Frequently Asked Questions

Are there extra fees to be a member of The Honors College?

There are no additional costs for being a member of The Honors College or for taking Honors courses. In fact, The Honors College awards many special fellowships and grants to support undergraduate research, study abroad, the senior thesis, and conference travel.

When should I apply to The Honors College?

The Honors College accepts applications on a roll-in basis and students can apply at any time during their college experience. Students typically need more than a year to complete at least one type of Honors, however, and depending on their research, maybe more. However, it is best for a student to apply as soon as they can so that they have more types of Honors they can pursue.

How do I apply?

For information on the application process, visit the Applying to Honors page.

What are my requirements?

To see a list of the requirements for the three different types of Honors, visit the Types of Honors page. You can also refer to the Honors Student Handbooks for your year of entrance for more information on requirements.

What is an Honors Contract?

An Honors contract is a mutual agreement between a student, professor, and departmental honors advisor in order to gain Honors credit for the following situations:

  • regular non-Honors courses
  • independent studies
  • graduate courses for undergraduate Honors credit
  • Nonstandard curricular variations (i.e. undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, fieldwork, clinical work, and co-operative education).

Students can earn Honors credit in a regular non-Honors class through an Honors contract. Usually, this involves performing some additional challenging class work designed to enrich the experience in the course. The Honors Contract project may be a research paper, class presentation, lecture, lab experiment, special set of readings, or even a series of discussions with the instructor- anything that will enable a student to examine an aspect of the course in greater depth. While the contract is arranged with the instructor in the course, it is subject to the approval of the Departmental Honors Advisor.

What is the process for completing an Honors Contract?

To complete an Honors contract, fill out the Honors Contract form [PDF]. A completed Honors contract form must be submitted to The Honors College. Such forms can also be obtained from the Honors office, or picked up from the Departmental Honors Advisor. It requires a brief description of your project and needs approval signatures from the project supervisor and the Departmental Honors Advisor (and in some cases the Honors College Director). It is the student's responsibility to fill out the form completely, to obtain all the appropriate signatures, and to turn the form into the Honors College office.

You must arrange all Honors contract credits early in the semester in which you expect to earn the credit. The due date for Honors contracts is October 15th for the Fall semester, February 15thfor the Winter, and by the end of the first week of classes for Summer sessions A and B.

Please refer to the Honors Student Handbooks for more information on Honors contracts.

Do I have to take an Honors course every semester?

We require that students earn Honors credit on a regular basis in order to assist them in completing their Honors requirements. If for two consecutive semesters no Honors credit is earned, Honors membership will be discontinued at the end of the second semester. Honors students tend to do especially well in Honors sections, so consider taking as many of your classes through Honors as can be accommodated into your academic program. For more information on maintaining Honors membership, see the Honors Student Handbooks for your specific year of entrance.

Are Honors courses more difficult?

Honors Courses at EMU aren't designed to be "more difficult" than other courses. Rather, they're capped at 20 which provides opportunity for them to be discussion-based, helping to create a sense of community between students and the faculty teaching the courses. These discussion-based courses create more opportunity for students to get help when they may have questions about a concept. Because they have only 20 students, a lot of our students have reported that they get to know their instructors and feel comfortable contacting them when they do have questions or concerns. In this sense, Honors courses aren't "more difficult" but create a collaborative, interactive, engaging learning community similar to some high school honors or AP courses and tailored to the learning needs of Honors students.

How often should I see an advisor?

You should meet regularly with your Honors College advisor for your general education and honors requirements. You should meet regularly with your departmental advisors also, in order to build an effective advising relationship. Advising appointments are an opportunity for you to plan for the next semester and to ensure that you are complying with your degree requirements. You should also seek out your advisors for any other questions you may have, because they are a great resource.

You can meet with your advisor anytime during the semester. Remember that during peak times (like registration), advisors will be very busy, so it is a good idea to plan ahead and schedule an appointment early on.

How do I schedule an appointment with an Honors advisor?

You can schedule an appointment easily and conveniently through our online portal, found on the Advising page.

When are scholarship applications due?

For a list of scholarships and their due dates, see the Scholarships and Awards page.

What happens if I can't get hold of my honors departmental advisor to get a signature?

