University Honors Degrees
Enrich Your Ferris State University Experience Become a Member of the Honors Program
Established in 1997, the Honors Program continues to provide Ferris State students the opportunity to join a community of engaged learners from many disciplines, to dialogue with enthusiastic, distinguished faculty in a supportive intellectual environment, and to critically engage with the community.
More Brilliant: The Honors curriculum provides ample opportunity to engage intellectual challenges with a peer group of interested and committed students. The curriculum requires that students excel in coursework that emphasizes autonomous project-based learning, the development of critical thinking skills and multi-disciplinary approaches to problem solving. Honors students take advantage of specialized advising from the Honors advisor, and receive priority registration for class selection.
More Challenge: The Honors community revolves around the five Honors residence halls on south campus. Most of the activities are directed by Honors students themselves through the Honors Student Association, which represents the study body on Honors Council as well as organizes and oversees the activities of the Honors student organizations.
More Engaged: Community engagement is at the heart of the mission of our Honors Program. It not only ensures that we give back to the community of Big Rapids and Mecosta County, but it also enriches Honors student's experience by inculcating a sense of civic responsibility, providing opportunities to develop intellectual skills by applying them to tangible problems, and expanding students' ethical and cultural perspectives.
More Independent: Leadership as a means for bringing out the best in people, by inspiring and motivating them to commit their energies, skills and talents to the organization's vision, forms the basis of the Honors Programs' requirement that each student hold a leadership position by the time he or she graduates.
More Opportunities: From performing community service with the Big Rapids Women's Information Service (WISE) to knitting with the Registered Student Organization 'Crafter's Anonymous,' our students engage with their community and take advantage of all that we have to offer. Through support of the Honors program, students are able to participate in conferences, retreats, study away trips, national/foreign exchange programs, cultural events on campus and off, research on campus, and apply for scholarships and post-graduate fellowships.
Admission Criteria For Entering Freshmen:
Students with two of the following three will be invited to apply to the Honors Program at Ferris State University:
- 3.50 or higher high school cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale)
- 25 or higher ACT composite or 1135 or higher SAT composite (adding math and reading scores only).
- Class rank in the top 10% of his or her graduating class.
Admissions criteria include a completed and scored essay, a completed application, and the criteria for invitation. 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.
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.
Admission Criteria For Transfer Students:
- 3.25 or higher university GPA in 12-45 credits
Admission Criteria For International Students:
- Please contact the Office of International Education for details
If you would like a campus tour hosted by a student in the Honors Program please call us at 231-591-2216.
Expectations Upon Admission
As a member of the University Honors community, you are required to maintain a college GPA of 3.30, commit to 15 hours of community service each semester, join a campus club and attend at least three cultural events per semester. Tickets to cultural events are provided to university Honors Program students free of charge.
Academic Success Awards
Students who are accepted into the Honors Program and are required to live on campus according to University Policy, will be awarded a non-renewable Honors Residential Life Scholarship valued at $1500 to help offset the cost of a single room.
Honors students must live in an Honors hall so long as they are required to live on campus; but the Honors program does not require students to live on campus beyond the requirements of the University.
Honors students who volunteer to live on campus when they are not so required can take advantage of the University's housing incentives, including the Sophomore Incentive, Junior Incentive or the Senior Incentive. Please check the Sophomore/Junior/Senior incentive information on the Residential Life website for more information on the incentives, and the Housing contract (page 1) for information on who is required to live on campus.
Woodbridge N. Ferris Scholarships For High School Seniors:
Students who are eligible to apply for the Honor's Program are usually eligible for merit-based scholarships. Please visit "Woodbridge N. Ferris Scholarships" for more information.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Ferris State University administers 31 of the national CLEP examinations to provide incoming students with the possibility of earning credit in academic areas commonly studied by university freshmen. Credit is awarded to those students who obtain a score of 50 or higher as published by the University Board. Credit granted on the basis of CLEP examinations is entered on a student's record without a grade and is not included in the computation of the Ferris grade point average or graduation honors. Students who take a CLEP exam and do not earn credit are eligible to re-take the exam after a six month waiting period. If a student has been previously enrolled in university honors courses, or equivalent, at an accredited university (including Ferris State) for which university credit was earned, the student may not take a CLEP exam for that course. Once CLEP credit for a given course has been awarded, a student may not subsequently enroll in that course and receive a grade. The College of Pharmacy does not accept CLEP credit in the sciences or math, but all other colleges at Ferris State will accept CLEP credit towards university classes. For more information about CLEP exams, click here to visit the Ferris State Institutional Research and Testing Office.
