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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Honors College

John Martinson Honors College

Welcome to the John Martinson Honors College

An honors-enhanced education is all about mind-expanding opportunities, innovation, and challenge. You’ve chosen to explore new horizons in learning and transformative education as a member of Purdue’s Honors College. You will have many opportunities open to you, including pursuing research, studying abroad, enjoying distinctive classroom experiences with adventurous interdisciplinary formats, and learning from each other and our world-class faculty. Being part of Purdue’s only residential college is also about becoming a member of a community of scholars and exploring ways to connect to our community to others through engaged service. We’re delighted that you’ve decided to embark on this journey, and together we will forge the future!

- Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D.
Dean, John Martinson Honors College, Purdue University

View the Dean’s biography


Community of Scholars

Purdue University’s John Martinson Honors College fosters collaborative learning, promotes individual research and community engagement, and prepares students for a global world. We encourage you to participate actively in this community, both inside and out of the classroom.


Our mission is to create and foster well-rounded, well-educated global leaders. We work to create student leaders on campus who impact society from their very first semester. The four pillars, our primary tenets, come together to help us accomplish this mission. They are: leadership development, undergraduate research, community and global experiences, and interdisciplinary academics.

Leadership Development

  • Opportunities and Experiences - Numerous opportunities and experiences exist for students to develop leadership skills crucial for academic and professional success.
  • Student Organizations - Our student-driven organizations provide opportunities to make a difference in the Honors College, the campus, surrounding communities, and beyond.
  • Interdisciplinary Teamwork - Living and learning in an interdisciplinary environment fosters increased involvement and helps develop problem-solving skills.
  • Student Mentorship - Peer mentors help in facilitating the first-year course and lead groups of students working on projects.

Undergraduate Research

  • Undergraduate Research - Undergraduate research is a built-in component of honors learning, broadening each student’s understanding of global issues.
  • World-class Faculty - Honors students have the opportunity to work with the top instructors on campus, most of whom are award-winning professors.
  • Scholarly Project - The scholarly project involves students in the creation of new knowledge.
  • Interdisciplinary Breadth - Interdisciplinary seminars help students understand the many complexities and issues crossing disciplines.

Community and Global Experiences

  • Global Experience - Students engage with visiting scholars and international classmates from across the world, creating intercultural bonds of friendship.
  • Collaboration - Hailing from diverse geographical and educational backgrounds, honors students practice the collaborative skills and approaches for addressing issues in the global economy.
  • Faculty Engagement - Our faculty is engaged with the students both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Honors Activities - Honors College activities provide ways to forge friendships within the community as well as to develop a culture of giving and engagement.

Interdisciplinary Academics

  • Interdisciplinary Thinking - Honors courses are comprised of students from all disciplines from across the university, allowing for open dialogue and collaboration.
  • Lateral Learning - Through discussion-based honors courses, students learn from one another daily.
  • National and International Scholarships Office (NISO) - The professionals at NISO mentor students through the application process for prestigious scholarships.
  • Global Learning - Students are exposed to a variety of global travel opportunities that lead to academic and personal growth.


Contact Information

To learn more, schedule a campus visit, or meet with a current Honors College student, please contact the John Martinson Honors College main office at 765-494-2929.

Purdue University John Martinson Honors College

Honors College & Residences
1101 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone: (765) 494-2929