Commitments of an Honors Student

Each Honors student commits to:

  • Strive for intellectual autonomy and academic excellence so that we may be prepared to contribute to the advancement of our chosen professions by completing at least ten credit-hours of Honors coursework
    • complete at least 10 credit-hours of Honors coursework with a grade of ‘C’ or higher
  • Contribute our time and energy to advance the public good so that he or she develops as a citizen
    • Service
      • complete 15 hours of community service per academic semester in which he or she is enrolled full-time.
    • Leadership
      • join an RSO (registered student organization), varsity or club (not intramural) sports team, musical ensemble, Ferris theatre production or the Endeavor (the Honors Program newsletter) by the end of his or her first semester in Honors and report your involvement through your HNRS 100 course. 
      • hold a leadership position in your team or RSO and complete a “Leadership Position Report” (found on the Honors Website) by your graduation date.
    • For more information, see the Definition of 'Leadership Position'' in the handbook.
  • Explore his or her cultural and ethical horizons to engage a global society through attending cultural events and seeking out challenging opportunities for service and leadership
  • Participate in the honors community, abiding by the honor code, to foster curiosity, dialogue and intellectual rigor in ourselves and others. 
    • live in an Honors residence hall during 1st year if required to live on campus according to University policy, unless circumstances warrant exception (i.e. physical limitations) 
  • Reflect 
    • complete a report of “Annual Accomplishments in Honors” at the end of each academic year. 
    • complete a “Preparation for Final Year in Honors” report and submit it for approval by the end of the semester one year prior to graduation (i.e. normally the end of the student’s 3rd year or two semesters before he or she plans to participate in senior symposium).
    • complete an "Application for medallion” and submit it by the end of the 12th week of the student’s final semester before graduation.
    • complete a Senior Exit Interview, to be scheduled for your final semester before graduation.


Funded Travel:

  • Students must remain in good standing to be considered for Honors Funded travel.

Transfer students

  • Transfer students are exempt from HNRS 100.
  • Transfer students are expected to complete all of the requirements that are required of him or her according to the number of credits earned.