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EIU Pine Honors College

About the College

We offer students:

  • small, Honors-only, engaging classes that help you grow while meeting general education requirements
  • service and extracurricular opportunities, on and off campus
  • support for undergraduate research and study abroad
  • perks such as Honors housing, priority registration, and scholarships
  • a great community of strong students with diverse interests: your Honors peers are leaders in athletics, student government, newspaper, band, and all sorts of campus clubs
  • FUN!

See the Dean's Welcome for more information, or explore the site! Contact us at with your questions.


The Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College was founded as the "Honors Programs" in 1982 to meet the needs of academically talented students. In April 2014, it was named for Sandra and Jack Pine, Eastern Illinois University alumni, in recognition of their outstanding support of their alma mater. Honors encourages intellectual and social growth. Students interested in small classes, caring faculty and administrators, as well as carefully thought out courses of study should think about joining the programs. Much of what you need is provided in one place - honors housing, advising, scholarships, research grants, priority registration, and, most importantly, a professional and committed staff. Since 1982, and our original 56 students, we have grown to now include over 400 students representing all colleges and the majority of majors.

We encourage

  • Excellence
  • Service and Community
  • Leadership and Intellectual Growth

Welcome to the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College

For more than thirty years, Honors students at Eastern have expanded their minds, engaged in intense learning experiences, and grown as scholars and citizens. As a community dedicated to excellence and achievement, the Pine Honors College welcomes students from all majors. The University Honors curriculum boasts a wide range of small, discussion-driven seminars which contribute to student general education requirements. Honors is also a gateway to opportunities for research, Study Abroad, National Student Exchange, and service-learning. The Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College also coordinates Eastern's many Departmental Honors programs, ideal for students who want to prepare themselves for the highest levels of accomplishment in their chosen discipline.

Beyond the classroom, the Honors College is a gathering place for students, honors staff and faculty mentors to meet, socialize, and talk. Informal gatherings on-campus or off-campus cultural excursions are great places to learn from each other, to build supportive networks for learning and exploration, and to have fun. The Association of Honors Students and the Honors College both offer a variety of extra-curricular events that unite a community of people who want to realize their full potential for learning and growth.

Great faculty members from across the university teach honors at every level, from introductory thinking and writing classes, to capstone classes that help seniors integrate their learning across disciplinary boundaries. The Pine Honors College also draws on the wisdom and support of its alumni, who have gone on to success in many different careers. As the new Dean of the Honors College,

Portrait of Dean England

I enjoy working with (and learning from) the many students, faculty, and alumni who have built and are continuing to contribute to the Honors legacy of excellence at Eastern.

I hope that our Honors pages not only answer any questions you might have, but also encourage you to get in touch with us to find out more. We have now moved to glamorous new quarters on the second floor of Pemberton Hall South. Do come and find us there; together we can continue to build on the strengths of Honors.

Dr. Richard England
Dean, Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College

Our Mission

The Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College is a center for academic excellence and leadership in the university that encourages academically talented students to develop their potential through completion of suitable coursework in small classes taught by excellent faculty. Dedicated to nurturing students intellectually so they are equipped upon graduation to pursue their interests, the Pine Honors College also encourages undergraduate research and creative activity, community service opportunities, study abroad experiences, and professional internships. This provision of an integrated academic experience contributes to Eastern Illinois University's acclaim as a university accomplished in teaching and research that is focused on its graduates' success.

Direction to the Honors College

Pemberton Hall South is located at 1535 Fourth Street in Charleston, IL, 61920.

You may use any of the mapping software to get to us, or use the campus map if you are on campus. On this map, you may locate any building, including Pemberton Hall. There is also a printer-friendly version of the map as well.

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Contact Information

Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College

Pemberton Hall South
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2017
(888) 440-4664
Fax: (217) 581-7222

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