Melissa Bissonette (English), Program Director
In the St. John Fisher College Honors Program, intellectually and experientially curious students join together to explore a broad range of topics that engage real-world values, differences, and problems, and to seek to affect change in the larger community. Through work in and support from the Honors Program, students challenge their own and each other's assumptions and limits as they work toward excellence in their fields and a fuller understanding of the world in which they live. Fisher Honors students provide leadership in the classroom and beyond, exemplifying the foundational values of the institution of respect, integrity, and responsibility.
To be eligible for consideration for this program, students must rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, have graduated with a high school average of at least 90 percent, and have a combined SAT score of 1100. Each year outstanding high school students are selected as Honors students. Transfer students are also eligible for consideration if their cumulative grade point average is at least 3.40. If they have earned 12 credit hours or fewer at another college, they must have a high school average of 90 percent and a combined SAT score of 1150.
To graduate from the St. John Fisher College Honors Program, a student must participate in two one-credit seminars geared toward increasing skills of inquiry and independence, take four specialized Honors core courses which also fulfill Fisher's general education core requirements and complete three keystone experiences which are designed by the student and may include travel, research, service, or other Honors-based involvement. Honors students must maintain a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average each semester and be a full-time student.