The Honors College offers talented, motivated students educational
opportunities designed to enrich the university experience and to
advance progress toward personal, academic and career goals. Honors
courses are designed to prepare students to do independent research, to
speak and write effectively, and to reason accurately.
Dating back to 1974, Freed-Hardeman University had the first
honors program in schools associated with the churches of Christ and
also became the first of those schools to have an Honors College.
Freed-Hardeman's move brought the first Honors College to the state of
Tennessee in February 1998, reaffirming a commitment to academic
excellence in all the schools of our university.
At the cutting edge of honors education, Freed-Hardeman
University students have been invited to make honors presentations at
the conference meetings of the Tennessee Honors Council, the Southern
Regional Honors Council, and the National Collegiate Honors Council
every year in recent years. The many different student presentations
through the years document the active role this program plays in honors
Not High School Honors
High school students are often surprised to discover that college
honors opportunities are quite different from opportunities available
in their local school programs. Some students may even hesitate to
apply for college honors programs due to prior experiences with high
school teachers and classes designed to focus on a greater quantity of
work for the most capable students. Tedious, time-consuming assignments
are not the focus of college honors work. Instead the emphasis is on
excellence, independence, and integration of disciplines. College
honors focuses on quality of work, not just quantity. Students with
records of outstanding academic success are offered special academic
opportunities emphasizing close cooperation with teachers for those
with the initiative to pursue learning beyond the classroom.
Mission Statement & Purposes
The Honors College offers talented, motivated students
educational opportunities to enhance the Christian university
experience and helps them make progress toward their personal,
academic, and career goals. Our mission is to help Freed-Hardeman's
most academically gifted students gain the most from their college
Five original purposes were enumerated in documents establishing the Honors Program in 1974:
1) Recognize and foster academic excellence and leadership.
2) Encourage and assist able students to progress beyond normal course activities.
3) Provide opportunities to integrate learning and individual interests.
4) Enable students to work more closely with teachers.
5) Promote academic responsibility, independent thinking, and
the development of students' initiative to learn and work on their own.
Admission to Honors Course Work
Admission involves a set of established criteria, but motivated
students will not be ignored. Applicants to Freed-Hardeman University
with outstanding academic records are invited to apply for admission to
honors course work. Interested students with outstanding academic
records, including excellent high school grades and superior
standardized test scores, may contact the Honors Office for additional
information or for an application.
Freshmen are admitted to Honors course work through an
application process completed in the academic year before they enter
the university. Interested high school seniors should contact the
Honors Office for an application in October of the year before they
plan to enter college. Applications are generally due on or about March
1 for the upcoming academic year. Freshman admission to honors is
competitive -- based on standardized test scores, high school grades,
extracurricular activities, letters of reference, and writing samples.
Though freshman admission is limited to approximately the top five per
cent of the incoming class, other students can qualify for admission to
honors work after earning thirty semester hours of college credit with
a 3.3 grade point average.
Transfers from other college honors programs will be admitted
if they have appropriate grades. Prior honors course work may count as
much as 40% of total requirements for graduation as an Honors College
Scholar or graduation with University Honors. Transfer students who
have not participated in college honors elsewhere may also apply for
admission to honors course work
Upperclassmen who have achieved a grade point average of 3.3
or higher on thirty semester hours of college credit receive
eligibility notices at the beginning of each term in the academic year.
Students are eligible for honors course work as long as they maintain a