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Contents An enhanced experience. . . . . 1 Welcome to the Honors College at MSU Honors College students Admission into the Honors College Academic program of choice

Honors College membership benefits. . . . . . . . 6 Special benefits Outstanding faculty

Becoming part of the Honors College. . . . . . . . . . . 10 Advantages to applying early Rewards Scholarships


An enhanced experience The Honors College plays a special role at Missouri State University. It is your private entry into the rich environment Missouri State offers its students. By being part of the select community of the Honors College, you’ll have help in finding your own way through all the opportunities of a large-school environment — the many academic programs as well as the myriad extracurricular, social and sporting events. Through the personalized guidance of faculty and staff, and the support and friendship of your colleagues in the Honors College, you will find your path to your goals. By enrolling in the Honors College, you will enjoy all of the opportunities of a large-school environment, such as: • a solid academic reputation built upon a mission in public affairs;

Finding your place Honors College students volunteer (left) at nonprofit group Convoy of Hope. Honors students are some of the most involved people on campus and in the community. You’re sure to find your niche, whether it’s marching band, fraternity/sorority life or participation in groups like Habitat for Humanity or the Student Government Association.

• more than 85 undergraduate majors with more than 185 academic options and more than 70 graduate options including master’s, doctoral and specialist options; • world-renowned faculty; • state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities; • a nationally recognized system of residence halls; • a lively student body, including the athletic student spirit group Maroon Madness;

As a member of the select community of the Honors College, you also will be enrolled in an enriched program with like-minded, highly motivated students like yourself. Class sizes are smaller in this program and students receive more personal attention from some of the best faculty on campus. In addition, Honors College students register early, have access to Honors College residences such as Scholars House and get specialized advisement. For those students with the capability and drive, the Honors College offers an enhanced University experience.

Are you in?

• a healthy extracurricular program, including NCAA Division I athletics and intramurals; and • more than 300 active student organizations.

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Student

Nii Addo Abrahams Major: Religious Studies Minor: Philosophy Hometown: Joplin, Mo. High school: Carl Junction High School Career goal: College professor Activities: Chi Alpha Campus Ministry, Honors College Nii Addo Abrahams wasn’t going to come to Missouri State. You see, there’s a reason he includes “Addo” in his name: His brother, Nii Kpakpo Abrahams (it’s a family name), was at MSU and was involved all over campus. The younger Nii wanted a college experience all his own. However, “I came up on a weekend to hang out with my brother and I just fell in love with the campus and everything about it. It was one of those things like in a movie where you step onto the campus and you look around and think, ‘This is where I belong.’ ” He started with a biology major, but a Religion in America course changed his mind. Now he plans to earn a master’s degree at MSU in religious studies and go on to get a doctorate. His parents both work at a university, and it’s likely he’ll follow their leads. “I want to be that charismatic college professor, who when you walk past him on the sidewalk, you say ‘hey’ and give him a high-five. My professors have had a really big impact on my growth, so I want to help other people understand the things I’ve learned to understand.” He loves being in the honors program because “there’s this sense of potential that professors and staff see in all the students, and they are willing to go to many lengths to ensure that potential is realized. I don’t think that’s something you can get at just any school.” He also likes the different methods of teaching that allow students to go more in-depth. “In my honors music class, we took an opera called ‘Dido and Aeneas’ and modernized it. We put a spin on it where the main characters were soccer players, and it was really this soap-opera-esque thing. It was really funny.” When he’s not in class, Nii spends time with friends: He volunteers with a ministry group, plays video games, goes to parks and rides his longboard. “There’s a temptation to trap yourself in the bubble of ‘school first, and nothing else’ but there’s so much fun to be had here,” he said. “For me, I’m really into sports, so going to basketball games and football games is a blast. I would tell new students to find that balance between school and fun to really take your college experience to an entirely new level.”

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“ People are always nice on campus. They say ‘hi’ to you, they open doors for you; it really does feel very friendly. Everyone is just happy to be part of the community here.”


