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University of Michigan---LSA Honors College

Heplayer92Heplayer92 Posts: 448Registered User Member
Hey guys.

I got accepted into the University of Michigan last Thursday, Undecided as an LSA student. I got an e-mail inviting me to apply for the Honors College. I just have a few questions about this for prospective and current Honors College Students.

I hear the 500 students who get into Honors are guaranteed a dorm in South Quad? =D That's pretty cool.

As a current/graduated Honors College student, what do you think are the benefits?

It says on the website that they "invite" people to apply who score around 32-34 and have a 3.8GPA+. Does that mean a lot of students aren't even invited to apply for Honors?

And was it ALWAYS an application process? To get into Honors College that is.

Thank you guys so much. Good luck to those who are waiting on decisions! Ann Arbor is an awesome place =D
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Replies to: University of Michigan---LSA Honors College

  • MI2014MI2014 Posts: 190Registered User Junior Member
    ME 2 GONG HE!
    but i can't answer u question! lol
  • blackpen2008blackpen2008 Posts: 1,359Registered User Senior Member
    Many students are invited to apply as soon as they get admitted to LSA.
    Two years ago, I got in the 1st or 2nd week of November and got invited to apply to honors a few days later. I read bad things about honors and how it's just extra work and stuff like that. I wanted to apply, but neglected it. Then March rolled around and I got a letter in the mail stating that I was accepted into honors. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it or not, but I decided to go ahead with it. Looking back, I definitely made the right decision. The people (students and faculty) I've met with being in this process has given me an upper hand as compared to other student. I would definitely recommend that you apply and write a really good (and exotic) essay. Do not do what I did and not apply.

    Hope that helps.

    And as for the benefits, honors food=free food and it's really good. Everyone around is guaranteed to be as intelligent as you (I've seen some not so bright students at Michigan, so this a major plus). You get special advising, which is probably better than what other student's get. And it looks good.

    I say this all without an ounce of arrogance in my heart.
  • RONDIZZLE27RONDIZZLE27 Posts: 330Registered User Member
    Ill probably apply to it, but Im not sure if I have a good shot to get in. I have pretty good test scores and GPA, but I have nothing to really make me stand out as a candidate
  • blackpen2008blackpen2008 Posts: 1,359Registered User Senior Member
    This is where your essay can get you in. Make sure it's stellar.
  • Heplayer92Heplayer92 Posts: 448Registered User Member
    Good stuff Blackpen.

    But how were you accepted to Honors College without applying?

    And it seems like its super-competitive. 500 people per class? Free food is definitely a plus haha, but is it harder to manage better grades? Does the Honors College classes operate through the bell-curve just like the normal LSA?

    Any other insight into Honors is much appreciated =)
  • blackpen2008blackpen2008 Posts: 1,359Registered User Senior Member
    I'm not sure why they accepted me without an essay. My stats were good, but not out of the ballpark (33/3.95).

    Great books 191/192 is averaged to A-
    The thing is that you don't have to be in honors to take honors classes (except great books).
  • RONDIZZLE27RONDIZZLE27 Posts: 330Registered User Member
    Ill definitely try, but I hate writing essays

    Does anyone know any percentages or numbers about the HC?
    Like % of students offered to apply
    % students accepted
    things like that...
  • pancakespancakes Posts: 435Registered User Member
    just to add on...

    my greatbooks gsi said our class would have a b+ average. there are noticeable differences in grading among gsis.
  • Adam E.Adam E. Posts: 165Registered User Junior Member
    Rondizzle,

    From the LSA Honors webpage it lists the average act and gpa :

    Unweighted GPA 3.8+
    ACT 32-34
  • Heplayer92Heplayer92 Posts: 448Registered User Member
    All it says on the website is that anyone who is admitted to LSA is welcome to apply, and they normally take about 500 people.

    Mhmm Blackpen, then you got pretty lucky haha, normally isn't Honors College pretty competitive? Its awesome that they accepted you w/o an essay. Then again, I am curious as to how many people actually apply to Honors.

    So pretty much. The benefits of Honors includes:

    Free food.
    Nice dorms.
    A few Honors only classes.
    Great counseling.

    That about it? Are there any drawbacks to Honors College? And also, yea some of the classes are "averaged to an A-/B+"... so do other classes use the bell-curve?

    Thanks
  • blackpen2008blackpen2008 Posts: 1,359Registered User Senior Member
    Don't worry about pros and cons.
    Just do it to separate yourself from the rest of the university.
    idk being in Honors makes you feel smart (no arrogance).
  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Posts: 4,590Registered User Senior Member
    I can tell you I've never heard of anyone getting rejected from Honors college, but I've never asked anyone so if they had I wouldn't know. I'm not in LSA honors but my impression of it is that's it's not too competitive. The honors classes are better, but you can take most of them anyway as a non-honors student (except for Great Books I guess).

    I hear Great Books is a LOT of reading, and you have to take it if you're in LSA honors, but that's 1 class...

    Orgo which a very large number of LSA honors people take is still graded on a B- median. I imagine the same situation with other large intro classes with no honors version (Econ comes to mind, I'm sure a few others).
  • pancakespancakes Posts: 435Registered User Member
    quite a few people from my high school didn't get in. i wouldn't say it's not competitive.
  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Posts: 4,590Registered User Senior Member
    I was referring to the honors classes themselves...
  • blackpen2008blackpen2008 Posts: 1,359Registered User Senior Member
    Most students stopped reading in Great books after like one month lol.
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