Offers Many Special Opportunities
There are many university honors societies on campus to which honors students belong. Membership in these organizations looks impressive on a resume, increases networking opportunities and rewards academic accomplishment. The honoraries at Ferris are Golden Key, Kappa Delta Pi, Lambda Pi Eta, Lambda Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Order of Omega, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Lambda Sigma and Sigma Lambda Chi. Through Ferris State University's Study Away program, Honors students have traveled to Paris, London, Rome, Florence, Isle of Capri, Jerusalem, Provence, Martinique and other places throughout the world. University Honors scholarships and financial aid packages can be readily constructed depending on funding. These experiences can be for a summer, a semester or an academic year.
Accelerated Degree Options
For Honors students with Advanced Placement (AP) and CLEP credits, the Business Administration degree can be earned in three years. For those who desire an M.B.A., it can be earned in one additional year. This challenge presents tremendous cost savings for the dedicated and ambitious student beginning with residence in Honors Halls. Single living space in Helen Ferris, Henderson, Ward, Pickell or Puterbaugh Honors halls feature kitchenettes, laundry and recreational facilities. The Residential Life Scholarship helps finance the additional cost of a private room in one of these Honors halls. The rooms are wired for Internet access. Students in the Honors Program at Ferris State are required to live in one of the Honors halls during their freshman and sophomore years, except for non-traditional students.
Three Year Honors Degree in Business Administration
Building on a core of business courses, this University Honors program features a sequence of major courses and honors courses, and also provides the opportunity to engage in applied learning through the careful selection of directed electives, internships, and study abroad experiences. Honors students may also design specialized areas of concentration in such fields as international business, finance, entrepreneurship, operations, human resource management, accounting, applied statistics, computer information systems, communications, marketing and computer science. The selection of University honors classes at Ferris State is almost endless. University honors students study under highly qualified faculty members who have combined their academic credentials with extensive work experience. We supplement classroom instruction with the chance to earn University credit while gaining work experience through our university honors internship program.
University students who demonstrate exceptional academic abilities will be able to complete an honors degree in business administration in only three years. The shortened time period combined with a study abroad component and two internships makes these university honors courses unique and exciting. The suggested sequence of university honors classes is available upon request.
Honors Assurance College of Pharmacy
The College of Pharmacy offers an Honors Assurance admission interview to Ferris State University Honors Program students. Admission to the doctor of pharmacy program through the Honors Assurance program is contingent upon successful completion of the above conditions and a successful admission interview.
Michigan College of Optometry Honors Admission Interview Assurance Program
The Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) offers an Honors Admission Interview Assurance Program to Ferris State University Honors Program students, provided that the specified requirements.
Priority Consideration for Honors Students in the College of Health Professions
School of Nursing Priority Consideration for Honors Students
The School of Nursing extends an opportunity for early admission to students who are in good standing in the Ferris State University Honors program at the time of application to the professional nursing sequence. For each admission cycle, 25% or 16 of the 64 seats are designated for Honors students who meet the qualification criteria. It is the expectation of the School of Nursing that if awarded early admission, these students will continue their participation in the Honors program during their enrollment in the nursing program. For more information, visit the FAQ page for the Nursing Program at Ferris State University.
