Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kairos?
Kairos is a program designed to foster a learning environment for students who seek a community of like-minded learners. Kairos Scholars will take specially designed classes that focus more on discussion and critical thinking than most of the standard equivalent courses. Students who are a part of Kairos Scholars also form part of a community of about a hundred other academically-minded students supported by highly engaged faculty.
Will I be doing a lot of extra work in Kairos?
No. Honors courses are not designed to burden students with extra work like many high school honors classes do. The purpose of the program is to provide bright students with a challenging learning experience with some of the university’s most engaging faculty. While in aggregate the typical Kairos student might end up spending more time on some class assignments, they need not worry that they will be doing “busy” work or extra material just to earn honors credit. Honors courses are not harder; they seek to incorporate different means of pedagogy in the classroom than other courses taught under the same title at Lee.
How do I get in?
Is there any other way to get in?
Yes! If you are not accepted right away, you may apply again as a student on campus for second-semester admission. If a slot has opened during that time, your chances of admission into the program are good.
Are any scholarships associated with Kairos?
No, Kairos Scholars does not offer related scholarships. However, if students are eligible for the program, they should automatically be eligible for other scholarships such as the Presidential and/or Centennial Silver and Gold Scholarships. For more information, check out financial aid on the Lee University website.
How many Honors credit hours do I have to do as a Kairos Scholar?
The total number of Honors Credit hours required for the Honors Diploma is 24. Most of these hours are located in the general education core. For more information, refer to the “Courses” Page. Kairos students will want to avoid taking courses that might count for those mentioned above.
Does Kairos accept AP and Dual Enrollment Credit?
Yes and no. Lee University does accept AP and Dual Enrollment credits, and you will receive college credit hours from that. However, some credit received in these situations does not necessarily substitute for an honors course. Therefore, some coursework central to the Kairos Scholars experience is required–particularly the LEEU-101 & 102 and ENGL-110 courses. AP and Dual Enrollment credits will not exempt you from these classes. Exceptions may be made on an appeal basis.
What if I am a Music or Nursing major and don’t have to take the same General Education core?
Honors credit for Music and Nursing majors will, in most cases, have to be individually planned in cooperation with the Dean of the School of Music or Nursing and the student’s advisor. Students considering these majors are still encouraged to apply.
Do I have to declare a major to be in Kairos?
No. You do not have to have declared a major to be part of the program.