The Honors Program at Ferris State University requires a separate application from the one you completed to attend Ferris.
Eligibility and Application Processes
Students who have applied to Ferris State University who meet two of the following three criteria are invited to apply for the Honors program:
- Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- 25 ACT composite or 1150 SAT (combining math and reading scores) or higher.
- Ranked in the top 10% of graduating class by GPA.
Students who are close to meeting the criteria for invitation and have records of significant and meaningful extracurricular academic achievement (Odyssey of the Mind, Editor of Student Newspaper / Yearbook, Debate/Forensics, etc.), outstanding community service or exemplary leadership positions will be considered for invitation following individual review of those credentials by the Honors Program staff.
To apply to the Honors program, each student must:
- Complete an application (Available at http://www.ferris.edu/honors/).
- Submit an essay or video
- Attend the Honors invitational (students who cannot attend the annual Invitational may be permitted to complete the activity under the supervision of a high school guidance counselor or other educator).
Being invited to apply to the Honors program is no guarantee of admission to the Honors program. Students are evaluated on all measures before admission is granted.
A student must be admitted to Ferris State University before being admitted to the Honors program. If you have not completed an Undergraduate Student application to Ferris State University, the application can be found at www.ferris.edu/admissions.
- Deadline to apply for Spring semester is December 1.
- Deadline to apply for Fall semester is July 15.
- Students must apply to Ferris State University and then apply to Honors (separate applications).
- 3.30 cumulative college GPA in at least 12 credits, none of which are remedial or developmental classes.
- No academic or conduct violations at previous institution
- Previous membership in Honors Program, or completion of Honors coursework, if available.
The Honors Program is charged with educating "highly able and motivated students, while encouraging service and leadership for the public good." A students' Highschool GPA and SAT score give a sense of how 'able' a student is. But it utterly fails to measure 'motivation', or one's commitment to service and leadership. To address this, we ask students to participate in some activities that we use in Honors classes on a regular basis, so that the faculty can observe directly the qualities that distinguish Honors students. This happens at the Honors Invitational.
The Honors Invitational will be held three times during the 2017-2018 application period:
- October / November 2016
- February / March 2017
- May / June 2017
These are invitation-only events. If you cannot make it to one of the events, please get in touch with the Honors office, and we can reschedule you for a different event.
The final step of the Honors application process is for applicants to attend and participate in the Honors Invitational. At the invitational, applicants will be broken up in class-sized groups, and will participate in a mock-Honors seminar. All relevant readings and materials will be provided. Applicants will be evaluated holistically by members of the Honors faculty. The event is not an interview, as students are not interviewed alone, but faculty will observe each student in the group using evaluation criteria that are similar to interview criteria.
Decisions for admission are made on the basis of each student's Essay / Video Score, application, High-school cumulative GPA and composite SAT/ACT score and their evaluation during the Invitational. We seek to admit about 350 first year students annually.
We will notify successful applicants by mail approximately four weeks after the Invitational.
Prospective honors students will participate in some leadership-development academic activities, and be evaluated holistically by members of the Honors faculty.
The Honors Program admits students on a rolling basis starting in late March to May 1. Students who attended the Honors Invitational will be the first to be be notified of admission to Honors.
If you are accepted into Honors, you will automatically be placed in an Honors Orientation session after you confirm your acceptance with the Honors Program Office.
The Honors Program at Ferris State offers a residential option for students in dedicated Honors halls. Many of the rooms in these halls are set up to be single occupancy, but there are some double occupancy rooms available. There is a surcharge for the cost of the single / private room which will be partially offset by the Honors Residential Life Scholarship.
Students are required to live in an Honors hall if they are required to live on campus according to the residential life policy of the University. Typically, this means for the students' first year. Honors students are welcome to continue to live in our halls beyond the requirements of the university, but the Honors Residential Life Scholarship will no longer be available. Other incentives, such as the Sophomore, Junior and Senior Incentives, will be available for these students.
The Honors office is not qualified to discuss specifics of financial aid, but certain is willing to help where we can. The basics of the automatic scholarship program Ferris offers, along with the Honors Residential Life Scholarship are available on the Honors Financial Aid page.
For any further questions or concerns, please get in touch with the University's Financial Aid Office.
Move-in day for Honors halls is typically the day before (Thursday) move-in day for the campus. This gives the Honors Peer Mentors the opportunity to meet their mentees and engage in some leadership development exercises (as well as mixers) on what we call 'Fun Day'.
Students who cannot attend Fun Day (such as fall athletes) should contact the Honors office prior to arrival, so we can inform your peer mentor.
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