PLHC Mission and Vision | UMSL

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At the Pierre Laclede Honors College we transform lives through engaged, individualized learning in and outside of the classroom. Our graduates are economically productive, ethically committed, thoughtfully engaged, active citizens who flourish within their culture and world.

Our vision is a community that empowers students to develop unique paths that allow them to pursue individual goals.  Small classes (14 students on average) allow students to learn by active questioning and conversation.  Students develop strong communication and writing skills while exploring connections across areas of knowledge as they think critically within and beyond their majors.  By exploring a wealth of beyond-the-classroom opportunities, Honors students develop the crucial foundation for future professional success.

We support our students with individual advising to help them discover the best paths to their goals. Renewable scholarship funding also ensures that this opportunity is available to all no matter their financial situation.

If you are interested in applying, please check out our Steps to Apply and Application. If you are accepted into the Honors College, please follow our Checklist for what to do next.

Come for yourself on Honors Day and see what the PLHC is all about, or contact our Admissions Representative Jenna Haddock at for an opportunity to visit or speak with us.