Eastern Michigan University

Honors College

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Applying to Honors

honors orientationThe Honors College seeks talented students with demonstrated intellectual achievement who desire an engaging and challenging academic program.

Students pursuing University Honors enter as freshmen. Most students entering as transfer students begin with Departmental Honors. Approximately 300 students are admitted to the Honors College each year.

Our competitive first-year applicants have earned a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and a 25 on the ACT. Competitive Transfer, Current EMU students, and Second Bachelor's Degree students have earned a minimum 3.5 from an accredited post-secondary institution and have completed at least 15 college-level credit hours.

The admissions committee looks at a variety of factors that point toward a student's success for Honors work. High GPA and ACT scores are important, but admissions decisions are made through an assessment of each student's academic success and extra-curricular involvement. 

The criteria considered by the admissions committee include:

  • Previous academic performance
  • Class rank
  • ACT scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A personal essay describing personal, academic, and career goals
  • Students may also need to meet specific program requirements.

Prospective Honors students should complete an Honors College application. This application is separate from the application to Eastern Michigan University.

For questions and more information about Honors admission, please contact the Honors College office at 734.487.0341 or emuhonors@emich.edu.