FDU Honors Academy

A distinguished community of interdisciplinary scholars

“Created to serve a small group of truly exceptional students, the FDU Honors Academy provides an intellectually rigorous and personally fulfilling experience. It is an ideal alternative for ambitious top-tier students who seek academic rigor and one-of-a-kind opportunities.”

Gillian Small, Ph.D., University Provost

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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.

You will benefit from a rigorous, unique curriculum that will shape the way you view complex issues through applied research opportunities, creative projects, or partnerships with faculty and industry professionals. A select network of professors, administrators, advisors and accomplished professionals — who are all invested in your success — will provide you with personalized guidance throughout your journey at FDU.

Benefits

Honors students enjoy a number of exciting benefits during their time at FDU at no cost to the student. Some of these include:

  • Prestige of admission into FDU’s most prestigious cohort and relationships with counterparts at both Metropolitan and Florham Campuses
  • Specialized curriculum led by teams of faculty from both NJ Campuses
  • Wroxton Summer Seminar and other Academy short-term study abroad opportunities and service-learning trips (subsidized but not fully paid by the Honors Academy)
  • Regional travel to present research at annual Northeast Regional Honors Conference
  • Research opportunities and mentorship from individual faculty mentor in major
  • Mentorship from a personally-matched upperclass honors student
  • Engagement with prestigious guest speakers selected to meet with Academy students
  • Sense of community among an incredibly diverse group of honors students
  • On-campus social activities beginning with a Pre-Semester Retreat before the first year
  • Off-campus activities connected to World Science Festival and to places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Access to unique academic, internship, and scholarship opportunities
  • Opportunity for honors housing (not required)
  • Specialized honors academic advising and priority registration
  • Designation on degree, transcript, and in graduation program

The Honors Academy is designed to take advantage of the cultural and intellectual richness of New York City, and Honors Academy students benefit from its proximity to campus.  

Curriculum

Students in the Honors Academy take a five-semester series of courses together. These courses are team-taught by pairs of faculty from varying fields and encourage an interdisciplinary approach to major issues like sustainability, humanity and technology, and human rights.

The sequence of courses includes:

  • Freshman Fall: HON 1001 (replaces UNIV 1001) and Honors ENGW/ENWR 1001
  • Freshman Spring: HON 1002 (replaces ENGW 1002)
  • Sophomore Fall: HON 2001 (replaces UNIV 2001)
  • Sophomore Spring: HON 2002 (replaces UNIV 2002)
  • Junior Fall: HON 3001 (covers GenEd req)

Students can always take other honors courses to fulfill major or GenEd requirements. In their senior year, students complete a thesis or capstone project with a faculty mentor from their major.

Admission Requirements

In addition to your FDU Application for Admission, incoming first year students applying for the Honors Academy must complete The Honors at FDU Application. Honors Academy Applicants are also required to provide Two Letters of Recommendation: one from a teacher in arts, language, or humanities and one from a teacher in science, technology, or math. The Priority Deadline is December 1. The Regular Deadline is January 1. If any spots remain after that, Academy applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

They are highly motivated students with a wide variety of academic and co-curricular interests. Many bring in AP and other credits towards their degrees.

Program Requirements

Maintain minimum cumulative GPA that increases at the end of each academic year

  • Sophomore Year: 3.5
  • Junior Year: 3.6
  • Senior Year: 3.7

Graduate with 3.75 GPA

Complete Senior Thesis or Capstone Project with faculty mentor

Take the Honors Academy Seminars

  • HON 1001 (replaces UNIV 1001)
  • HON 1002 (replaces ENGW/ENWR 1002)
  • HON 2001 (replaces UNIV 2001)
  • HON 2002 (replaces UNIV 2002)
  • HON 3001 (covers GenEd req)

Contact us

Dr. April Patrick
University Director of Honors
973-443-8744 / 201-692-2407
patricka@fdu.edu
Ms. Christina Reneo
Honors Coordinator
973-443-8744
creneo@fdu.edu

Office Locations

Florham Campus

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

Metro Campus

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

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