University Honors, Metropolitan Campus

The University Honors program at the Metropolitan Campus is a living and learning community that fosters an environment conducive to academic and personal growth. It provides our most accomplished undergraduates with an intellectually stimulating experience.

For entering freshmen, admission into the University Honors program is by application and personal interview. Currently enrolled students are invited to apply to the program at anytime prior to their junior year (before completing a maximum of 64 credits). Admission for currently enrolled students in based on their grade point average. All students must complete the junior and senior year Honors program requirements and submit an approved thesis in order to receive Honors Program recognition at graduation.

The University Honors program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and meets the standards set by this organization for honors programs. NCHC is the official, national honors organization with more than 1,000 institutional members. NCHC seeks to advance the cause of honors education in the U.S. and to be at the forefront of developing pedagogical approaches for honors programs.

The University Honors program at Fairleigh Dickinson University is also a member of the Northeast Regional Honors Council, an organization of 200 collegiate honors programs in the northeast U.S. For more than 20 years, students from the Metropolitan Campus have participated in the Northeast Region's annual conference and have presented papers and posters based on their senior honors research. Twenty-four students from the Metropolitan Campus participated in the annual conference last April in Baltimore, MD. The director of the University Honors program on the Metropolitan Campus has served as executive secretary/treasurer of the Northeast Region for several years.

Honors program scholars

The Honors program scholar on the Metropolitan Campus is an individual interested in sharing in a community of scholarship and collegiality. Each has demonstrated a high degree of academic attainment, intellectual curiosity, and personal maturity. Each scholar has also shown promise of benefiting from a program with specifically focused curriculum requirements, individual guidance, and independent study.

University Honors residential experience

Honors Hall, the University Honors program housing option, has been extremely popular among our Honors students. It offers them the unique opportunity to be part of a close-knit community of scholars who live and learn together. Honors Hall is a 24-hour quiet residence hall with special programming and other amenities for Honors students.

After graduation

Honors program graduates choose diverse and rewarding individual career paths that often combine intellectual and professional self-fulfillment with significant contributions to society. Many Honors alumni go on to professional or graduate schools. In spring 2008, a University Honors program graduate who majored in biochemistry received fellowship offers to pursue doctoral studies from Princeton University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Texas Southwestern. Others pursue careers in law, business, and government; some seek professional opportunities overseas; others are aspiring artists, writers, and performers. Their choices are limited only by their own interests and individualized goals for the future.

Internships: Paving the path to your future

Experiential learning, by its very nature, is interdisciplinary and provides the student with an excellent opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge from many different fields of study.

Scholars in the University Honors program are encouraged to take advantage of varied experiential learning opportunities by pursuing the abundant specialized internships made possible through the University's strategic location in the New York / New Jersey area. One of the world's largest metropolitan areas, the region also offers unmatched cultural, political, business, and educational resources to those seeking to undertake independent research and to prepare a concluding thesis. As a result of the University's long-standing relationship with the United Nations, Honors students have held internships there.