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American Honors at Mercer

an enriched college experience for highly motivated, intellectually curious, scholastically exceptional students

American Honors The American Honors at Mercer program (overview/benefits) is an enriched college experience for highly motivated, intellectually curious, scholastically exceptional students. It offers a diverse range of intellectual environments and activities that cultivate in-depth learning, encourage individual inquiry, and demand quality performance. Every American Honors at Mercer course emphasizes critical thinking, analytical writing, effective speaking, and interactive learning. American Honors at Mercer students may also have opportunities for independent research, service learning, or fieldwork.

The American Honors at Mercer program is not a separate track or major; students matriculate in an MCCC degree program and take Honors courses toward fulfillment of their general education and program requirements. These courses, plus one-on-one support and an engaged honors learning community, prepare students for junior- and senior-level coursework at some of the best colleges and universities
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in the nation. Many four-year schools seek out American Honors students for transfer.

All successfully completed American Honors at Mercer courses are identified on student transcripts. Students who take these classes are exceptionally well prepared for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, for scholarships, and for success in their transfer institutions and career paths.

current courses (pdf):  Fall  /  Spring

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Qualifying for Admission   Apply to American Honors at Mercer

Students possessing a high school diploma (or equivalent) may qualify for admission to the American Honors at Mercer program in two ways:
  • Students may apply directly to American Honors at Mercer.
  • Continuing students and transfer students from other colleges qualify by achieving a minimum 3.3 grade point average in 12 to 30 credits in college courses numbered 101 or above.
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Continuing students may try up to three Honors courses. After that point, students wishing to continue in Honors must apply to American Honors at Mercer.

Both continuing students and new students should contact an American Honors Admissions Officer or the Assistant Dean for American Honors at Mercer to learn more.

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N E W S   &   N O T E S

May 2017 - Honors Symposium Gives Students Chance to Share Learning with Peers and Professors

December 2016 - 'Be Successful in Your Own Way,' Say American Honors Alumni at December Symposium

June 2016 - MCCC American Honors Students Show What They've Learned – And Learn From What They Show

December 2015 - American Honors at Mercer Students Share and Shine During December Symposium

November 2015 - American Honors at Mercer Encourages Students to 'Dream Big' at Festive Dinner

October 2015 - MCCC Science Students Present Honors Research Conducted at Princeton

December 2014 - American Honors at Mercer Students Present 'Best Of' Moments from Fall Semester

June 2014 - American Honors at Mercer Hosts Orientation and Signing Event for Incoming Students

March 2014 - Prospective Students, Parents Flock to American Honors Info Session at MCCC

November 2013 - MCCC Launches American Honors Program

S T U D E N T   P R O F I L E S

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American Honors at Mercer Program Components

Honors-quality classes.
Small, seminar-style classes are discussion driven with minimal lectures. All classes are led by selected Honors faculty.

Transfer options.
American Honors' network of four-year schools actively recruits program graduates and, in some cases, guarantees admission.

Personal advising support.
Dedicated American Honors advisors help students with their college course planning, transfer process, and career exploration.

  A community of students like you.
Ambitious, dedicated students find like-minded friends in the diverse American Honors community.

Leadership opportunities.
Students use what they learn in the classroom and apply their skills in leadership roles at Mercer and within the local community.

Professional development.
From resume writing workshops to in-depth career conversations, American Honors prepares students for life after college.

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Connect With Us

American Honors at Mercer
(609) 770-6128
  Bettina Caluori, Ph.D., MCCC Assistant Dean for American Honors or
(609) 570-3595  /  LA169 and ET111
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American Honors at Mercer SUCCESS STORIES

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Akinlolu -- transferred to New Jersey Institute of Technology in Fall 2015
Akinlolu always knew he wanted a college degree, and he knew he wanted to work in science. American Honors
helped him turn his plans into reality. The challenging coursework gave him the academic preparation that he
needed to succeed at a four-year school. When it came time to transfer, his honors advisor became his go-to
person for every question about the process, and he learned the importance of being a self-advocate for his own
education. Akinlolu picked his transfer school after visiting NJIT on an honors trip to campus. Now he's studying
Civil Engineering, with a plan to eventually earn a graduate degree.

Chioma -- transferred to Howard University in Fall 2015
Chioma spent half of her high school years in New York City, and half in Nigeria. She joined American Honors because
she takes her education seriously, and wants to make a difference in the world. She found intensive, challenging courses
that gave her one-on-one attention and prepared her for her transfer school. Now she's studying at Howard University in
Washington, DC -- her dream school -- preparing for a career in either politics or law.

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Vivian -- transferred to Rider University in Fall 2015
Vivian got accepted to a four-year college right out of high school. But after one year of classes,
she couldn't afford to pay the high tuition bills anymore. She had to withdraw from school, but
she didn't want to stop her education. She enrolled at Mercer and joined American Honors to
keep working toward her bachelor's degree. In honors transfer seminars, Vivian learned about
the different kinds of loans, grants, and financial aid opportunities to research for her transfer
school. Now, she's finishing her bachelor's degree and has even started work on her master's
at Rider University, this time with several scholarships and a Pell grant. James

James -- transferred to Rutgers University-New Brunswick in Fall 2015
James' educational journey has been anything but easy. After a false start at cosmetology school, he took an hourly job at a grocery store. It was on a midnight shift that James decided to earn a college degree for a better future, and he enrolled at Mercer shortly thereafter. He quickly found community, support, and opportunity in American Honors. It was exactly what he needed. James graduated as president of Phi Theta Kappa and was the commencement speaker at his graduation. Now, he's studying philosophy at Rutgers with the help of a generous financial aid package.

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Paige -- transferred to Lebanon Valley College in Spring 2015
In high school, Paige wasn't even sure if she'd go to college. Once she started at Mercer, she decided she'd eventually transfer to earn her bachelor's degree. Her one problem: she had no idea how to make it happen. She realized she wasn't on track to transfer, so she sought out more support. That's when she found American Honors and met her honors advisor. Not only did Paige get on track to transfer, she also learned how to pick the right transfer college and ask the right financial aid questions. She says American Honors is the reason she's studying psychology at Lebanon Valley College today.

> see also NJ STARS scholarship program
> see also Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

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