About honors students

Honors College admission

There are almost 1,200 students enrolled in the Honors College, representing approximately 8 percent of the undergraduate population at Missouri State University.

Membership is offered by invitation to all first-time college students who have an ACT composite score of 27 or higher (or an SAT composite score of 1220 or higher) and who have graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class or have a high school grade point average of 3.90 or higher. Students admitted to the Honors College will be assigned to either the General Honors Program or the Accelerated Honors Program, based upon college-level courses completed prior to entry.

Here’s some info on Honors College students, by the numbers: • 89 academic majors were represented in fall 2012 • Average cumulative GPA in fall 2012: 3.73 • Number of Honors College students qualifying for fall 2012 dean’s list (GPA of 3.5 or higher): 861, which is more than 72 percent of all Honors College students • Average ACT composite score: 29 • Number of Presidential Scholars (the Presidential Scholarship is the most valuable freshman award available at Missouri State): 91 • Value of academic scholarships awarded: $6.3 million • Academic retention rate for first-year students in fall 2012: 98 percent

1. Students who enter the Honors College with fewer than 30 completed credit hours will be admitted to the General Honors Program, which includes courses designed to facilitate completion of both general education and major requirements. 2. Students who enter the Honors College with 30 or more completed credit hours will be admitted to the Accelerated Honors Program, which includes a primary emphasis upon the completion of major requirements and the production of a final distinction project in six or fewer semesters. Please visit the Honors College website for additional information on these programs.

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Majors by academic college

• • College of Arts and Letters • College of Natural and Applied Sciences • College of Business • College of Humanities and Public Affairs • College of Education • Undeclared • Other

The academic program of choice Honors College courses stress student participation, critical thinking, interdisciplinary study, and academic research and writing. Students begin the program by completing Freshman Honors Seminar during their first semester on campus. Throughout the first two years of study, students select additional honors courses from as many as 20 academic disciplines. Popular offerings include World Cultures, Creative Writing, Astronomy, Macroeconomics and Religion in America (topics vary; please visit our website to see course listings). These classes are offered by the senior instructors and researchers at the University and provide honors students with opportunities to begin working closely with faculty members early in their academic careers. During the final two years of study, students complete interdisciplinary special topics courses and experiential learning opportunities unique to the Honors College. Students also have the opportunity to design and execute an Honors Distinction Project under the supervision of a senior faculty member in the major department. Recent distinction projects have included research theses, design and implementation of computer software programs, composition and performance of original music and the publication of children’s literature. Distinction candidates may apply for Honors College research stipends and for funding to support the presentation of their original research at academic conferences. Many honors distinction projects are ultimately published in LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research and in discipline-specific journals.

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Geographic origin

• Southwest Missouri region • St. Louis region • Kansas City region • Other areas of Missouri • Out of state

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Honors College membership benefits Special benefits

We expect a lot from our Honors College members. We expect them to study hard, earn good grades, contribute to their disciplines and be leaders on campus. In order to reward them for their hard work, Honors College members enjoy a number of special benefits.

Honors College housing

Working closely with faculty

Honors housing

One-on-one attention guarantees that students will gain a better appreciation for the subject matter.

Students in the Honors College are offered opportunities to bond with peers and develop lasting friendships by living in Honors housing. Scholars House accommodates 115 students in four-person suites with private bathrooms. Hutchens House has space for 71 students with two- and four-person suites with private bathrooms. Presidential Scholars are given priority for Honors housing and Honors students may request to live in either residential facility. Resident assistants in both facilities are honors students and regularly sponsor programs specific to the interests of the honors community. You can view a video feature on Scholars House and take virtual tours of our facilities by visiting the Honors College website.

Honors classes Taught seminar-style, Honors classes are always smaller than regular sections, and the course work is more engaging.

Priority registration Honors students get to register for their courses before other students in their class. Scholars House is open only to Honors College members. It provides space for 115 students in four-person suites with private bathrooms, offering a living environment in which residents share the same academic goals. The eighth floor of Hutchens House is also reserved for Honors College students. Hutchens House Scholars Floor has space for 71 students with two- and four-person suites.

