Honors at FDU

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

  • Honors Academy
    Students in the 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.
  • University 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 University Honors Program encourages experiential learning outside of the classroom.

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

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. Evidence of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) are required and must be submitted for all honors applications.

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.

Honors Academy

  • Test scores. GPA 3.75; and SAT 1360 or ACT 29
  • Statement. In 150 words or fewer, describe how your unique background and experience would enhance the Honors Academy community and how the Honors Academy would help you attain your goals in the college and beyond. Paste from Word or enter text here.
  • Letter of recommendation. Please request a letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your qualifications for the Honors Academy. Your teacher can submit the letter in Word or PDF directly to honorsacademy@fdu.edu.

University Honors Program

  • Test scores. GPA 3.25; and SAT 1220 or ACT 25
  • Statement. In 250 words for fewer, please submit a personal statement about why you wish to join the University Honors Program. Paste from Word or enter text here.

How to apply

Apply for one or more progams in honors.

Be sure to follow up the online application process by emailing copies of your test scores to the email addresses of the corresponding program director.

Also, don't forget to follow-up with any necessary letters of recommendation.

Honors Academy and University Honors Program

University Honors Program is our flagship honor roadmap for academically enthusiastic students. Acceptance into this program opens doors to academic challenges and conferences, travel abroad, and special privileges.

Honors Academy provides a smaller cohort of exceptional students with additional challenges, opportunities, and perks.

Honors Academy and University Honors Program students enjoy a number of exciting benefits during their time at FDU at no extra cost. Some of these include:

  • Regional travel to present research at annual Northeast Regional Honors Conference
  • Wroxton Summer Seminar
  • Research opportunities and mentorship from individual faculty mentor in major
  • Mentorship from a personally-matched upperclass honors student
  • Sense of community among an incredibly diverse group of honors students
  • 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

GPA requirement comparison

Honors students must not only maintain their GPA, but build upon it. The GPA to continue in the program is shown for Honors Academy and University Honors Program.

Year Honors Academy University Honors Program
Sophomore 3.5 3.3
Junior 3.6 3.4
Senior 3.7 3.5
Graduation 3.75 3.5

Honors Academy

Students in 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.

In addition to your FDU Application for Admission, incoming freshmen must have a demonstrated desire to deeply engage in projects that transcend traditional areas of study.

Typically, first-year honors students had average SAT scores of over 1400 and ACT scores of over 30, and they graduate from high school with an average cumulative GPA of 3.98. 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.

Honors Academy students enjoy these benefits unique to the program.

  • Specialized curriculum led by teams of faculty from both NJ Campuses
  • Honors Academy short-term study abroad opportunities and service-learning trips (subsidized but not fully paid by the Honors Academy)
  • 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
  • Engagement with prestigious guest speakers selected to meet with Honors Academy students
  • Prestige of admission into FDU's most prestigious cohort and relationships with counterparts at both Metropolitan and Florham Campuses
  • Additional award on top of already competitive merit-based scholarships

Honors Academy curriculum

Students in 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 required courses includes:

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.

University Honors Program

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 and 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.

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.

University Honors students enjoy these benefits unique to the program.

  • Specially-designed honors courses that meet requirements for all majors and are taught by select faculty
  • University Honors Program short-term study abroad opportunities (subsidized but not fully paid by honors)
  • 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

University Honors Program curriculum

The University 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 the required courses.

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. Recent and current offerings are available here:

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.

Contact information

Honors Office

  • fdu.edu/honors
  • fduhonors@fdu.edu
  • Florham Campus, 285 Madison Ave, M-MS3-03, Madison, NJ 07940, 973-443-8744
  • Metropolitan Campus, 1000 River Road, T-RH2-07, Teaneck, NJ 07666, 201-692-2407

Honors Academy Director

  • honorsacademy@fdu.edu
  • Dr. April Patrick, University Director of Honors
  • Ms. Christina Reneo, Honors Coordinator

University Honors Program Directors