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Honors Summer Academy

Ask the big questions

June 16-26, 2024

At the Honors Summer Academy, rising high school juniors, and seniors will earn college credit in this immersive, on-campus, pre-college program by studying the classics with the deans of The University of Tulsa Honors College. Participants spend their mornings with faculty in seminar addressing the big questions raised by classic texts and their afternoons and evenings with current Honors College students, who lead recreational and cultural activities both on and off campus. Honors Summer Academy students have a unique immersion experience in which they ask each other the big questions, and also experience all that eastern Oklahoma and Tulsa has to offer – from rodeos to Native American history and culture, to world class art museums and outstanding parks.

The theme of study for 2024 is virtue, friendship, and happiness. We will read works that seek to understand the connection between virtue and human excellence from such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Augustine, Dante, Tolstoy, Flannery O’Connor and Iris Murdoch. We will ask ourselves the big questions: What is human excellence? What is the highest human good? What is friendship and with whom can I have it? What role do study and contemplation play in a good human life?

Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Cost: $1,200

Applications are open and due April 1.

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Submissions due by April 1.

2024 Honors Summer Academy

Virtue
Friendship
Happiness

Living on campus

Students will have the opportunity to experience pre-college life on TU’s beautiful 209-acre campus, that offers a balance of focus, friendships, and fun. Students will be housed in John Mabee Hall, one of five residence halls. Students will have access to campus facilities, including the McFarlin Library and the Collins Fitness Center.

Dining

Meals and snacks will be provided throughout the duration of the summer academy. TU’s Dining Services is committed to providing the campus community with a variety of healthy eating options in enjoyable settings that promote social interaction.

Materials

Readings as well as a camp t-shirt will be provided to all participating students. A full schedule and readings will be available soon. We will be reading works that seek to understand the connection between virtue and human excellence from such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Augustine, Dante, Tolstoy, Flannery O’Connor and Iris Murdoch.

Experience

Students will join current Honors College students, who lead recreational and cultural activities both on and off campus. Such as play games, trivia night, and have access to the Collins Fitness Center, Case Tennis Center, Esports & Gaming Lounge, and more. Off-campus students will be visiting Philbrook, the Drillers Stadium, Gathering Place, and more!