Honors Learning Community

The HLC and Residential Life

As an honors student at MU, you may choose to live in the Honors Learning Community (HLC). Co-ed floors reserved for Honors Residence students in one of two halls, Mark Twain Hall and Schurz Hall, both of which have special areas for studying and socializing, on-site Honors advising (Twain Tuesdays and Schurzday Thursday) and encourage you to participate broadly in the Honors experience and residential life at Mizzou.

Mark Twain Hall (Honors West)

This hall takes its name, affectionately, from Missouri’s famous author. Remodeled in the Fall of 2013, Mark Twain Hall hosts 380 students between seven floors. The building offers both single and double suites to its residents. Students will find ample study space between study rooms and house lounges located on each floor. The basement of Mark Twain Hall features a full kitchen, laundry room, meeting room, practice room for musicians and a fully equipped computing site. It also features living and learning communities that are sure to keep students active and engaged in the hall.

Inside and around Mark Twain Hall you will find a number of amenities designed to help you succeed in your classes and make your stay more enjoyable. The building is located on the northwest end of campus near the College of Engineering, Education, and Journalism. Nearby attractions include Peace Park, the MKT Trail, and Downtown Columbia. The MARK on 5th Street is located right inside Mark Twain Hall.

Check out the video below for a brief tour of Mark Twain Hall.


Schurz Hall (Honors East)

This residence is named for Carl Schurz, a former U.S. Senator from Missouri and United States Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and James Garfield. The top floors of the hall are the Honors floors, and it is a co-ed residence.

Schurz is a community-style residence with shared baths, and there are both single and double rooms available; some rooms are ADA accessible. Honors students may choose to live in Schurz with a non-Honors roommate, and you will be assigned designated floors.

Inside and around Schurz Hall you will find a number of amenities designed to help you succeed in your classes and make your stay more enjoyable. The building is located near CAFNR, the Vet School, and many of our science labs, greenhouses, and the Bond Life Science Building. Baja Grill is located inside of Schurz (in the underground connector between the residence hall and Hatch Hall) and it is very near Plaza 900. Nearby attractions include Buck’s Ice Cream Parlor and the Mizzou Meat Market, as well as being conveniently located close to Downtown Columbia and the shops and restaurants just off of Route 63.

Check out the video below for a brief tour of Schurz Hall.

Honors Freshman Interest Groups (FIG)

A FIG is a Freshman Interest Group, a living-learning community involving about 20 students who live together in the same residence hall and take three classes together in their first semester. FIG students also meet once a week for the 1-credit Freshman Proseminar, a course taught by the peer advisor for each FIG. Peer advisors are usually juniors or seniors in a major related to the subject matter of a FIG. Each FIG also has a faculty mentor.

Honors Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) are available in a number of interest areas. In most honors Figs, two of the three courses in the FIG are honors courses or honors sections of regularly offered courses.

For more information about FIGs, please visit the Freshman Interest Group website.

  • Honors Experience
    Open to all honors students, regardless of major. Students in this community practice critical thinking skills and participate in unique Honors College opportunities.
  • Honors Pre-Med
    Get help in your studies and in preparing for future graduate applications. Network with Honors College faculty. Gain confidence in your future and place here at Mizzou.
  • Walter Williams Journalism Scholars
    Learn the fundamentals of journalism, explore different career paths and find your strengths. Examine how culture on campus and diversity relate to journalism. Develop meaningful connections with fellow journalism students and faculty.
  • Honors Journalism
    Gain the skills, mentorship and inspiration necessary to succeed in journalism. Challenge yourself to think critically about the changing media landscape, how your talents can serve different audiences, and how you can prepare for a fulfilling career.