A welcome from President Martin
We are excited to learn you have chosen or you are considering to join the Fort Hays State University family. Welcome! Today is an opportunity for you to share in the "new beginnings" of our University by becoming a member of the inaugural class of our Honors College. Together, we have the opportunity to celebrate our common bonds and to affirm our faith in a brilliant future. Your commitment to excellence, as exemplified through your extensive academic and community achievements, make you a superb candidate for our Honors College.
In his introduction to the centennial history of Fort Hays State University, Dr. James Forsythe recognized the “special destiny” of our University - a place we call home. It is a destiny animated by “the pioneering spirit” of our community. At the heart of this pioneering spirit is an unshakeable belief in a better tomorrow; a better tomorrow made possible by higher education. Our community understands higher education is both a key to an enriched intellectual life and a powerful engine for innovation and progress.
As Abigail Adams once wrote, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought with ardor and vigilance.” Fulfilling our mission will require us to attract more talent, more partners, more investors, more students, and more resources to our university and to our region. How will we do this? How will we make Fort Hays State University, in the broadest possible sense, the “destination of choice?”
The answer lies in the quality of our people and programs, the inclusiveness of our culture, and the transformational power of our commitment to entrepreneurship, innovation, student success and scholarship. We will utilize our strengths to the fullest. We will continue to develop programs of distinction across the breadth of our university to meet the ever-changing needs of Kansas, the nation and the world.
Our Honors College is a program of distinction. It is designed to welcome to our University family our country's brightest minds. You have the unique opportunity to join our inaugural class. You will be challenged, nurtured, invigorated and you will love every minute of it!
Come join the Tiger family! Come and make history at Fort Hays State University! We are eager to welcome you!
Mirta M. Martin, Ph.D.
Fort Hays State University
2015-2016 Honors College Students
View the list of the 2015-2016 Honors College Students and scholarship recipients.
Honors College Brochure
Download the Honors College Brochure (PDF)
Download the Honors College Mission Statement (DOCX)
Matt Means, Director, FHSU Honors College, Forsyth Library Room 74
firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-628-4748 (email is best)
Cameron Rohleder, Student Administrative Assistant and Student Associate Director, Honors College, Forsyth Library Room 72
Reinette Strydom, Student Marketing/Publicity Director and Vice President of Communications, Fort Hays Honors Society, Forsyth Library Room 72
Michelle Klepper, President, Fort Hays Honor Society, Forsyth Library Room 72, 785-628-4744
Why Choose FHSU?
Hometown: Hays, Kansas
Major: Physics and Pre-Engineering
"From that first moment, I knew this would be THE place that would springboard me onto the rest of my life. I found it hard to ignore that I could achieve something great here at FHSU."
Hometown: Ellinwood, Kansas
Major: Business Management
"FHSU is a great place because it truly is a family. Everyone on campus is here to help you succeed and follow your dreams."
Hometown: Marysville, Kansas
Major: Athletic Training
"I am attending FHSU because I like the smaller campus size and my family lives close by in Ellis and will be able to help me raise my daughter while I attend school."
Hometown: Mission, Kansas
Major: Political Science
"FHSU was a school I could see myself going to. Some schools that I visited were very nice but just didn't have the same feel."
Hometown: Holdrege, Nebraska
Major: Medical Diagnostic Imaging
"Fort Hays has the program for my major that I liked the best, and when I stepped on campus I immediately loved it. It’s gorgeous and I don’t think I’ll get lost."
Hometown: Topeka, KS
"I am attending FHSU to play basketball, because I really enjoyed my visit, and because I think it has excellent academic programs and lots of activities."
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Major: Media Studies
"I decided to attend FHSU because of the radio and television programs, and the open-ended nature of activities."
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Major: Social Work
"I decided to attend FHSU because I like the size of the university and the cost."