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


  • 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.)


    Honors Students
    • 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 their 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 Question

    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.


    • Honors StudentsFirst 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
    • Fourth Year (Spring): IS460 Honors Thesis II
    Students must earn a B or higher in EN101, EN102, and the two Honors Colloquium to remain in the program.

    Honors Students
    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
    Chinese Proverb
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