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One Community, Three Pathways

The Honors Program at SUNY Fredonia welcomes high-achieving and engaged students at all stages of their college careers.

Select the pathway below that best describes you, then scroll down to see how to apply

First-Year Students Transfer Students Current Fredonia Students

High-achieving high school students will be invited to join Fredonia's Honors Program after they are accepted to the college. 

Criteria to be invited: 

  • High School GPA: 92 or above
  • Honors application including essay (to be completed after invitation)
  • (Optional) Composite SAT score of 1150 or higher or ACT of 25 or higher

Students interested in the Honors Program are encouraged to reach out and ask for consideration. 

Completion of the program will require maintaining a GPA at or above 3.3 and successfully completing 18 credits of Honors coursework*:

  • 6 credits in Fredonia Foundations Honors courses
  • 6 credits in Upper-Level Honors Seminars
  • 3 additional credits from either category above
  • 3 credits in a Senior Project**

 

High-achieving transfer students who have completed at least 15 credit hours at another 2- or 4-year institution are encouraged to apply for admission to the Honors Program.

Criteria for admissions:

For students with 15-45 credit hours completed, completion of the program will require maintaining a GPA at or above 3.3 and successfully completing 15-18 credits of Honors coursework*:

  • 6 credits in Fredonia Foundations Honors courses
  • 6 or 9 credits in Upper-Level Honors Seminars
  • 3 credits in a Senior Project**

For students who have completed 45 credit hours and above prior to application, completion of the program will require taking 12 credits (in addition to maintaining a GPA at or above 3.3):

  • 0-3 credits in Fredonia Foundations Honors courses
  • 6-9 credits in Upper-Level Honors Seminars
  • 3 credits in a Senior Project**

Fredonia faculty and staff may nominate high-achieving current students for admission to the Honors Program or students may contact the Program Director to convey interest in completing the application. Students must have completed at least 15 credit hours. 

Criteria for admissions:

For students with 15-45 credit hours completed, completion of the program will require maintaining a GPA at or above 3.3 and successfully completing 15-18 credits of Honors coursework*:

  • 6 credits in Fredonia Foundations Honors courses
  • 6 or 9 credits in Upper-Level Honors Seminars
  • 3 credits in a Senior Project**

For students who have completed 45 credit hours and above prior to application, completion of the program will require taking 12 credits (in addition to maintaining a GPA at or above 3.3):

  • 0-3 credits in Fredonia Foundations Honors courses
  • 6-9 credits in Upper-Level Honors Seminars
  • 3 credits in a Senior Project**

*Students may substitute part of the program requirements with an applied-learning project, which includes study abroad, internship, service learning, thesis, or volunteer project. Students must consult the Program Director prior to the experience to receive credit and to complete a learning contract.

**Students must submit a completed Senior Project form to the Program Director the semester prior to enrollment.

How to Apply

Eligible students should complete the hyperlinked application, which includes a well-crafted, original personal essay, video or other creative response to the prompt below. Although SAT/ACT test scores are not required, if you have them, please submit them to the Admissions Office. 

Students who may not meet the criteria above may still apply. Tell us--in the personal response or an additional essay or multimedia work--what test scores and GPAs can't capture about who you are, what you have achieved, and why we'd be missing out if we relied only on objective criteria (e.g., GPA and test scores).

Fall 2021 applications open on Indigenous Peoples' Day, October 12, 2020. Preference will be given to applications received by Friday, February 19, 2021; however, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For Spring 2021 inquiries, please email honors.program@fredonia.edu.

 

Personal Response:

Over the past year, the world as we know it has suddenly changed. Whether we are discussing the global pandemic of racism or of COVID-19, for many, it has been scary and, for too many, economically or personally devastating. But it has also been a time of increased awareness and kindness, intensified community, and remarkably rapid transformation in how we interact--whether at work or at home; mobilize for change and share knowledge.

We want to know more about your experience. Address one of the following questions in an original response. That response may be a well-written essay, multimedia work (e.g., video, podcast), or an original composition:

      1. How have you taken care of yourself and, perhaps, of your family or your geographical and/or
          virtual communities during this time?
OR

       2. What strategies have you used or developed to meet the challenges that have arisen?
OR
       3. What may have changed for you--or what have you consciously and intentionally learned, explored
           or changed--amid these unprecedented circumstances?

Please explain how your experiences have impacted what you want to do in the future, including with your college career. How might the resources of the Fredonia Honors Program--and/or of the campus overall--help you get there? What might we need to know or do better to support you on your journey to learn, lead, live @FredoniaHonors?

I certify the accuracy of all materials submitted on this form and that all work is my own.

Criteria:
Submissions will be assessed based on their quality and originality, as well as their effectiveness in addressing the prompt. Please note any sources that you use--we'd love to know where you draw ideas from. Do give credit where credit is due. Any applications plagiarized in part or in whole will be rejected.

Apply to Honors Program

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director, Natalie Gerber.

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