Admission to the University Honors Program
Exceptional entering students are accepted into the University Honors Program through either the First-Year Honors Experience or the Engineering Honors Program.
Students selected for the First-Year Honors Experience take a two course sequence that introduces them to a range of engaged-learning experiences available at Mercer. This program is open to students of all majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of Business, the College of Education, the School of Music, and the College of Health Professions. Students enroll in HON 110 (University Honors Program Seminar I) in the fall semester and HON 115 (University Honors Program Seminar II) in the spring semester. Upon completion of HON 110 and HON 115, students are eligible to apply for either Mercer Service Scholars or the University Honors Program in the college or school in which they are enrolled.
Engineering students with satisfactory mathematical skills may be invited to begin the Engineering Honors Program in their first year. Engineering Honors students enroll in EGR 101 (First Year Engineering Honors) in the fall semester and EGR 102 (First Year Engineering Honors) in the spring semester in lieu of HON 110 and 115.
Contact University Admissions for further information.
School and College-Based Honors Program
After their first year of study, exceptional students may apply to the Honor Program offered by their school or college. These programs are offered in the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Engineering, the School of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Health Professions. Students who complete the requirements for their school’s or college’s University Honors Program will graduate with the University Honors distinction.
Mercer Service Scholars (Service-Learning and Leadership)
Each Spring, 14-18 First-Year Honors students are selected to join the Mercer Service Scholars. They come together as a cohort of academically talented and service-oriented students and undertake 9 hours of coursework together, including a Mercer On Mission component in the summer between the sophomore and junior years. After completing the required coursework, all Mercer Service Scholars implement a culminating project that showcases service and leadership geared to problem solving. It may take the form of community outreach or community-based research and demonstrates planning, implementation, and evaluation skills.
By completing the Mercer Service Scholar Program, a student receives an enhanced experience in leadership and service with emphasis on collaboration and team building. Careful analyses of community needs (domestic or international) and sustainable responses are goals that arc through the course work. The curriculum is designed to advance social consciousness evidenced through a record of engagement on campus and in the community. The program offers participants unique service opportunities that add value to their Mercer education. By receiving training and participating in diverse experiences, students should develop skills needed to be highly effective leaders in any career trajectory. In particular, students completing the program are encouraged to consider applying for national scholarships or careers in public service. This track is open to students of all majors in the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Business, the College of Education, the School of Music, the School of Engineering and the College of Health Professions.
- HON 231. Local Needs Assessment (2 hours)—Second Year
- HON 232. International Needs Assessment (2 hours)—Second Year
- HON 331. Project Implementation in an International Context (3 hours)— Summer between Second and Third Years
- HON 332. Action and Vocation (2 hours)—Third Year
These course requirements, along with the successful implementation of a culminating project, lead to completion of the Service Scholars Program and the opportunity to graduate with University Honors.