Academic Scholarship Programs
What is the Honors Program?
The Honors Program is a unique curricular program designed by faculty members from all five of Mars Hill College’s academic divisions and based on reasearch into best practices in college honors education across the country. The program features a multi-disciplinary approach that complements the college’s interdisciplinary general education core, including a special first-semester introductory course for new students, short-term mini-courses that courses that cover a variety of topics, and opportunities for individualized instruction and collaboration with faculty.
To be eligible for the program, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1150 SAT (Critical Reading + Mathematics), 25 ACT (Composite), or top 10% of his/her high school graduating class. Applicants are interviewed by members of the Honors Program Committee, who look for evidence of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, strong communication skills, cultural awareness, leadership potential, and creativity. No more than 16 students are admitted to the program each year.
The Mars Hill College Honors Program curriculum is a distinctive, multi-disciplinary education opportunity. It includes a special section of Liberal Arts in Action Challenges (LAA 111), annual seminars that focus on community research and development, five-week mini-courses on focused topics related to faculty members’ research areas in a variety of disciplines, and individualized contracts for exploring topics in major areas of study.
First-year students in the Honors Program are assigned to reserved housing on the second floors of Huffman (men) and Stroup (women) residence halls. They are allowed to check into their rooms several days before most other freshman arrive on campus, and they participate in a pre-term retreat, during which they meet other Honors students and learn more about the program and the college.
All students in the Honors Program get priority registration for classes, additional advising from program faculty, and opportunities to participate in unique extracurricular activities.