If you are having trouble reaching your departmental honors advisor, contact your department head or The Honors College.

Do I have to write a paper for every Star Lecture?

Students following the 2013-2014 handbook or later who wish to graduate with University Honors must attend at least three out of six Star Lecture Series presentations in one academic year. This does not necessarily have to take place in your first year; however, we encourage you to attend as soon as possible. In order to complete the requirement, students must submit a one-page reflection paper on what they saw, learned, and thought of the lectures they attended. The paper should be at least one page, double-spaced, and should be submitted to the Honors College office with a completed Honors Experience form.

Students following the 2012-2013 handbook and earlier who wish to graduate with University Honors can complete their Community-Based Intellectual and Cultural Honors Experience by attending three out of six Star Lecture Series presentations in one academic year. There are other ways that a student can complete this requirement for University Honors as well. In order to complete the requirement, students must submit a one-page reflection paper on what they saw, learned, and thought of the lectures they attended. The paper should be at least one page, double-spaced, and should be submitted to the Honors College office with a completed Honors Experience form.

How do I track my Honors requirements?

When you were initially admitted into the Honors College, you attended an Honors Orientation. At this session you learned about the Honors requirements and received various check-sheets to make tracking your progress easy. As you complete different requirements, be sure to check them off on your list. Periodically, meet with an Honors College advisor and bring your sheet with you to verify your progress.

Where do I purchase Honors apparel?

Honors apparel can be purchased on the Apparel page.

Does The Honors College offer online Honors courses?

No, The Honors College does not offer online courses. If a student has a unique reason why The Honors College should consider allowing them to earn Honors credit for an online course through an Honors contract, they should contact our office to speak further about the situation.

Can International Students apply to The Honors College?

Yes. Please refer to our online application and follow the instructions for what to expect when you apply.

What is the Honors Wellness Corner?

The Wellness Corner is located underneath the main stairs. It's a great place to relax and unwind if you need to catch your breath and regroup. There's a rocking chair, sofa, and recliner. You can also find helpful wellness resources and handouts.

How can I be involved with The Honors College as an alumni?

If you would like to stay involved with The Honors College as an alum, you can connect with us through our Alumni Mentor Program, and events such as our Soaring to Success Panel. We typically send our alumni 4 to 6 emails a year with updates and reminders. These emails will have all upcoming events and opportunities included. We also send out a quarterly newsletter which features both students and alumni. If you would like to be featured in the newsletter or have any questions about our Honors alumni programming, please email [email protected].

Can the Honors Reception Room be rented for events?

The Honors College Reception Hall and Auditorium spaces are available to reserve by any EMU faculty or staff member. We currently are not able to reserve the space for students or outside organizations. Student organizations may reserve the space only if there is an EMU faculty or staff member that will be present and that will assume responsibility for securing the building if necessary.

Can I repeat an Honors course?

There are consequences to repeating courses. We encourage you to see an Honors College academic advisor to explore your options. Visit the catalog site for the university policy regarding course repeats.

When will I be notified of my acceptance into The Honors College?

Students can expect up to two weeks after all of their materials have been received (personal essay, letters of recommendation, if applicable).

How many students are in The Honors College?

There are 1,634 students in The Honors College.

When applying to The Honors College, who should write my letter of recommendation?

Various individuals would be appropriate; however, individuals who can best represent who you are academically and professionally. Specifically, we like to hear about your classroom experiences, and therefore, teachers and/or professors frequently provide letters. However, supervisors, community members, and advisors are other examples who provide recommendation letters too. We discourage individuals who only know you personally, such as family members, friends, and friends of the family unless they taught and/or supervised you.

What kind of activities count as Honors community service hours?

Honors programming offers annual service events in which Honors students give back to the local Ypsilanti community. Some of these events include our Growing Hope service event, our annual Card Making event, our Fall Celebration and our Blanket Making event.

Are there any student organizations within The Honors College?

Honors students comprise a remarkably diverse group that spans varying geographic areas and individual backgrounds. They pursue majors and minors from each of the five colleges on campus.

Do you want to get involved? Honors has many programs to help you stay connected with our community of students. No matter what your interests, there's a place for you. Visit the Student Organizations page to learn more.

Who can I contact for any other general questions that were not listed?

Email [email protected].