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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. See which pathway below 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: 

  • Composite SAT score of 1150 or higher or ACT of 25 or higher
  • High School GPA: 92 or above

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**

*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.

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.

Criterion for admissions:

  • GPA: 3.3 or higher

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.

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. 

Criterion for admissions:

  • GPA: 3.3 or higher

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

All students satisfying the above criteria for any pathway will need to complete the on-line application form and and submit an essay (approximately 1000 words) reflecting critically and honestly upon the place of a liberal arts curriculum in a college education.

The Honors Program is committed to a strong liberal arts curriculum as a way to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. Increasingly, however, we hear that a college education is simply a means to ensure future employment.  Indeed, with the rising cost of college, the social and economic pressures to find meaningful employment after graduation have increased tremendously. The Honors Program at Fredonia take these issues seriously, but we also believe that a liberal arts curriculum is an essential part of a college education and helps to prepare students for success as professionals and as citizens.

So as you imagine your college experience and place within the Honors Program, what do you think about a liberal arts education? Do you think it is valuable to your academic goals? Or do you think it is an impediment to your career objectives?

To help you think about these question, please consult the following short articles:

To be clear, we are not looking for a right answer. Rather, we are interested in your views on the value (or lack thereof) of a liberal arts education.

Essays will be assessed on how effectively the applicant addresses the prompt question and the quality of the writing. 

To submit your Honors Program application and essay:  

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

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