Library privileges Honors students receive the same library privileges that the University offers to graduate students, including longer checkout terms and free interlibrary loans.

Advising Honors students receive academic advising and support from the Honors College staff and specialized advising from honors faculty advisors in their major programs.

Fellowships mentoring The University Fellowships Office, part of the Honors College, educates and mentors students interested in pursuing national and international fellowships, scholarships and grants that support graduate study or research. Honors College students have won the Fulbright Grant, The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. Students also finished as finalists for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious graduate fellowships in the U.S.

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Honors Council The Honors Council is the student arm of the Honors College. Elected officers participate in Honors College governance and organize academic, service and social opportunities for their peers. All Honors College students are welcome to join this free organization.

Undergraduate research journal LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research is an annual publication developed and edited by students in the Honors College. Each volume features academic scholarship and artistry produced by undergraduate students and selected in a peer-reviewed process. Almost two dozen Honors College students gain publications experience by serving on the editorial board each year. (continues on page 7)


Alumnus

David Vinyard Bachelor’s: 2007 in chemistry and agriculture with a distinction in chemistry, Missouri State Master’s: 2008 in chemistry, Missouri State Doctoral studies: PhD candidate at Princeton University Hometown: Stockton, Mo. High school: Stockton R-1 High School Honors: 2008 Rhodes Scholar Finalist, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship David Vinyard is using his energy to find energy for all the rest of us. David is currently a PhD candidate at Princeton University. He also works in a lab at the nearby Rutgers Energy Institute. He said nature has already figured out how to convert solar energy to chemical energy through the process of photosynthesis. His goal is to understand the process and then adapt it for our own needs, eventually creating energy from renewable sources. His work is supported by some impressive fellowships, including a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. David credits his very first Honors College class at Missouri State, General Chemistry-Honors, for influencing his career so far. “I enjoyed the class so much … and now here I am, a chemist.”

“ It was nice for me to learn that students at Missouri State could compete with the best of the best at universities across the country.”

Before he graduated from Missouri State, David was named as a co-author on five articles published in professional academic journals, including The Journal of Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry. He was also a Missouri State University Citizen Scholar, an award given to students with outstanding accomplishments and strength of character. But he really cemented his status as a Missouri State academic all-star when he competed in the Rhodes Scholar competition. He earned finalist status, the first person to do so in the history of the University. And although he’s interested in his current research, he doesn’t discount the possibility that he may choose to pursue other areas in the future. “I’m still trying to answer the question of what I want to do when I grow up,” he said with a laugh.

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Associate professor of English

Dr. Shannon R. Wooden Dr. Shannon R. Wooden knows all about being an honors student at Missouri State: She was in the Honors College in the 1990s and now teaches honors courses at her alma mater. “I always loved it here! More than my other classes, honors sections felt like graduate school would later: A small group of engaged people and a professor who was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, experienced and talented.” She wants to give students memorable moments in her courses on literature, critical theory and creative writing. She specializes in Victorian novels, in representations of science and medicine in literature and in pop-culture critiques, particularly through the lens of gender studies. She and her students often analyze the messages given in advertising, movies, television shows and music. She and her husband, Dr. Ken Gillam, an assistant professor in the English department, are at work on a book about the images of boys in Pixar films such as “Toy Story,” “Cars” and “The Incredibles.” “My husband and I were on a road trip and our son was watching ‘Toy Story’ for the 900th time on DVD, and we just started chatting about the ways masculinity seems to be represented in the film.” They wrote a journal article, presented at conferences and soon had enough for a book. “At first, we argued that Pixar films seem to present a kinder, gentler model of masculinity … They are showing men with the values that have been historically coded as feminine: community-orientation, nurturing children. That can offer boys a healthy model of being a man, but at the same time it can limit what boys are told to view as success. It’s interesting, for instance, that none of the little boys gets to win. Lightning in ‘Cars’ purposely loses, and Dash in ‘The Incredibles’ also has to come in second. “Then you get Sid Phillips in ‘Toy Story’ who, out of all of them is the one for whom I am the most sympathetic, because he doesn’t really do anything wrong! You ask any child who watched the movie who the bad guy is, and they say it’s Sid. But what does Sid do? He hangs out in his playroom by himself with no parental supervision and no friends at all, taking apart toys and building robots. He might be seen as this misunderstood genius kid. He can’t possibly know the toys he breaks are alive, and once he does, he is horrified and scared. The film depicts him as a sociopath, but he’s only breaking and rebuilding stuff, as far as he knows — not, say, torturing animals! And yet the film teaches us to see his behavior as sociopathic, which is really interesting.” Wooden said honors students influence her research by their illuminating contributions during class discussions. “When I teach honors students, they’re prepared and they’re engaged. They are on fire for the conversation!”

