Residence Life

The Honors Academy Residential Learning Community

The Honors Academy Residential Learning Community is open to any incoming freshman residential student accepted into the Honors Academy. High school scholars must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and an ACT composite score of 25 or a SAT score of 1260. Park scholars already enrolled must have completed a minimum of one semester at Park earning a 3.75 cumulative GPA. This program provides a space for Academy participants that is conducive to a high level of scholarship. You will work closely with your peers who will be sharing both your academic and living experiences. Additionally, the Honors Academy is steeped in a tradition of service learning which is a vital part of the residential community’s experience.

Participants in the Honors Academy Residential Learning Community enjoy:
  • Fall semester class: Freshman Honors Seminar (LE 100)
  • Spring semester class: Freshman Honors Writing Seminar (EN 106)
  • Classes in the Copley Quad classroom
  • Classes taught by Dr. Virginia Brackett, the Honors Academy Director
  • A residential atmosphere catering to the Academy’s needs
  • An Honors Residential Mentor
  • Tailored programming focusing on leadership, service learning and global issues
  • Special advising sessions

From Dr. Brackett, Assistant Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Because members of the Honors Academy already support one another in classes; completing service learning; and seeking internships and scholarships, the opportunity for them to also interact through a living and learning community is especially exciting! It will further enrich their experiences at Park as they gain the confidence and personal skills the community encourages.”

Virginia Brackett, Associate Professor of English, serves Park University as Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Director of Park’s Degree with Honors Program. Upon arriving at Park in 2006, she applied for and received a Missouri Campus Compact grant to support design of a service learning initiative for the Honors Program, which became the first organized service learning effort on campus. In spring 2010 she was named Park University Distinguished Humanities Professor and in fall 2010 recipient of the Pittsburgh State University (Pittsburgh, KS) Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award. In recognition of her advocacy of service learning through Honors Program course work, Brackett received the Missouri Campus Compact Community Engagement Professional of the Year Award, 2011. She serves as campus representative for Campus Compact and for prestigious scholarships including the Truman and Udall Scholarships. She has published 14 books and more than 125 articles and stories for adults and young adult readers, for both popular and academic audiences. Brackett also holds bachelor’s degrees in Business and Medical Technology.