FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I was not admitted to the Honors Program right out of high school. Can I still apply to and be part of the CMU Honors Program?
Yes! Each year Honors reserves space for a number of current and transfer students to be admitted through the Honors Program Track II admission process.
What are the Honors Program Admission criteria for current and transfer students?
Honors Program Track II applicants must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or higher, or have completed an Honors Program curriculum at another institution.
What requirements must current and transfer Honors students complete in order to graduate from the Honors Program?
*The following protocol requirements are in draft form and are currently awaiting approval through the Academic Senate curricular approval process, and are expected to be in place beginning Fall 2014.
Honors Program Track II applicants must:
- Enroll in HON 300 (1), Introduction to Honors, during their first fall semester in the Honors program.
- Complete an HON-designator Honors seminar course (3) during the first or second semester in the Honors Program.
- In addition they must complete at least 9 additional credits of Honors coursework before graduation from CMU, (in addition to HON 499). Honors coursework is defined as HON classes, H-designated classes, and Honors Contracts successfully completed. Honors Contracts may be used to fulfill a maximum of 6 of these 9 credits, with the approval of the Honors Director.
- To enhance exposure to cultural diversity (the study of a cultural aspect substantially different than one's own culture either in or outside the United States for college credit), complete a minimum of 3-4 credit hours of the following at the college level: Study Abroad courses for college credit; HON 309, Honors Global Diversity; Foreign Language Courses; American Sign Language Courses; and/or Honors Cultural Diversity courses approved by the Honors Council.
- Complete 90 service hours during one's time at CMU. Up to 30 hours earned in HON 310, Honors Academic Service Learning, can be applied to this requirement.
- Complete an Honors Senior Project and simultaneously enroll in HON 499 (3).
Note: At least 6 credits total of Honors coursework must be taken at the 300 level or above (in addition to HON 499). Also, students are required to to earn a grade of B- or better in all H, HON, or Honors Contract courses. And Honors students must maintain a cumulative CMU grade point average of 3.25 to remain active in and graduate from the Honors Program.
When can current and transfer students apply to the Honors Program?
Applicants must apply to Honors by March 15 of the spring semester immediately preceding the desired fall admission term. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than the first week in April.
Track II Honors Application Fall 2014.doc.docx
How do I know if Honors is right for me?
- It depends...Beyond what you can offer with impressive high school credentials, do you see yourself as a true academic scholar--as someone who desires to fully engage in the life of the University both in and outside the classroom?
- Before applying to the Honors Scholar Program at CMU we ask students to reflect on the question, "Is Honors the right fit for me?" by reviewing the Honors Program Mission and Vision Statement as well as its four core values. How closely do our four core values seem to fit with who you are as an individual?
- Are you motivated in the classroom by more than earning just a letter grade? Is it exciting to imagine yourself engaging in lively discussions with top CMU faculty and a diverse group of high academic-ability peers who will challenge you to think in new ways? Do you see yourself as a participant in a research group or creative project team? Are you intrigued by the opportunity to study abroad in places like Europe, China, and South Africa? Do you have a desire to serve others for the greater good?
- In short, are you someone who has aspirations to aim higher and achieve more to make the world a better place?
- If you can answer yes to most of these questions then we invite you to apply to the Honors Scholars Program at CMU!
What are the benefits to being in the Honors Program?
Smaller class sizes
- Unique curriculum offers alternative specialized ways to meet general education requirements
- Caring and dedicated Honors faculty willing to mentor students 1:1 in their discipline
- Special opportunities to take Honors courses taught across the U.S. and around the globe
- Ability to live and learn with other high academic ability Honors students in Honors housing
- Opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research projects and creative endeavors.
- Specialized Academic Advising, including completion of an Academic Planning Document
- Priority Registration
- Access to advising/mentoring for National Scholarships
- Opportunities to participate in Honors cultural and enrichment activities
How many students are in the CMU Honors Program?
- Approximately 800 students, or about 4% of the CMU on-campus student body, are members of the CMU Honors Program.
Is there an Honors scholarship for admitted current and transfer students in the Honors Program?
At this point in time Honors scholarships are not available for Track II applicants. CMU does have a limited number of merit scholarships available to students who meet certain criteria. Interested students should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to determine eligibility.
Is Honors housing available for current and transfer students?
Depending on the year there may be space available in Larzelere Hall, the Honors living/learning community on campus. Interested students should contact the Office of Residence Life for more information.