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“I love the honors program because it provides you with a great opportunity to start building your leadership skills as soon as you start your collegiate career. I also love the tight knit commuity it builds with your peers, young honors students, and alumni. Another benefit of the program are the scholarships you're able to receive, these definitely ease the financial burden which goes along with attending such a great institution.”

Lindsey Morrow | Streamwood, IL
Accountancy; May 2012

Honors & Scholarships

Hey, hotshot. You know you're a high achiever.

You should check out our Honors Program to make the most of that energy, optimism, and enthusiasm. Basically, it’s two-pronged: the James Scholars program is the campus’ oldest and most distinguished; the College of Business Honors program is an exclusive leadership initiative in which honors students use leadership skills to create opportunities for all business undergraduate to have an “honors” experience.

James Scholars

Got a reputation for outstanding, consistent academic excellence? Are you serious, persistent, and self-disciplined? Thought so—and it's high time you're recognized for it. The top 15% of admitted students will be invited to enter the College of Business as part of the James Scholars program, which expands your educational opportunities light years beyond the minimum requirements.

Named for one of ILLINOIS' distinguished presidents, Edmund P. James, the program honors students of extraordinary ability and achievement. All students admitted to the College of Business freshman class will be reviewed for James Scholars honors. You'll be evaluated based on high school academic achievement, standardized test scores, and an individual reading of your application by the College of Business. If you're invited, you'll be notified in March.

College of Business Honors Program

Do you visualize yourself as a leader? Picture leading your own company someday? Practice posing for your executive hall of fame photo in the mirror? (Okay, maybe not that). Between 35-40 incoming freshmen will receive invitations to join the College of Business Honors Program, a leadership program that provides students with special experiences that can be used to build skills that can be used to make the experience in the College of Business better for all students.

Along with academic achievement, we’re looking for leadership skills, social diversity, creativity, community service activities, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. You’re automatically considered for the Honors Program if you are admitted to the freshman class of the College of Business.

Scholarships

Get rewarded for all those activities and good grades you got in high school. Around 10% of the incoming freshman class will receive merit-based scholarships from the College of Business. All students who've been admitted are considered for scholarships based on the admissions application. Award winners will be notified in March. There is not a separate application for scholarships for incoming freshmen students.

Contact:
Rich Johnson, Assistant Dean for Honors Programs
1055 Business Instructional Facility
515 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: (217) 333-2740
Fax: (217) 244-9992
Email: richjohn@illinois.edu