Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
- Why should I join Honors?
- What are the median test scores and GPAs of people who are accepted into the program?
- Do I wait for an email to apply? If I receive an email, am I more likely to get in?
- Can I do a Joint Degree Program?
- If I'm Pre-med or Pre-law, is this for me?
- Will being in Honors impact my GPA?
- Can I be enrolled in the Ross School of Business and Honors? If I intend to apply to Ross, is Honors a good initial fit?
- Does Honors have a Study Abroad program?
- Does Honors offer scholarships to incoming students?
Each of these questions will link you to appropriate answers. On the main Prospective Students page, you can find links to information on (1) applying, (2) opportunities for Honors students, and (3) what to expect in your first year.
Honors provides students with the opportunity to intellectually engage in a community of like-minded students, while pursuing greater rigor and depth in their studies. Honors is a place where students can make connections—connections with other students who are similarly motivated by their love of learning, connections with faculty who are invested in undergraduate education and working with talented, motivated students, as well as connections between different disciplines and ideas. It is a community of people who are committed to intellectual exploration and share a love of learning.
Honors facilitates this community by offering students the opportunity to take a variety of Honors courses, with small class sizes and opportunity to interact with faculty, to receive thoughtful advising, to live in a community of students with similar commitment to their academic journey and the chance to develop into a producer of knowledge during their college career. If these opportunities sound like something you would like to engage in, then Honors could be a great place for you!
Although the exact numbers vary with each new class, median scores provide an average. They do not, however, determine acceptance into Honors. Once you are accepted into LSA, Honors does a holistic review of your entire application, including the Honors essay to make an Honors admission decision. That being said, the class median ACT range is 32-34 and for the SAT, the median range is 1400-1490.
Any student who is admitted to U-M LSA may apply to Honors. Some students, based on their high school performance and test scores, will receive a letter outlining the Honors Program and welcoming them to apply. It is not necessary to wait for such a letter, nor does it imply preferential admittance.
You will find good company; over 60% of our incoming class surveyed said they are on the pre-med/pre-law path. By taking part in intellectually stimulating undergraduate education, the Honors Program will expose you to more critical thinking and research, which will make you a more attractive candidate for professional school. You'll also be better prepared for its challenges. The Honors Program is not, however, designed merely to increase your chances of admission to professional school. While Honors work will likely be viewed favorably by admissions committees, only those students truly committed to pursuing challenging intellectual undergraduate course work should join the Honors Program. The reward is in the journey you will have here.
Many applicants ask if being in Honors will lower the GPA and decrease their chances of getting into graduate school. Our students find that they tend to do as well (or better) in their Honors courses as they do in their other courses, because of the intellectual stimulation offered by these courses. Your best work happens when you are being adequately challenged. Students frequently report that their Honors courses are more engaging than their non-Honors courses, and thus they're motivated to do better work. In addition, graduate schools view Honors work as a sign that you are engaged, motivated, and willing to work hard.
Once you are admitted to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, you may apply to the Honors Program even if you are interested in transferring to the Ross School of Business. You should not think, however, that being in the Honors Program will give you an advantage if you apply to the Business School.
The Honors Program primarily offers opportunities for students with passions in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. If you have expressed interest in another school or college in your UM application, we will admit you to Honors only if it is clear that you also have significant interest in the fields that are studied in LSA.
If you do go on to transfer to Ross, you will then leave the Honors Program. It is possible, however, to pursue a joint degree in LSA and in the School of Business. It is rigorous and requires you to complete 150 credits for graduation. If that becomes your plan, we would be delighted to re-admit you to Honors.
Honors does offer scholarships to current students, as well as support to students who are applying for nationally competitive scholarships. For more information, please visit our Scholarships Information page.