Welcome to the Coppin State University Honors College. I invite you to explore our website and visit our campus in person to learn more about the rich traditions and educational experiences that make the honors experience at Coppin unique.
Established in fall 1990, The Honors College today is a thriving, student-centered, international unit comprised of two distinct programs: Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement and Honors. The McNair Program prepares junior undergraduates for doctoral study. These students participate in graduate-school visits; travel to research conferences; participate in workshops on fellowships, graduate assistantships, and other forms of financial support available to graduate students; attend a speakers’ series featuring successful role models who have earned terminal degrees; receive assistance in preparing for various graduate-school admission tests; etc. To date, nearly 100 McNair Scholars have earned masters degrees and seven have been awarded doctorates, the doctorates completed at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign - 2), Harvard University, Howard University, Duke University, Lehigh University, and The Pennsylvania State University. Thirteen Coppin students are currently enrolled in doctoral programs at some of this nation’s leading research universities.
The Honors Program attracts a talented pool of national and international students who are committed to community service and to achieving academic excellence in their fields. In an effort to help Coppin graduates garner maximal advancement flexibility in their professions, honors staff encourage students to enter a graduate degree program immediately upon graduating from the University. Junior and senior honors program students participate in a series of activities designed to make the transition from undergraduate to graduate/professional school a seamless experience.
The Honors College provides a diverse learning environment that brings thoughtful reflection on life’s many questions, questions with which we all are confronted daily. Honors faculty are engaged in tackling some of the most critical intellectual and social issues of the day. Honors alumni hold leadership posts in academia, the arts, and in business, government, legal, and non-profit sectors throughout the United States.
I have been a member of the Coppin State community for nearly 20 years and have grown to respect the talented faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends that make this such an exciting academic community. I hope you will discover this spirit during your visit as well.
Ron L. Collins, Sr.
Dean, Honors College
Director, Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program