“The University Honors Program cultivates the minds of inquisitive students who want to make the most out of their college experience. It offers talented students membership in a dynamic community and unique opportunities on campus and around the world.”

Gillian Small, Ph.D., University Provost



Fairleigh Dickinson University provides high-achieving students with academic opportunities and special programming through Honors Academy and University Honors programs.

FDU Honors Academy

Students in the FDU Honors Academy join an exclusive cohort of motivated students from a wide variety of disciplines. Together, you will work closely to explore and address common problems and critical global issues such as sustainability, human rights, and the impact of technology on modern life.

Honors Program

The University Honors Program offers gifted and motivated students the opportunity to pursue a course of college study that combines a broad liberal education with intensive, guided study in a particular major field of interest. The Honors Program encourages experiential learning outside of the classroom.

Global Scholars

Global Scholars students complete an organized and integrated course of study that combines intensive academic multi-disciplinary learning environments with a cross-spectrum of cultural living experiences on and off campus. This program is only on the Metropolitan Campus.

Typical profile of incoming honors students in fall 2019:

Average HS GPA
Average SAT
Average ACT

Program benefits at a glance

Benefit Honors Academy University
Honors Program
Global Scholars,
Metro Campus
Interdisciplinary seminar curriculum    
Additional scholarship    
Two-campus community    
Regional honors conference  
Senior thesis or capstone in major  
Option for specialized housing
International travel opportunities
On-campus activities
Experiences in NYC metro area
Specialized courses
Individualized advising  

Admission requirements

In order to be eligible for each program, incoming freshmen must meet the minimum GPA and either the minimum SAT or ACT score and must submit the application and any other items listed below. Please note that evidence of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) are required and must be submitted for all honors applications. More details are listed on the FDU Honors Application.

  Honors Academy Honors Program Global Scholars, Metro Campus
High School GPA 3.75 3.25 Cumulative HS GPA x 200 +
Combined SAT Score
= 1,900 or greater
SAT Score 1360 1220
ACT Score 29 25
Recommendation Letter  

All programs have opportunities for transfer students and current FDU students to join after their freshman year. Please contact the specific program for more details.

How to apply

You can apply for one or both programs in honors on either of the New Jersey campuses.


Be sure to follow up on the online application process by emailing copies of your test scores to fduhonors@fdu.edu.

Also, if you’re applying to the Honors Academy, be sure to request that your teacher send a letter of recommendation to fduhonors@fdu.edu.

For more information

Honors Academy: honorsacademy@fdu.edu Florham Campus: florhamhonors@fdu.edu Metro Campus: honorsprogrammet@fdu.edu

Honors Office

Florham Campus:

285 Madison Ave, M-MS3-03, Madison, NJ 07940


Metropolitan Campus:

1000 River Road, T-RH2-07, Teaneck, NJ 07666


[email: fduhonors@fdu.edu]

Honors Staff

Dr. April Patrick
University Director of Honors
973-443-8744 / 201-692-2407

Ms. Christina Reneo
Honors Coordinator

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