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“ Culture surrounds us. Without skills of critical reading and cultural criticism, we are unequipped to engage with it intelligently or see stereotypes of race, gender and age, or prevailing attitudes toward ability, disability, wellness and illness. Studying literature and culture fine-tunes our skills for engaging with all of that with more savvy.”


A message from the Honors College staff

We want to encourage you to be a part of a special community of scholars at Missouri State University — the Honors College. You will have the opportunity to take small classes led by some of the finest faculty at the University and enjoy the camaraderie of other students just like you. This personal approach to learning creates a small college feeling within the larger University environment. You’ll feel like part of a close-knit community from your first day on campus. We can promise you that membership in the Honors College will enrich your University experience, academically, civically and socially, as well as provide you with the support you need to reach your personal goals.

Accelerated master’s programs

Leadership opportunities

Missouri State’s Graduate College offers 30 accelerated master’s degrees that enable outstanding undergraduate students to begin taking graduate course work in their junior or senior year. This lets students combine undergraduate and graduate curriculum and earn a master’s more quickly.

Honors College students are involved in almost every facet of campus life. Honors students have held a number of key leadership positions on campus, including the student representative to the Missouri State University Board of Governors, president of the Student Government Association, president of the Student Activities Council, president of the World Affairs Council, editor-in-chief of The Standard and director of the Dance-Bear-A-Thon.

Amazing learning experiences Honors College students are encouraged to translate theory into practice through learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. Students can select from hundreds of service-learning courses, including courses that directly engage the Springfield community, study-away programs on every continent and a variety of internships and practicums that allow students to enhance their resumes while they develop important professional skills. Past students’ experiences in the Honors College have prepared them to promote the arts in local schools, conduct academic research in China and intern with organizations such as Greenpeace International, Lockheed Martin and Walt Disney World.

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Recognition at graduation

Outstanding faculty Missouri State goes to great lengths to ensure the professors who teach in the Honors College are exceptional scholars in their own right, with a love of their disciplines and a flair for teaching gifted minds. To be considered a member of the Honors College faculty, a professor must have a record of research, scholarship and publication within his or her academic area. Honors College faculty members must be able to guide students through complex course material while inspiring them to greater and deeper levels of understanding. University academic departments nominate professors to teach particular courses for the Honors College. Faculty who are nominated submit applications to the Honors College for consideration and are interviewed as part of the application process.

Honors College members work hard, and Missouri State believes they should enjoy recognition for their efforts. All students completing General Honors receive a special notation on their diploma and transcript and are allowed to wear blue stoles during commencement ceremonies. All students completing Departmental Honors receive further notation on their diploma and transcript.

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In order to maintain high standards, faculty who teach for the Honors College are regularly evaluated by the students in their Honors College sections. These evaluations play a big part in the annual review of Honors College professors. For a list of our outstanding faculty members, visit the Honors College website and click “Faculty Listing.� You can also learn how faculty activities directly benefit honors students by visiting the news section on our home page.


