Dean Barry Falk

The three most important words to describe the Honors experience are, in my opinion, “community, community, community.” The community of Honors students is a supportive, respectful, diverse and inclusive community in which students work collaboratively to help one another succeed and begin to change the world! This sense of community, along with close and personalized engagement with Honors advisors, faculty, staff and alumni, combine to give VCU’s Honors College the feel and benefits of a small liberal arts college within the context of a premier large, urban, research university.  

There is no major that will not “work” with Honors. Nor is there any part of a “normal” college experience a student has to give up to succeed in the Honors College. Our students are engaged and serve as leaders in every aspect of student life. They are active in the Richmond community, which we consider to be an extension of our campus.

There is no major that will not “work” with Honors.

The Honors College experience at VCU provides students with unique opportunities to develop the skills they need to become the leaders who will solve tomorrow’s problems. These skills are developed partly through learning in the classroom, where Honors students are taught in small, discussion-oriented classes by outstanding faculty. They are also developed outside the classroom, where learning is made relevant and immediate through innovative programs engaging students in research, study abroad, civic engagement and creative endeavors. Our students don’t just “make it real,” they make a difference!

I invite you to explore our website and see how VCU’s Honors College is (a) Defining Experience.


Barry Falk, Ph.D.