Applying to The Honors College

Please see the admissions requirements below based on your student type. You should prepare these materials prior to starting your application.

Admissions Requirements

  • Incoming First-Year Freshmen

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    3.5 GPA or higher and a 1200 SAT/25 ACT or higher

    • Student contact information
    • Personal essay
    • Two professional/academic references (with valid email address)

    Less than 3.5 GPA and/or less than 1200 SAT/25 ACT

    • Student contact information
    • Personal essay
    • Two professional/academic references (with a valid email address) who will each provide a letter of recommendation
  • Current EMU Student 

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    3.5 GPA or higher and 15 or more EMU credits completed

    • Student contact information
    • Personal essay
    • One professional/academic reference

    Less than 3.5 GPA or less than 15 EMU credits completed

    • Student contact information
    • Personal essay
    • One professional/academic reference (with a valid email address) who will provide a letter of recommendation
  • Incoming Transfer Students

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    3.5 transfer GPA or higher and 15 or more transfer credits

    • Student contact information
    • Personal essay
    • One professional/academic reference

    Less than 3.5 transfer GPA or less than 15 transfer credits

    • Student contact information
    • Personal essay
    • One professional/academic reference (with a valid email address) who will provide a letter of recommendation 

Application Materials

Academic/Professional References

The individuals you submit to provide a reference will be prompted for letters of recommendation (if applicable). References should be given by 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 an academic advisor 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.

Personal Essay

Please attach an essay describing your academic and personal accomplishments and career goals. Explain how your experiences have prepared you for success at EMU and in Honors coursework. In a concluding statement, express the nature and extent of your proposed commitment to The Honors College. If you are not a competitive applicant, please explain your circumstances and other characteristics that can demonstrate your ability to succeed in The Honors College. Your essay should be a minimum of 500 words, 12-point font with 1-inch margins. 

There is no deadline for the application and students may apply at any time.

For questions and more information about Honors admission, please contact The Honors College office at 734.487.0341 or [email protected].

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