Assistant professor of biomedical sciences

Dr. Joshua J. Smith

Dr. Joshua Smith’s students are involved in the fight against skin cancer, putting their research on a database that may be accessed by the national and international science community. “The projects that we work on in my lab deal with how UV light can do damage to the DNA in your skin and can lead to cancer, so we have been looking at some of the genes that are involved in helping to repair your DNA,” Smith said. There are chemicals in broccoli and other foods that get the body ready to fix damage fairly quickly, and “we are studying how it works, because we know how it works in a test tube but we don’t know how things work inside the cell.” Smith teaches an Honors College course called Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences lecture and lab. “The students learn some basic stuff in the first two weeks, then the rest of the course includes three research projects.” Most of the students in this class are first-year students, and those who are not in their first year are typically non-science majors. These students conduct experiments, write lab reports in true scientific format and then place their work on a website dedicated to student research. Their results can then be reviewed by anyone in the science community.

Want to see student research? SUPRDB — which stands for Student/ Unpublished Results Database — is where Dr. Smith’s student research is shared and preserved. You can click “View All Projects” to explore research completed by Honors College students.

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“That causes the students to be really interested in doing a good job because what they do matters. I like to see how much the students surprise themselves, especially the non-majors. Maybe they put a stigma on science as something they couldn’t do, but the course opened their eyes to possibilities. I have had art students debate whether they wanted to go into science, I have had two students who were non-science majors clone a gene, and some of the best lab-report writers are those who are non-majors!” Smith said the opportunity to become involved in research is a great reason to choose Missouri State. “At many schools, you can get some kind of research position as a senior, but here at the sophomore level — and in my honors lab case, in the second semester of a student’s freshman year — they’re doing research. That really gets students ready for master’s and PhD programs.” When he takes students to conferences, faculty from other schools “often confuse our undergraduate students who are presenting for graduate students; the faculty are so impressed with the knowledge they have of science.” He would recommend Missouri State’s Honors College to any high-achieving student. “Honors students support each other here. They are concerned about making sure everyone is doing well, rather than putting themselves first. They care about others a lot. They make friendships for life out of that. Honors classes also allow them to push themselves, and that amount of preparation will help them succeed in anything they do.”

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Alumna

Melissa Fagan Bachelor’s: 2011 in theatre/acting with distinction, Missouri State Graduate studies: Master’s degree candidate at DePaul University in Chicago Hometown: Columbia, Mo. High school: Hickman High School MSU honors: 2010 Marshall Scholarship Candidate, 2010-2011 Missouri State University Board of Governors Citizen Scholar Other: 2011-2012 arts administration intern at Seattle Repertory Theatre; current fellow in the Arts Leadership Program at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Melissa Fagan wants to be involved with works of theater that inspire others. In Honors College, she found plenty of encouragement and had the chance to study in several other countries. In South Africa, she worked with high school students to stage a performance on issues including gang violence, police corruption and domestic abuse. In China, she researched why the role of the venerable Beijing Opera is declining in modern society. Her time at Missouri State prepared her for a great graduate program. Melissa is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicago, and is a fellow in the Arts Leadership Program at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Eventually, she wants to work in administration for a theater group. This means she would be in charge of some business, marketing and other behind-the-scenes duties for a theater, as well as coordinating some of the theater’s projects. Melissa had many reasons for becoming a Bear. “I chose MSU because I knew it was a great school, especially for theater. My older sister came here, so I was familiar with the University’s programs. I also got a good financial-aid package.” She would recommend the Honors College experience, including the special housing options. “I lived in Scholars House for my first two years, and I met most of my closest friends there. Some people jokingly call it the ‘Nerd Box’ — but really, we’re a fun group! We’re always doing social stuff.” She is also quick to mention the academic benefits. “You get to register for classes early! And honors classes focus on critical thinking. For example, when you have a reading assignment you won’t have a pop quiz to test if you did the reading — instead, you might have an in-depth discussion about how the assignment applies to your life and to the world today. You get to engage with your peers and your professors — it’s a truly collaborative work environment.”

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“ I am interested in theater as a means of social change. My faculty members knew that from the beginning and were extremely supportive. MSU even allowed me to explore that topic abroad, twice — in South Africa and China.”


