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Honors Institute

Michigan Technological University’s Honors Institute is a community of high-achieving students at Michigan Tech who work together to promote creativity and scholarship on campus and around the world. Honors Institute members are held to a high standard and are offered many privileges and special opportunities.

This invitation is offered to a select group of incoming first-year students who have demonstrated academic excellence and for whom we believe the Honors Institute can enrich their education at Michigan Tech.

Membership Requirements

  • Earn an ACT composite score of 30 or higher, or a combined critical reading and math score of 1340 or higher on the SAT
  • Apply and be admitted to Michigan Tech
  • Complete the online application form and essays

Member Privileges

  • Research projects tailored to your own strengths and interests
  • Opportunities to select and interact with guest speakers
  • Funds for travel to conferences
  • Preference for summer research fellowships
  • Expanded library privileges—similar to graduate students
  • Honors Institute housing in the residence halls

Graduation Requirements

  • Graduate from Michigan Tech with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Complete an Honors section of a first-year general education course
  • Prepare the essay portion of a national scholarship competition
  • Perform three Honors contracts—extra projects related to your specific interests that typically take 20-25 hours to complete—or complete an Honors thesis with proposal and research components designed to help guide your project

Application Deadline

If you prefer honors housing in the residence halls, your Honors Institute application is due by March 30. Otherwise, we will accept application essays until June 1. Applications for the 2014 class are being accepted until June 15. 


Contact Dr. Andrew J. Storer, Professor and Director of the Honors Institute by email at storer@mtu.edu or call 906-487-3470