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Academic Honors

 Dean's List
The Dean's List is the official recognition by the College of a student's excellent academic performance. Only degree students are eligible for this recognition.

To be named to the Dean's List in the Day Division, students must earn at least 12 college-level, grade-point-bearing credits in that semester through course work at Fisher within the Day Division; achieve a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.3; and also have no failing grades within that semester.

Students in the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies may qualify for the Dean's List as follows: At the point of earning a total of 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90, 105, 120 college-level, grade-point-bearing credits through course work at Fisher, Dean's List candidates must:

1. Achieve a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.3

2. Have no failing grades within that 15-credit time period

Graduation Honors
Only degree students are eligible to graduate with honors. To qualify for honors at graduation, a student must achieve a final cumulative grade-point average at the time of program completion in the following ranges:

3.75-4.0 Highest Honors

3.5-3.74 High Honors

3.3-3.49 Honors

Every graduating class shall have one valedictorian who:

  • Holds the highest cumulative GPA at the end of the seventh semester
  • Has completed at least 64 credits of course work at Fisher College
  • Will have completed baccalaureate degree requirements by the graduation date
 
valedictorian
The criteria for selection of valedictorian are as follows:
• Student must have completed at least 60 credits at Fisher.
• Only bachelor’s degree-seeking students are eligible (degree completion program excluded).
• Last classes must be completed at Fisher and concluded prior to commencement.
• Student’s disciplinary record will be reviewed up until the date of commencement. Serious violations including level 1 and level 2   violations may prevent a student from holding the honor of valedictorian.
• Student who has the highest GPA.
 
honors program (day Only)
The Fisher College Honors Program invites a select community of students on a journey of excellence. These students will be provided opportunities to explore the interfaces among their area of professional study and the social sciences and humanities; to gain the sensitivity to project and to test the moral and social implications of their future professional judgments and activities; and to foster respect for self and others in preparation for full and productive lives.
 
The philosophy of the Honors Program is that well-educated individuals should seize the opportunity to take the knowledge they have gained in their educational settings and experiences and apply it to the betterment of the communities from which they come and to those in which they plan to serve.

Students will:

• Demonstrate personal growth in their thinking, values, development, knowledge, and interactions with others.
• Articulate the value of social and civic involvement and actively participate in community service.
• Gather, analyze, interpret, and express ideas and information.
• Build and refine decision-making skills within a context of moral and social responsibility.
 
Honors Program Admission Requirements for Freshmen
• High school GPA of 3.3 or better in academic course work
• Minimum ACT composite of 22 or SAT of 1030 and a 500 in critical reading
• Two letters of reference from high school teachers, officials, or non-related individuals (Principal, Assistant Principal, Counselor,     or someone who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities)
• Submit one entrance essay
• An interview with representatives of the Honors Committee or a member of the Honors Committee is recommended Honors
 
Program Admission Requirements for Second-Semester Freshman
• Submit an application
• Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3
• Provide two letters of recommendation from faculty members
• Submit one entrance essay
• Complete a minimum of 12 college-level credits (This is the last point of entry for associate degree students.)
 
Sophomore Admission (First Semester Only)
• Submit an application
• Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3
• Provide two letters of recommendation from faculty members
• Submit one entrance essay
• Complete a minimum of 24 college-level credits (Students who begin in January may apply for admission at the end of thei sophomore year.)
 
Other Criteria
Only full-time Day Division students are eligible to apply to the Four-Year Honors Experience.
Applications Process for Students Currently Enrolled
• Candidates who seek fall admission should submit their application materials no later than May 15
• Candidates who seek spring admission should submit their application materials no later than December 15
• All materials should be submitted to the director of the Honors Program
 
Applicant Essay Questions
1. Describe an experience with an organization or community group of which you have been a member and explain how you contributed to that entity.
2. Members of your Fisher College class will be faced with many challenges on a local, national, and international level in the years
ahead. In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge that your generation will face, and what ideas do you have for dealing with this concern?
3. Identify one of your career goals, examine how or why you came to decide on this goal, and discuss how you believe that your work at Fisher College will prepare you to achieve this purpose.
 
Curriculum
First Year (Fall): Honors EN101
First Year (Spring): Honors EN102
(Students beginning the program at this point must take an additional course for Honors Designation)
Second Year (Fall): Minimum of one course for Honors Designation
(Students can elect to take two)
Second Year (Spring): HN200 Honors Colloquium
Third-Year (Fall): Community Service
A 20-hour community service component, approved by and under the direction of the Honors Program Director. Also, a paper in
which students reflect on their community service, detailing what they have learned, will be required.
Third-Year (Spring): HN350 Honors Colloquium
Fourth-Year (Fall): IS450 Honors Thesis I
Fourth-Year (Spring): IS460 Honors Thesis II
Students must earn a B or higher in EN101, EN102, and the two Honor Colloquium to remain in the program.
 
 Golden key international honor society
The Golden Key International Honor Society was established at Fisher College in 2012. Students are eligible for invitation if they meet the following requirements:

1. Must be in the top 15 percent of all bachelor’s degree-seeking students
2. Have earned 30 or more credits while attending Fisher.
 
psi chi international honor society in psychology
The Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology was established at Fisher College in 2015. Students are eligible for invitation if they meet the following requirements:
1. Must be enrolled as a major in a psychology program.
2. Have completed at least 3 semester or equivalent of full-time college course work.
3. Have completed at least 9 semester hours or equivalent of psychology courses.
4. Have earned a cumulative GPA that is in the top 35 percent of their class (sophomore, junior, senior) compared to their classmates     across the entire college that houses psychology (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
5. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses.
 
alpha phi sigma honor society in criminal justice
The Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society in Criminal Justice was established at Fisher College in 2016. Students are eligible for invitation if they meet the following requirements:
1. Be enrolled as a Criminal Justice major or minor
2. Have completed at least 3 full semesters or its equivalent
3. Have completed a minimum of 4 courses in Criminal Justice
4. Have attained a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their cumulative and criminal justice courses.
5. Rank in the top 35 percent of their class.
  
 

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