Becoming part of the Honors College

Advantages to applying early It’s always a good idea to apply for admission to Missouri State as early as possible. High school students who apply early in their senior year, or the summer before, are more likely to enjoy significant advantages in terms of scholarships, housing options and registration opportunities. An early application also ensures that students won’t miss out on an early invitation to attend Honors College. The best and fastest way to apply for admission to Missouri State is online at www.missouristate.edu. However, printed applications also are available by request from the Office of Admissions. A $35 application fee is required at the time of application. Students also need to have a high school transcript sent to Missouri State, along with a score from a national college admission test like the ACT or the SAT. We also need transcripts from any college where students have already received or are receiving academic credit through dual-enrollment or other programs.

Once we have received all of these documents, we’ll start the admissions process. In most cases, it takes us about a week to process an application and then another week to inform a student of his or her acceptance. Once students have been accepted to Missouri State, they are eligible to be considered for admission to the Honors College. Beginning in October and continuing through March, letters of invitation are sent to qualified students. Included with the invitation is a form that prospective students are asked to return if they are interested in the Honors College. Students who apply later in the spring or summer should contact the Honors College office in order to be considered for admission.

Students who have accepted membership in the Honors College are asked to commit to a summer SOAR session. SOAR stands for Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration. At the two-day SOAR session, students meet with faculty members and staff representatives who help them schedule their fall classes and prepare for the start of their first semester at Missouri State. Honors students get invited to the earliest SOAR sessions of the summer, which take place in early June. SOAR confirmation material is mailed in April.

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Rewards Students in the Honors College are typically high-achievers with a strong educational background and plenty of motivation. We have high expectations for them and take pains to keep them engaged and challenged so that they are always growing. We want them to realize their intellectual, social and civic potential. Many Honors College graduates have a history of moving on to excellent graduate and professional programs all over the country. These students find that their participation in Honors College increases their chances of being accepted at their top choices of graduate schools. In addition, students can work with the Fellowships Office to apply for lucrative scholarships, assistantships and fellowships at noted institutions. Honors College graduates find that the rigorous nature of the Honors program has better prepared them for the challenging work of graduate school. Their successes have helped Missouri State University establish a strong reputation for excellence in the academic community. Of course, many graduates choose to move directly into the work force following commencement. Again, participation in the Honors College proves to be a major benefit to students starting out in their careers. An Honors College background looks terrific on a résumé and employers are sure to be impressed by the natural talent and strong work ethic required to succeed in the Honors College. That’s a leg-up on the competition, a valuable commodity in a competitive workforce, and it might just make the difference when applying for that once-in-a-lifetime dream job. Furthermore, the enhanced curriculum that graduates experience better prepares them for their work, which leads to promotions, better pay and career successes. Honors College grads have an impressive history of going on to fascinating and rewarding jobs. Employers already know that Missouri State graduates are terrific employees, and the work of Honors College alumni only serves to reinforce that reputation. Finally, Honors College graduates can enjoy the satisfaction that they were able to succeed in a challenging and competitive program.

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They emerge from Missouri State with a more thorough knowledge of an academic discipline and pride in their intellectual accomplishments. No matter what your plans are for after graduation — law school, medical school, government service or employment in a Fortune 500 company — the Honors College has much to boost your future success.

Scholarships While there is no freshman scholarship specifically tied to the Honors College, most members receive one or more at Missouri State. In fact, if you qualify for the Honors College and you apply to the University by January 15 of your senior year, you’re guaranteed to receive at least the Provost Scholarship. The Provost Scholarship is worth $2,500 per year and can be renewed for three more years for a total value of $10,000. Recipients who are residents of states other than Missouri qualify for a full waiver of nonresident fees. The Provost Scholarship requires a score of 26 or higher on the ACT (or SAT equivalent) and a rank in the top 20 percent of one’s class (or a 3.70 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale). Since Honors College membership requires a 27 or better on the ACT and either a rank in the top 10 percent or a 3.90 or higher GPA, all members are automatically eligible. The Board of Governors Scholarship is worth $5,000 per year and can be renewed for three more years for a total value of $20,000.

