Southwestern Michigan College Honors Program

Honors Program

The Honors Program will give high-achieving students exclusive access to scholarships, honors classes, mentoring and events, plus:

  • Transfer partnerships with honors programs at select universities
    Honors graduates who finish SMC with a 3.5 or higher GPA will be extended an invitation into the honors programs at Western Michigan University and Indiana University South Bend upon application to those schools.
  • Letters of recommendation from key SMC faculty
  • Transcript designation and special recognition at commencement
  • Priority registration
  • Dedicated housing block for students who wish to live on campus
  • Complete an Honors Final Project
Contact Information

Mark Pelfrey
Instructor of Mathematics
Phone: 269-783-2187

Gary Franchy
Instructor of Mathematics
Phone: 269-782-1442

Email: honors@swmich.edu

Application Deadlines for Fall 2018 Entry

Early Acceptance Deadline
Feb. 2, 2018
Deadline for Scholarship Consideration
April 13, 2018
Final Deadline
June 1, 2018

Honors Scholarship Awards

Incoming Freshmen
Four students will receive a scholarship to cover full tuition and fees, plus $500 each semester for textbooks. Renewable up to five semesters while enrolled in and meeting the requirements of the Honors Program.

Incoming Freshmen, Current and Transfer Students
Six full-time students will receive a $1,000 per year scholarship. Renewable up to five semesters while enrolled in and meeting the requirements of the Honors Program.

Eligibility

Incoming Freshmen

To be eligible for the Honors Program new students must…

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit a 250-500 word essay.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or SMC faculty.
  • Agree to spend at least one academic year in the Honors Program.
  • Meet the following recommended minimum scores:
    • 3.5 GPA
    • Composite ACT score of 25 or SAT total score of 1150.

Current/Transfer Students

Current students must…

  • Have at least a 3.5 GPA for 12+ credits at 100 level or above.
  • Must not require any transitional or developmental courses such as Math 101.
  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit a 250-500 word essay.
  • Provide contact information for current instructors.
  • Agree to spend at least one academic year in the Honors Program.

Expectations

Honors students must be full-time, degree-seeking students and meet the following requirements:

  • Attend Honors Orientation (incoming freshmen only)
  • Take at least 12 credits of Honors classes and receive at least a 3.0 GPA in those classes.
  • Maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Attend weekly Honors Hour sessions
  • Complete an Honors Final Project

Additionally, honors students are expected to be actively engaged beyond the classroom. Examples of such engagement include:

  • Participating in service learning and volunteer work
  • Being active in on-campus organizations such as STEM or Business Club
  • Participating in the Honors Conference

NOTICE TO STUDENTS: Students should be cautious when contacted by organizations that are not SMC-sponsored which indicate that they have been accepted into an honor society. These organizations may not be legitimate honor societies. Established academic honor societies have physical chapters organized through universities, colleges and other learning institutions. SMC will monitor attempts made by groups that prey upon our students' email accounts and will try blocking domains from delivering unwanted messages. Students should, however, remain vigilant making sure that communications they respond to are in fact from Southwestern Michigan College.