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Boone Honors program

Approach your undergraduate career seeking to challenge yourself and see where your gifts can take you in a life shaped by our motto, “Not Self, but Others.” Ferrum College Boone Honors Students work closely with professors, present research at conferences, enjoy dinners with special campus guests and speakers, and receive recognition during commencement.

Benefits Include:

  • General education requirement fulfilled by seminars
  • Work closely with professors in courses within major or minor
  • Present research at conferences
  • Attend special dinners with visiting guest and speakers
  • Participate in special honors social activities and trips
  • Eligible to receive up to $3,000 in travel scholarship for a study-abroad experience

Honors Residential Community

All first-year honors students are housed in Roberts Hall, conveniently located at the center of campus, and enjoy unique social activities, trips, and off-campus excursions.

overview of roberts hall behind tree with red and orange leaves

Ferrum College students standing outside behind a structure in Italy.

Study-Abroad Opportunities

Every student in the program is eligible to receive up to $3,000 in travel scholarship funds for study abroad. Every honors student is required to undertake a study-abroad experience. Many honors students elect to fulfill this requirement during the May e-term, although opportunities for semester-long study abroad are also possible. Honors students have studied abroad in England (Oxford), China, South Africa, Austria, Belize, and Honduras, among other locations.

Application Process and Materials

First time in college

Students who meet the following criteria qualify automatically for honors program membership:

  • 3.5 or higher high school GPA
  • 1200 reading and writing + quantitative SAT or 25 or higher ACT

Students who have earned a 3.5 or higher high school GPA but have lower (or no) standardized test scores may apply for honors review by sending the following materials:

  • High school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (on letterhead) from teachers who have taught the student in the classroom during the junior or senior year
  • Completed Boone Honors Program application
  • An essay of 500-700 words on one of the topics listed below
    • How participation in an honors program would help me to fulfill the Ferrum College motto, “Not self, but others”
    • How a transformative experience in the past helps me to understand the Ferrum College motto, “Not self, but others”

transfer or currently enrolled ferrum students

Students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher in at least 15 credit hours of full-time
college coursework at Ferrum or elsewhere may also apply for honors review by following the process
described above.

Ready to Apply?

Submit your application to the Boone Honors Program.

want to learn more?

Contact the Director of the Boone Honors Program

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