University Honors Program
“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.”
The University Honors Program offers exceptional students an educational experience that combines advanced, multidisciplinary coursework through all four years with co-curricular activities that give students an opportunity to explore the campus, the local area, and the world.
We provide a network of support through program staff, honors faculty, and peer and community mentors. Students in the University Honors Program receive an education designed to help you reach your full potential. Recent graduates currently attend many of the nation’s leading professional & graduate schools or are employed by NGOs and Fortune 500 corporations.
Academically motivated incoming students are invited to apply to the University Honors Program prior to their freshman year. They may also apply for entry after they have matriculated, having demonstrated superlative academic achievement and a consistent record of leadership and service to the community.
Honors students enjoy a number of exciting benefits during their time at FDU at no cost to the student. Some of these include:
- Regional travel to present research at annual Northeast Regional Honors Conference
- Wroxton Summer Seminar and other honors short-term study abroad opportunities (subsidized but not fully paid by honors)
- Research opportunities and mentorship from individual faculty mentor in major
- Specially-designed honors courses that meet requirements for all majors and are taught by select faculty
- Sense of community among an incredibly diverse group of honors students
- Mentorship from a personally-matched upper class honors student
- On-campus social activities like ice cream social, pizza party, scavenger hunt, dinner-and-theater or dinner-and-game nights, honors formal, movie nights, and game nights
- Off-campus activities like Broadway and other theater trips, movie nights, pumpkin picking, New Jersey Speaker Series, museum visits
- 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 Program is designed to take advantage of the cultural and intellectual richness of New York City, and honors students benefit from its proximity to campus.
The Honors Program offers a rotating list of honors courses in a variety of fields that fulfill requirements for either General Education or specific majors.
In the freshman year, students enroll in Honors sections of Composition I (ENGW/ENWR 1001) and Composition II (ENGW/ENWR 1002), as well as Transitioning to University Life (UNIV 1001). In the junior year, students take one semester to prepare a proposal for the senior thesis or capstone project. In the senior year, students enroll in senior honors research (fall) and senior thesis (spring).
Other Honors courses are made available to our students each semester on a rotating basis.
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If none of the other honors offerings fit a student’s schedule and degree requirements, the student can designate another course as an honors course through a Course Honors Contract. These honors courses include additional special projects that enhance learning and knowledge in the student’s major area of study. The Course Honors Contract is available here.
Admission to the University Honors Program requires both of the following
- High school/college GPA of 3.25 or better
- Minimum SAT score of 1220 or ACT score of 25
Our typical first-year honors students had average SAT scores of over 1300 and ACT scores of 29, and they graduated from high school with an average cumulative GPA of over 3.8. 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.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis from mid-December through the final Orientation in August, and students will be notified within a few weeks of the decision on their application. Students who fall below the minimum requirement on either GPA or test score will be placed on a wait list, which will be reviewed for potential admission in August.
Any qualified transfer student or currently enrolled student may inquire about membership in the program directly to the Honors Office on their preferred campus.
Maintain minimum cumulative GPA that increases at the end of each academic year
- Sophomore Year: 3.3
- Junior Year: 3.4
- Senior Year: 3.5
- Graduate with 3.5 GPA
Complete Senior Thesis or Capstone Project with faculty mentor
Take one 3-credit honors course per semester
Many University Honors Program graduates have been accepted to professional or graduate schools. Recent graduates are studying in medical and dental schools, pursuing M.F.A degrees in creative writing, or Ph.D. degrees in biology, chemistry, history, and literature and other fields. They have been accepted into graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, New York University, The New School, Drew University, Seton Hall University, and the College of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ among others. Many who chose to go into education have joined public schools and Teach for America. Others work for large multinational corporations as well as nonprofits and NGOs. They work as lawyers, accountants, and counselors, or hold positions in government, publishing, and in hotel and restaurant management.
|Dr. April Patrick
University Director of Honors
973-443-8744 / 201-692-2407
|Dr. Patricia Warunek
Honors Program Director, Metropolitan Campus
|Ms. Christina Reneo
285 Madison Ave., M-MS3-03
1000 River Road, T-RH2-07