Opportunities

Honors has unique opportunities that benefit students throughout their academic careers. Please read through the information below to find opportunities that you may be interested in exploring.

Each of these questions will link you to appropriate answers. On the main Prospective Students page, you can find links to (1) general program information (2) applying, and (3) what to expect in your first year.

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Honors Housing & Community

One of the first areas of impact, beyond determining where to attend, is deciding where to live. Honors Housing is an option for Honors students who wish to extend their intellectual lives beyond the classroom and live in community with like-minded peers. You are not required to live in Honors Housing.You are welcome to choose to live in other residence halls if you wish, and students can be in Honors and also be members of one of the other Michigan Learning Communities (for example, the Residential College, Lloyd Hall Scholars, Michigan Community Scholars, Health Science Scholars, etc.) that do require students to live in their residence halls.

The Honors Program works closely with the Housing Office to accommodate the Honors students who wish to live in Honors Housing each year; however, because we can’t predict in advance the number of incoming and returning students who will request Honors Housing, space cannot be guaranteed. To increase your chances of getting a space in Honors Housing, you should apply to the Honors Program as soon as you are admitted to LSA and pay your enrollment deposit as soon as you are certain that you plan to attend UM.

As we have limited space in Honors Housing, you may not live with another student unless they are also in Honors; however, you can select to live in standard University housing together.

Please note, however, that students must decide whether they will apply to Honors Housing or a residential learning community.  Students who apply to a residential Michigan Learning Community on the Housing application are not eligible to apply for Honors Housing, even if that application is unsuccessful.  Students who are denied admission to a residential learning community will enter standard University housing and, if eligible, can reapply for Honors Housing the following year.

Use this link for additional Housing details.

Sophomore Honors Award

After the end of your second year, you are eligible for the Sophomore Honors Award if you have completed eight Honors courses, including two Text & Ideas courses (see current list under Current Students/Academic Information), maintained a 3.7+ GPA and have completed a minimum of fourteen credit hours a semester. This is a departmental award and does not appear on your transcript, yet it is available for your resume and graduate school applications. 

Continuing in Honors After the First Two Years

This link will tell you more about continuing in Honors beyond your first two years, either through Honors in the Liberal Arts or an Honors Concentration.

Honors Summer Fellowship Program Link

Click here for more information on the Honors Summer Fellowship Program, which provides stipends for students who are doing thesis research work over the spring/summer terms.

Honors Jobs: Honors Resident Advisors, Honors Peer Mentors, Honors Temp Staff, and Honors Ambassadors

Throughout the year, notices will appear in our weekly newsletter, This Week in Honors, as well as on the News Feed of the website, announcing job opportunities to Honors students. While HRAs work fall and winter semesters, HPMs additionally have summer employment options, as do Honors Temp Staff. Honors Ambassadors are on-call throughout the year, welcoming prospective students by appointment. 

Scholarships, Research & Travel Grants

For your first year at U-M, your financial information and assistance will be processed through the Office of Financial Aid. There is no financial aid/freshman scholarship through Honors for the freshman year. 

Following your first year, however, the Honors Program works with students who wish to apply for major national scholarships and fellowships. The application process varies from award to award.  We encourage you to visit our Scholarship Information page or the website of the scholarship in which you are interested to check for eligibility, download or print application materials, read applications from former winners, learn about available programs, and find a considerable amount of helpful information. 

The LSA Honors Program also awards several scholarships, prizes and research grants to current and graduating Honors students. Honors encourages students to pursue other scholarship and fellowship opportunities and will be happy to offer advice and feedback about the application materials.