North Carolina Honors Association

Why Honors?

Honors education ignites passion for lifelong learning and encourages student creativity, collaboration, and leadership in the classroom and beyond.

It is characterized by in-class and extracurricular activities that are measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than comparable learning experiences typically found at institutions of higher education. Honors curriculum serves as a laboratory for inventive and experiential education that can be implemented in the traditional classroom. Honors experiences include a distinctive learner-directed environment and philosophy, provide opportunities that are appropriately tailored to fit the institution’s culture and mission, and frequently occur within a close community of students and faculty.

NCHA Membership

Membership IconAll North Carolina Honors Colleges and Programs are welcome to join NCHA.
NCHA dues are $25.00 per year per institution. Current dues-paying member institutions can register for the conference at a reduced rate for all faculty and students attending. Note:  dues are separate from conference registration.

NCHA now offers PayPal!

Many Honors Programs and Colleges have asked for the convenience of paying dues by credit card. Dues paid via PayPal are $25.00 plus an additional $3.00 fee to cover processing costs. You may pay your $28.00 directly to NCHA via PayPal here. Please be sure to note the name of the member institution are paying dues for in the comments of your payment in PayPal.

NCHA still allows dues to be paid via check. Dues paid by check remain $25.00.

Please send your check (payable to NCHA) to:

c/o Kate Bruce, Treasurer
PO Box 537
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Contact Dr. Kate Bruce ( at UNCW for more details about joining or paying annual dues.

Annual Conference

The 2024 Conference hosted by Western Carolina University is scheduled for September 20-21, 2024 with the conference theme of  “Here and Now: The Power of Place.” More information regarding registration and the call for papers will be available soon.

Future Conference Hosts:

2025: To Be Announced


Constitution and Executive Board

Constitution of the North Carolina Honors Association

North Carolina Honors Association Constitution and Bylaws approved 9.25.21

Executive Board Members for 2023-2024:



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