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The Honors Program

Enrich Your Education

Ferris State University provides an excellent, career-focused education. The Honors Program enriches it. 

Honors is about getting more out of your college experience by putting more of yourself in. We look for students who perform more brilliantly, seek more challenges, who are more committed, more independent and want to take advantage of more opportunities.

You'll get a college experience made even better by special opportunities to volunteer, study abroad, work with faculty on research projects and attend cultural events, all with new friends who are as intellectually spirited and inquisitive as you are. However you choose to engage, doing so will foster curiosity, dialogue and intellectual rigor.

The Honors Program costs nothing to join, and you won't have to take courses you don't need.

Apply to Honors Now
(This form is used for both new students and transfer students)

Advantages of Being an Honors Student

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The Honors Program enriches students' education both inside and outside the classroom. Honors students work more closely with their professors, delve more deeply into course material, gain leadership experience, and engage with their communities through cultural events and service.

Honors students benefit from many other advantages as well, including:

  • Priority registration
  • Smaller classes
  • Travel scholarships for study abroad and conference presentations
  • The opportunity to live in a single room and make friends in an Honors residence hall
  • An Honors advisor and an Honors peer mentor providing extra support
  • Honors-sponsored events, service projects, and free tickets to Ferris State Theatre plays
  • Access to the Honors Lounge in the basement of Pickell Hall
  • Special honors admission program in the Michigan College of Optometry
  • Co-sponsored events with the College of Pharmacy to learn about research opportunities and admissions.
  • Eligibility for the Maude Bigford Scholarship and the Edwin Harris Memorial Honors Scholarship, worth at least $600, after the first year; each is awarded annually to one honors student through an application available in MyScholarships.
  • Completion of an honors certificate indicated at commencement, in the transcript, and on the diploma