MVC Honors Program

Honors students hike and study lepidoptery and entomology and mound-building at Van Meter State Park with MVC faculty and Parks Service staff.

Honors students hike and study lepidoptery and entomology and mound-building at Van Meter State Park with MVC faculty and Parks Service staff.

Alla Barabtarlo, head of Special Collections and Rare Books at the University of Missouri, shows Honors students how to uncover the secrets of ancient texts.

Alla Barabtarlo, head of Special Collections and Rare Books at the University of Missouri, shows Honors students how to uncover the secrets of ancient texts.

The Honors Program at MVC encourages and supports undergraduate research across disciplines through hands-on professional development experiences.

The Honors Program at MVC encourages and supports undergraduate research across disciplines through hands-on professional development experiences.

Interactive engagement is an integral part of the MVC Honors Program.

Interactive engagement is an integral part of the MVC Honors Program.

Honors students are honored every year at the MVC Scholars Banquet.

Honors students are honored every year at the MVC Scholars Banquet.

What is the MVC Honors Program?

Missouri Valley College Honors Program offers high-achieving students the opportunity to enhance their college experience through attending conferences across the country, publishing guidance, and scholarship opportunities, including study abroad. Along with an enhanced college experience, the MVC Honors Program helps prepare students for a successful career in their field or graduate school.

Why should I participate in the MVC Honors Program?

There are several advantages to participating in MVC's Honors program.

  • Engagement with primary texts that explore questions of enduring importance
  • Opportunities to enhance and refine writing skills by working closely with faculty
  • Priority housing beginning fall semester sophomore year.
  • 25% scholarship for study abroad (maximum of $1500)
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Priority registration for courses
  • Extended library checkout time and free coffee card
  • Additional printing funds
  • Interesting guest speakers
  • Recognition at spring MVC Scholars banquet
  • Graduation recognition

Admission to the Honors Program

New Freshmen - Students in the Honors Program must possess a minimum ACT score of 24 or a combined Critical Reading and Math SAT score of 1090 and complete the application for admission to Missouri Valley College. (If the minimum ACT or SAT is not reached, students can petition the Honors Program Director for provisional admission.) In addition to applying for admission to MVC, students must submit an application form and write a 300-400 word essay explaining why they are interested in the Honors Program. The essay should be submitted to Dr. Claire Schmidt.

Transfer and Current Students - Current MVC students or students transferring with an Associate of Arts degree with a GPA of 3.5 or above at any accredited college or university are also invited to apply for admission into a 2-year abbreviated version of Missouri Valley Honors.

Continued Participation in the Honors Program

To continue participation in the MVC Honors Program, students must receive a grade of A or B in all honors courses. Additionally, students must maintain a 3.2 GPA their freshman year and a 3.5 GPA every year thereafter.


For more information, please contact the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Claire Schmidt, honors@moval.edu, (660) 831-4223.