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Plan II Honors Program Earns Top National Rankings from Public University Honors

Thu, Jul 19, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas - The Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin was ranked among the top honors experiences in the country, according to a new report by Public University Honors, an independent organization devoted to evaluating public university honors programs and public honors colleges.

In the first-ever evaluation of leading public university honors programs, Plan II ranked No. 2 in the category of Smaller Programs in Overall Excellence. It also ranked No. 3 in Overall Excellence and Honors Factors. The ranking is based on factors including honors curriculum, honors retention, graduation rates and study abroad programs.

Public University Honors published the report in a new book, “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs,” in which Plan II was compared to 49 other public programs in terms of overall excellence and student achievement. 

The University of Texas at Austin also earned top spots in several categories listed in the guidebook, including:

According to Public University Honors, the guidebook is intended for prospective college students. The editor reviewed honors programs at all public universities ranked in the top 75 by the most recent U.S. News Best American Colleges report, as well as public universities that are members of the Association of American Universities.

Established in 1935, Plan II is a four-year degree program that leads from a broad core curriculum in the early college years to a student's own choice of coursework in the later ones. Small classes and a common curriculum develop a sense of intimate community among students, while the size of the University of Texas gives them an enormous range of freedom in pursuing their interests, and the library and computing infrastructure to do it well. For more about the program, visit this website.


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