors Advisor is a great person to talk to about Franke Honors requirements, how to get more involved in the Franke Honors community, understanding your general education requirements, and learning more about campus resources. For major-specific questions, we recommend reaching out to your assigned major advisor.
- Complete your Honors unit requirement (Check your Advisement Report to learn more)
- Earn and maintain a cumulative 3.4 GPA
- Complete your Honors Thesis
Check your Advisement Report on UAccess and then contact your Franke Honors Advisor with any questions!
Contact your Franke Honors Advisor. We are here to help!
No. You just need to earn a 3.4 GPA by the time you graduate. If your GPA falls below that prior to your senior year, your Franke Honors Advisor may reach out to inquire about your situation and offer support, but you will not be removed from Franke Honors.
- No. Students only need to complete one thesis project. Whichever field of study you complete your thesis in will be the subject in which you graduate with Honors. For example, a student who completes a thesis through their major department of Engineering would graduate with Honors in Engineering.
- However, students do have the option of completing multiple theses. Talk with your Franke Honors Advisor to learn more!
- We have several student organizations to explore, including Honors Student Council, the Franke Honors Ambassadors, PATH Mentoring, and more.
- Attend Franke Honors events! Stay up to date about upcoming events through our Calendar.
Our Values in Practice
The W.A. Franke Honors College has committed to the below values and is constantly working to better live up to them. Learn more about the college's mission and history, view the Strategic Map, and read the full values statements here.
We take an interdisciplinary approach to making meaning through our work. Our scientific studies inform our creative writing, and our passion for art history impacts the way we solve engineering challenges. Our greatest aha moments come when we connect with new people, perspectives, and ways of thinking.
Our work requires evolving alongside new technologies, environmental conditions, and socioeconomic realities. These complex challenges require bold thinking and big solutions. If we hold back for fear of failure, we cannot succeed. Sometimes our efforts will miss the mark; we learn and move forward.
TOGETHER, WE ARE FRANKE HONORS WILDCATS
Sharing knowledge, perspectives, and experiences allows us to examine issues holistically. We commit to intentional efforts to ensure differences are welcomed and every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We remember that our differences don’t hinder us, they give us boundless potential, and we value each other for the different perspectives we bring.