Lauren Calimeris Kocman (Economics), Program Director
In the St. John Fisher University 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.
Students who qualify for the Presidential and Trustee Merit Scholarships are eligible to apply for the Honors Program. Honors students have typically graduated with a high school average of at least 92 percent and have a strong high school curriculum. While Fisher is test-optional, in prior years eligible students have demonstrate a combined score of 1180 or higher (math and evidence-based reading and writing) on the SAT or an ACT composite score of 24 or higher. Students may opt to submit test scores as part of their application process in being considered for the Honors Program. Transfer students are also eligible for consideration if their cumulative grade point average is at least 3.30. If transfer students have earned 12 credit hours or fewer at another college, they must have a high school average of 92 percent.
To graduate from the St. John Fisher University Honors Program, a student must participate in two one-credit seminars geared toward increasing skills of inquiry and independence; take a research-based writing course and 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, but are not limited to, travel, research, service, creative work, 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.