Eligibility Requirements


HONORS PROGRAM

Dr. Meigan M. Fields – Founding Director
(478) 825-6634

Admissions Requirements:

  • Fall Deadline: July 16th
  • Spring Deadline: December 13th

Admissions Requirements

The Fort Valley State University Honors Program has a separate admissions process from the university. Participation in the Honors Program is strictly voluntary; however, students must make an application for admission to the Honors Program, which is contingent upon admission to the University. The criteria for admittance depend on:

First Time in College:

  • Minimum ACT Composite score of 23 or SAT Composite score of 1060 (Math and Critical Reading)
  • Minimum high school Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale (weighted or unweighted)
  • Two letters of recommendation from high school counselors, instructors, or principal
  • Completion of the Honors Program Application, including Questionnaire
  • A copy of the High School Transcript must be submitted to the Admissions Office with the regular application to the University.

Current or Transfer Students:

  • 3.25 College GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation – one must be from a college or university professor
  • Completion of the Honors Program Application, including Questionnaire
  • Official transcript from previous institution – made available to FVSU Registrar.
Documents for the application to the Honors Program must be submitted to the Director of Honors at FVSUHonorsProgram@fvsu.edu.
Honors applications are available online or complete the fillable form and mail to the Director of Honors at FVSUHonorsProgram@fvsu.edu.
The latest point at which students may apply for admissions to the Honors Program is the first semester of their junior year. Students must have at least four semesters remaining, excluding summer.

Benefits of Honors

  • Notation on transcript: “Graduated through the Honors Program”
  • Commencement Medallion
  • Technology Award (i.e., iPad)
  • Study abroad/Study Away and Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Honors Program Student Organization and Leadership Training
  • Mentoring through partnerships with community and business leaders
  • Honors Commons living and learning communities
  • Excellence lectures and forums with leading scholars and policy makers
  • National and regional conference participation with fees sponsored by Honors Program.
All students considered for admission to the Honors Program will be recommended for financial assistance as their needs warrant.
In order to remain active in the Honors Program, students must maintain an overall 3.25 GPA at the end of each academic semester. Students who fall below the overall 3.25 GPA for any semester will forfeit their Honors Program scholarship awards for the duration of the subsequent semester and must at the end of that semester resume the overall 3.25 GPA.
Transfer students will be required to maintain an Institutional overall 3.25 GPA.

Living Community Requirements

The Honors Program will operate as a Living and Learning Community. Students will have designated residential units in the Wildcat Commons and in Ohio Hall. The fees governing these facilities will be determined by the University in combination with any scholarship awards made through the Honors Program.
Students in Ohio Hall may be subject to double occupancy requirements depending on the needs of the University.

The Honors Program requires participants to complete 18 credit hours. Students in the Honors Program will be enrolled in designated Honors courses with other Honors Program participants. Students must also participate in a mandatory Study log/Study Hall.

In order to remain in Honors designated housing, students must maintain an overall 3.25 GPA at the end of each academic semester. Students who fall below the overall 3.25 GPA any semester will forfeit any Honors awards/scholarship, including Honors award for housing the subsequent semester. Students will be responsible for paying for their Housing contract during the semester that he/she does not meet Honors eligibility and must reapply for Honors funding.
The Honors Program accepts students from across the disciplines who will also complete the Honors Program curriculum. Generally, participation in Honors will not result in an increase in the number of required credit hours for graduation. The Honors curriculum includes courses that students would complete as part of their regular requirements. For those majors that do not require specific courses listed in Honors, participants would be exempt from taking them. During the third year, students are required to complete the Seminar in Honors course and make a presentation before the Honors Advisory Committee.

The Honors curriculum is established to emphasize the following:

  1. Critical, integrative, and creative thinking
  2. Group and independent research
  3. Oral presentation
  4. Close contact between students and faculty
  5. Integration of class work with the broader community
Biology Communication English
History Humanities Math
Philosophy Political Science Seminar (including in the Discipline)
All Honors Program participants are required to complete a Service Learning Project.

Program Requirements

Students admitted to the Honors Program are required to complete one of two stratified tracks.

Track I • Honors Scholar Requirements

  • Complete 18 hours of Honors Credits
  • Complete Seminar-in-Honors Thesis/Project with Defense before Honors Committee
  • Attend Honors Program Activities and 40 hours of community service
  • Service Learning Project and Presentation to Honors Advisory Council
  • Present at one Honors Conference or attend a disciplinary or undergraduate research conference.

Track II • Exemplary Scholar Requirements

(Available only to transfer students and juniors or students with four semesters remaining, excluding summer at the time of admission)
  • Complete 12 hours of Honors Credits
  • Complete Seminar-in-Honors Thesis/Project with Defense before Honors Committee
  • Attend Honors Program Activities and 40 hours of community service
  • Service Learning Project and Presentation to Honors Advisory Council
  • Present at two or more Honors Conferences
NOTE: Other conference presentations within a student’s academic discipline may be substituted for at least one Honors Conference requirement. Funding will be available by the Honors Program for presentations at Honors Conferences.

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