How to Apply

Want to Join the Honors Program?

The deadline for applications for the 2016-2017 academic year has ended. For those interested in learning more about the Honors Program, please contact the Program Director at

Students who are eligible to apply to the Honors Program will be required to write a 1,000 word application essay that addresses the following question:

Recently, there has been a lot debate about the value and purpose of college. Should college train students for a particular career? Or should colleges foster learning within the liberal arts tradition to help students become educated citizens? The Honors Program at Fredonia is designed to provide students with a strong general education that strengthens their work within the major. As you think about your own expectations for college, what do you think about these debates and the purpose of higher education? To help answer this question, please consult the following short articles from students and scholars who explore the value and/or limits of general education. What do you think about these issues?

Essays will be assessed on the how effectively the applicant addresses the prompt question and the quality of the writing. To be clear, we are not looking for a right answer. Rather we are interested in learning more about your views on general education.




Honors Program

Thompson Hall, E314
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063