Honors College Freshmen Residence Hall - Harry Johns Hall

Honors College

The Central State University Honors College is a collaborative environment for exceptionally motivated and accomplished students. Your dedication to achieving excellence is the key qualification for becoming a valued member of the Honors College community.


The vision for the CSU Honors College is to be the premiere college for academic scholars whose graduates become outstanding servant-leaders in their communities and chosen careers.  


Our mission is to attract, retain, and graduate (with honors designations and distinctions) a diverse community of academic scholars by providing an inclusive environment, highly effective support services, career preparation, leadership, and mentorship opportunities to further student success in graduate school and/or in their chosen careers.


You are Marauder Gold: A Community of Tomorrow's Leaders 

Honors Advantage

  • Honors Scholarships
  • Live in an honors residence hall with other academically motivated honors students (optional)
  • Develop one-on-one mentoring relationships with professors by working on meaningful honors projects
  • Earn General Honors, Honors in the Major, University Honors and International Honors designations
  • Gain a competitive edge with employers, professional schools and graduate schools because of your Honors designations and involvement
  • Compete for the opportunity to be the University’s nominee for prestigious national and international awards
  • You also have the added benefit of working with the dedicated staff in the Honors College. We will guide you through your honors requirements and develop a plan to help you to be successful at Central State University and beyond.

What Honors Means to You

Presidential and Goldwater Scholar, Kayla Smith

The Honors College provides students an additional opportunity to create a foundation of academic excellence, mentorship, leadership, community service, and taking risks to make the world a better place.

Kayla Smith

Trustee Scholar, Barry Goldwater Scholar & Environmental Engineering Major

Presidential Scholar Jeremy Jackson

The Honors College means opportunities for excellence. Every student can find the path of excellence for themselves and we know that the Honors College is there to support and encourage us. 

Jeremy Jackson

Presidential Scholar, Strada Scholar, Student Honors Association President & Manufacturing Engineering Major

Presidential & Strada Scholar, Elaina Brooks

I love that the Honors College pushes each student to strive for the best!

Elaina Brooks

Presidential Scholar, Strada Scholar & Psychology Major