Recipients also qualify for a $500 voucher to support overseas study. Recipients who are residents of states other than Missouri qualify for a full waiver of nonresident fees. The scholarship requires a score of 28 or higher on the ACT (or SAT equivalent) and rank in the top 10 percent of one’s class (or a 3.90 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale). The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious freshman award available at Missouri State University. It is worth $12,500 per year ($6,250 for tuition and $6,250 for oncampus housing). The Presidential Scholarship requires a score of 30 or higher on the ACT (or SAT equivalent) and a rank in the top 10 percent of one’s class or a 3.90 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. It is a competitive scholarship and requires an application with an essay and an interview. Thirty-five Presidential Scholarships are awarded each year. The application deadline is Dec. 1 and students may apply online at www.missouristate.edu/ presidentialapp/. Students not selected for the Presidential Scholarship will be considered for the University Scholarship, which includes the value of the Board of Governors Scholarship and an additional $2,000 each year towards on-campus housing for the recipient’s first two years at Missouri State. For the most updated information about these and many other scholarships and financial aid opportunities, please visit the Missouri State financial aid website at www.missouristate.edu/ financialaid/.


Student

Christy Ha Major: Professional writing Minor: Spanish Hometown: Cape Girardeau, Mo. High school: Notre Dame Career goal: Attend graduate school for English; become editor for book publisher Activities: Associate editor of LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research For Christy Ha, the best thing about the Honors College at Missouri State is the people: the engaged students, the enthusiastic professors and the friends she has made. “Honors College makes you a well-rounded, well-educated individual,” she said. “You will be challenged, in a good way. The students speak up in class and push each other to be better, and the professors are always available if you need to consult them on a project.” She also loves that Honors College students register early for classes, have rousing classroom discussions and are expected to give back. She volunteers with a high school and uses her Spanish minor to help a local English as a Second Language program. “I plan to do a semester in Spain in the future; I love all the opportunities to study abroad.”

“ There are endless possibilities to cater to any interest — it’s so easy to find your fit as far as clubs to join and people to meet. You hear the population of MSU, and it sounds like a big number. But when you get here it feels more personal. I won’t know everyone I pass every day, but I will see two to three friends every time I am on my way somewhere.”

Missouri State has great options for students who want to lead on campus and make lots of friends, she said. She has some insider tips for new students, including that laundry rooms in the residence halls make great study spots because they are quiet and smell good. Also: “Bring rain gear to deal with crazy weather swings!” But rain or shine, she loves Missouri State: “I have found a home here.”

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SCAN AND READ

Arrange a campus visit Now that you’ve heard all about the Honors College at Missouri State why don’t you check it out for yourself? Just call our Campus Visit Desk toll-free at 1-800-492-7900, and we’ll arrange a personalized visit for you and your family. In the meantime, if you want more information about Missouri State University, please visit our website at www.missouristate.edu/. For more information about the Honors College, go to www.missouristate.edu/honors/. Honors College 417-836-6370 Fax: 417-836-3141 HonorsCollege@missouristate.edu Missouri State Switchboard 417-836-5000 Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services 417-836-5536 800-284-7535 Fax: 417- 837-2327 TTY: 417-836-5503 ResidenceLife@missouristate.edu

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Missouri State University is a community of people with respect for diversity. The University emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, and students. In accord with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the University. Prohibited sex discrimination encompasses sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence. In addition, the University does not discriminate on any basis (including, but not limited to, political affiliation and sexual orientation) not related to the applicable educational requirements for students or the applicable job requirements for employees. This policy shall not be interpreted in a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or military organizations associated with the Armed Forces of the United States of America. The University maintains a grievance procedure incorporating due process available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. Missouri State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Inquiries concerning the grievance procedure, Affirmative Action Plan, or compliance with federal and state laws and guidelines should be addressed to Equal Opportunity Officer, Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance, 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65897, equity@missouristate.edu, 417-836-4252, or to the Office for Civil Rights. HON 263 13


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