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Honors Student Experience

Honors students describe themselves as motivated, determined, and creative. They want to be challenged, to be heard, and to make a difference, whether that means starting a book club or trying a hand at molecular biology research. As a student in SDSU’s Fishback Honors College, you’ll find programs designed specifically with your interests in mind.

Honors Opportunities

Honors Hall Living-Learning Community

Honors Hall houses about 200 Honors students and is the hub of activity for the Fishback Honors College. The hall is home to the Honors College Dean’s Office and the Honors College classroom (where many Honors College courses are taught), as well as a library, conference room, basement family room, group study rooms, and floor lounges. Amenities in the hall include kitchens, fireplaces, flat screen televisions, a printing station, and a pool table.

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Honors students engage in the excitement of discovery through undergraduate research opportunities across campus and in the community. Some students conduct laboratory, field-based, library, design, or social science research. Others create original pieces of literature and art or study innovative new approaches to teaching, learning, and leadership. Students present their work locally, regionally, and nationally. Honors students can also apply for special funding to support their research experiences.


Honors students are not just about achieving excellence; they want to use their talents to serve others. Service learning opportunities are incorporated into many Honors courses, and students are involved in service at the co-curricular level as well. Recent service projects have included volunteering at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Brookings Harvest Table, and the Humane Society. Honors students also contribute to university-wide service efforts, such as Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay for Life and State-a-Thon.

Leadership Development

The Honors College strives to develop its students not only as scholars, but also as leaders. There are opportunities for Honors students to serve as Community Assistants in Honors Hall, become members of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and run for executive positions within the Honors College Student Organization. Honors students are also active leaders across campus in student government, Greek Life, Division I athletics, major-specific clubs, music groups, performing arts, faith-based organizations, and more.

Regional and National Honors Involvement

Fishback Honors College students and faculty are activity engaged in Honors education at the regional and national levels. Students and faculty travel to and present at meetings of the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Council (UMHC) and National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) each year.