Prospective Honors Students

The Honors Scholar Program at Central Michigan University

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 scholars comprise 4% 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 Scholars 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 Scholar 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 Scholars 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!


Is Honors 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?  How closely do the four core values seem to fit with who you are an individual?  Are you motivated in the classroom by more than just earning 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 endeavor team?  Are you intrigued by the opportunity to study other cultures first hand in places like Europe, China, and South Africa? Are you passionate about serving 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?


At this point in time all Honors Scholar offers available for fall 2014 admission have been made. Though not likely, but should spots become available, interested new applicants (who did not compete in fall 2013 at the Centralis and Honors Scholarship Competition) can apply through the regular admissions process, in which case the applications are due March 1. Students who competed at the Centralis and Honors Scholarship Competition in fall 2013 who did not receive an award will be also be considered if any spots become available.



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