Molecular Diagnostics Priority Consideration for Honors Students
The Molecular Diagnostics program extends an opportunity for early admission to students who are in good standing in the FSU Honors program at the time of application to the professional program sequence. For each admission cycle, 10% or 3 of the seats are designated for Honors students who meet the qualification criteria. It is the expectation of the Molecular Diagnostics program that if awarded early admission, these students will continue their participation in the Honors program during their enrollment in the Molecular Diagnostics program.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Priority Consideration for Honors Students
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program extends an opportunity for early admission to students who are in good standing in the FSU Honors program at the time of application to the professional sonography program sequence. For each admission cycle, 10% or 2 of the seats are designated for Honors students who meet the qualification criteria. It is the expectation of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program that if awarded early admission, these students will continue their participation in the Honors program during their enrollment in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
Additional Honors Benefits
Priority registration allows you to secure space in the Honors Program and design a schedule tailored to meet your specific academic needs. As an Honors student, you also receive other academic opportunities, such as participating in stimulating symposia, meeting with visiting scholars, taking advantage of mentoring options, contributing to the national award-winning Honors newsletter, The Endeavor, attending "Lunch and Learn" (monthly programs in an Honors hall featuring a sought-after guest as speaker), or joining the Registered Student Organization, The Honors Programming Board.
Application for Incoming Freshmen Students
In order to be invited to apply to the Honors degree program as a potential freshman you will need two of the following three: minimum cumulative High School GPA of 3.5, a minimum 25 ACT composite or an 1135 SAT (combining math and reading scores) or class rank in the top 10% of graduating class. Upon receipt of your application for the Honors Program you will be contacted about the essay portion of our admissions process and the Honors Invitational Competition held the last Saturday in February. 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.
If you have not completed an Undergraduate Student application to Ferris State University, you will need do that in order for your Honors application to remain valid. The Honors Program application can be found at www.ferris.edu/admissions.
Honors Application for Transfer Students
For internal or external honors transfer applicants, students must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.25 in at least 12 credits (none of which are in remedial or developmental classes) but no more than 45 credits at the time of Honors acceptance. If you have any questions about the transfer process into the Honors Program at Ferris State, please contact the FSU Honors staff at 231-591-2216.
Ferris State Honors Graduates Get Great Jobs
Being a graduate of Honors provides many avenues for immediate employment and for advancement to upper levels of management. Employers seek honors graduates for employment positions ranging from business manager and sales representative to production supervisor and project planner. Graduates of the Honors Program at Ferris State often obtain new employment positions in manufacturing, retailing, construction, financial institutions, government and a host of other fields. Honors students also find the Honors Program to be of great value in preparation for law school.
Benefits of the Honors Program
- Residential Life Scholarship to help cover the added cost of a private room
- Special Opportunities for early admission or consideration for Professional Programs
- Honors Courses Priority Registration
- Honors Peer Mentors for first year students
- Free cultural event tickets
- Travel scholarships
- Honors classes/Honors courses
- Supplemental Honors advising by Honors faculty
- And more....
Residential Living Opportunities
- Honor's Residential Life Scholarship; funds help offset the cost of a private room
- May combine the Honor's Residential Life Scholarship with Woodbridge N. Ferris scholarships
- Environment conducive to studying and learning
- Membership in a true learning community
- Honors Peer Mentors in each hall/on each floor
- Plays, ballets, operas, museums, art galleries, lectures' tickets courtesy of Honors.
- Lunch and Learn speaker series in the halls hosted by professors, alumni and corporate leaders
- Scholarships available for Honors students
- Leadership development opportunities
- Conference participation
- 6-10 credits of Honors coursework, depending on class level or acceptance date
- Special opportunities for early consideration or admission in professional programs.
- Work with faculty on research projects/independent study options
- Join the staff of The Endeavor, Honors Program Newsletter
- Priority registration
- Supplemental advising
- Join the Honors Program's own registered student organization, the Honors Programming Board
- Art Show
- Speech Contest
- Variety Show
- Honors Formal
- Senior Symposium
- Senior Send-Off Banquet
- 4.0 Dinner/Awards Night (biannual)
- Senior Symposium
- Honors seal on diploma
- Honors indicator on transcript
- Honors medallion presented at Senior Banquet for graduation ceremony
- Opportunity to receive special stole for graduation ceremony (Leadership, Volunteerism, Scholar)
Honors Program Purpose Statement
The purpose of the Honors Program at Ferris State University is to provide intellectual challenges, resources and support to highly able and motivated students, while encouraging service and leadership for the public good.
If you would like more information on Honors Degree Programs at Ferris State University call (231) 591-2000.