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Admission

Admission to the FHSU Honors College is open to highly qualified high school seniors, transfer students, and current FHSU students. Below are listed the basic requirements for admission into the FHSU Honors College.

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The 2017-2018 application deadline for the Honors College is Friday, March 2, 2018. We strongly urge eligible students to apply at the earliest possible moment, as the selections process is highly competitive and there are a limited number of slots available each year.  The admissions committee can act upon and offer a slot to a qualified student at any time in the year.  Thus, it is highly possible all available slots in a given year may be taken by the deadline. Due to the nature of the admission process, the standardized test school which is submitted on the application will be the score the admission committee uses when awarding the Honors College Scholarships. Higher scores may not be resubmitted once the application has been turned in.  Again: we urge you to apply early in order to guarantee consideration for this program!  Enrollment in the Honors College is carefully balanced by the admissions committee and is highly competitive to ensure quality and space requirements are upheld and retained.  This is a highly selective program-it is anticipated that only a maximum of 35 seats will be available this year.  Attainment of a high standardized test score and/or GPA will not guarantee admission.  The admissions committee looks at the full range of submitted materials carefully to ascertain student potential and interest.  Of particular importance is the quality of the essays.  Essays that are too brief in length, do not have exemplary-to-perfect spelling/grammar/punctuation, and do not creatively showcase the personality, attributes, and accomplishment of the writer will not maximally be successful.

Incoming Freshmen Applying for the Honors College:

  1. A minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Those being considered for the FHSU Regents Scholarship MUST demonstrate a high school cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher.
  2. An ACT score of 28 or higher, or an SAT score of 1280 or higher. Those considered for the FHSU Regents Scholarship MUST demonstrate an ACT score of 32/SAT 1420 or higher.  Those considered for the Honors College Tier 1 scholarship must demonstrate an ACT score of 31/SAT 1380 or higher. Those considered for the Honors College Tier 2 scholarship must demonstrate an ACT score of 30/SAT 1340 or higher.chillin in the quad
  3. All applicants must respond to the following essay prompt: What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now, and how you expect your undergraduate experience to contribute to that vision for your life? All applicants must also respond to one essay prompt of their choice from the following 4 options:
    • Identify one societal problem and describe how you plan to address this problem in your life.
    • What quality produces the most effective leader and what is the greatest hindrance to effective leadership?
    • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons were learned?
    • Rank your top three favorite classes taken to date and explain why. How did these classes significantly deepen and broaden your knowledge and application of the course material? How did they expand and transform your worldview and belief system?
  4. Resume that lists applicant awards, work, academic, co/extra-curricular, and community service experience/leadership. Special detail should be included relating to leadership experiences of significant impact and scope.
  5. Contact information for a person who can speak specifically and clearly to the student’s strengths, achievement in a particular organization, academic major service project, and character, professionalism and personal integrity.
  6. Applicants may also submit a URL for original creative work, research, and/or accomplishment.

For Current FHSU Students and Transfer Students for the Honors College:

  1. A minimum total college (includes all institutions) cumulative GPA of 3.5.  High school ACT/SAT scores should also be submitted, though they will not be scored by the admissions committee in the same manner as is the case with high school applicants.
  2. All applicants must respond to the following essay prompt: What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now, and how you expect your undergraduate experience to contribute to that vision for your life? All applicants must also respond to one essay prompt of their choice from the following 4 options:
    • Identify one societal problem and describe how you plan to address this problem in your life.
    • What quality produces the most effective leader and what is the greatest hindrance to effective leadership?
    • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons were learned?
    • Rank your top three favorite classes taken to date and explain why. How did these classes significantly deepen and broaden your knowledge and application of the course material? How did they expand and transform your worldview and belief system?
  3. Resume that lists applicant awards, work, academic, co/extra-curricular, and community service experience/leadership. Special detail should be included relating to leadership experiences of significant impact and scope.
  4. Transcript verifying cumulative GPA.
  5. Contact information for a person who can speak specifically and clearly to the student’s strengths, achievement in a particular organization, academic major service project, and character, professionalism and personal integrity.
  6. Applicants may also submit a URL for original creative work, research, and/or accomplishment.

All Honors College students must maintain a 3.3 GPA their freshmen year and 3.5 GPA thereafter to remain in the Honors College in good standing. Failure to reach this GPA in any given semester will cause a student to be placed on probation for the following semester. If the student fails to regain the required cumulative GPA after the completion of the probationary semester, the student will be removed from the Honors College.


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