The Marian University Honors Academy is a community of interdisciplinary scholars. The Honors Academy hosts a small cohort of highly-engaged students who participate in rigorous interdisciplinary learning experiences. Students join a learning community, study abroad, and even conduct extensive research with a faculty mentor.
Students in an learning community have two options: an active learning community or a living-learning community. The difference between the two is how much the student wants to be surrounded by their community. The active-learning community is for the student who would rather just meet with their group. The living-learning community is set up for the student would wants to live in their community to enhance their campus experiences. Either way, the student is in a community that is dedicated to critical thinking, cultural study, and engagement with the world.
Admission into the Program
The Honors Program accepts students out of high school who have achieved an excellent GPA, superior SAT scores, and who have shown overall excellence in service and advanced placement courses. It is open to students in any major.
Students who have a minimum high school GPA of 3.75 and SAT scores of 1200 or higher are eligible to apply to the Honors Program. Students can apply through the Office of Admission for this program.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and complete the required Honors courses listed below. If a student’s GPA falls below 3.30 they will be dismissed from the program.
If space in the program becomes available due to attrition, advanced students may apply to the program. The committee and the director will ask for applications each spring if spots in the program are available. In order to maintain the integrity of the program and help create learning communities, second semester freshmen may apply for admission if open spaces are available.