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Mission and Guiding Principles

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The purpose of the Honors College is to offer students a liberal arts education of the highest intellectual and scholarly standard. As a public institution, we open our doors to those seeking a challenging, yet affordable, learning experience equal to that of the most selective colleges and universities. Small class size, rigorous requirements, and an emphasis on interdisciplinary study anchor a community of dedicated faculty and a talented, diverse student body. We value our special responsibility of public service, and recognize that this responsibility extends not only to the people of Florida but also to the nation, the global community, and the natural environment.

Guiding Principles

  • To offer a liberal arts education of the highest quality
  • To attract outstanding students from a wide array of backgrounds
  • To build a dedicated and diverse faculty recognized for its excellence in teaching and research
  • To link teaching, research, and service in order to convey, expand, and apply knowledge
  • To promote breadth of knowledge, encourage depth of understanding, and bridge disciplinary divides
  • To respect differences and recognize their educational value
  • To cultivate critical thinking in the classroom and beyond
  • To introduce students to the challenge of original research and discovery
  • To produce global citizens through international, area, and environmental studies
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