Prospective Honors Students

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Dear prospective student,

As a member of the Honors Program at CMU you will actively participate in one of the top honors programs in the nation.   

You will immerse yourself in a transformative college experience.

Our program has all the resources of a large research university and the personal touch of a small liberal arts college.

In joining this program,​ you will be surrounded by caring faculty and staff who are committed to helping you reach your highest potential.

The Honors Scholar Program is a comprehensive fully-enriched academic experience for high academic ability students who seek to aim higher and achieve more meaningfully through unique educational opportunities and experiences.

Four core values guide our students:

  • Critical thought, scholarly inquiry, and creative expression
  • Respect and appreciation for diverse peoples and ideas in a global society
  • High standards for integrity and personal aspirations
  • Active citizenship and service for the greater good

Honors students comprise 4 percent of the CMU student body and enroll in unique special topic Honors courses taught by top CMU faculty in a variety of settings from Mt. Pleasant’s campus, to the Appalachian Trail, to places like Bermuda, Florence, and Beijing. In addition, Honors students enroll in global citizenship courses which include study abroad opportunities, special diversity courses, and foreign language study. Honors students are strongly encouraged to engage in undergraduate research and creative endeavors with CMU faculty as early as their first semester at CMU. Ultimately, each Honors students will complete a capstone senior project in their discipline in collaboration with a CMU faculty member with an expectation that the results be published or presented in a professional forum. Honors students also take part in meaningful service opportunities in areas in which they are passionate, reside in Honors housing, and take part in the countless cultural and social events that comprise our vibrant Honors Community!

If the Honors Program mission and core values are a good fit with your own expectations and belief system, and if you desire to fully engage in the life of the university, then we invite you to be part of our community. A community of academic leaders with limitless potential, who aim higher and achieve more, meaningfully.


Click here for information on how to apply to the CMU Honors Program