The Mercer Honors Program

How Incoming New Students Apply

Placement Pathway
If you have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and can check off at least six items on the self-recommendation survey, you may already be eligible to take honors courses based on a placement pathway. High school course work, grades, and scores (SAT, ACT, placement) may automatically qualify you for honors courses. For detailed placement requirements, click here. If you are interested in the Mercer Honors Program, contact your guidance counselor to sign up for MCCC advising at your high school or email to request an on-campus advising appointment. You will need to bring an official copy of your transcript and other documents that establish your qualifications. Students pursuing this pathway may use the Placement Pathway Teacher Recommendation Form.

Note: If you would place into honors courses, but you have already registered, it is still possible to switch to honors courses before the semester begins. Email


Application Pathway
If you do not place into honors courses, you may choose to submit an application. This includes an essay on a Mercer Honors Program topic, high school transcript(s), explanations of transcript(s), and one or more formal letters of recommendation from high school teachers. For more information about how to submit materials, email

How Transfer Students Apply

Students who transfer to Mercer with college-level credits should meet with an Honors Advisor to discuss whether their completed course work places them into honors courses. Please email

How Continuing MCCC Students Apply on Campus

If you are already an MCCC student on campus and have completed college-level credits toward your degree, you can be admitted to Honors courses based on your MCCC GPA and/or a recommendation from a professor at Mercer. Contact the Director of the Mercer Honors Program or Honors Success Coach for more information.

Dr. Bettina Caluori
Director, Mercer Honors Program

Phone: 609-570-3595  /  LA169

Eugene Mok
Honors Success Coach and Coordinator

Phone: 609-570-3598/ ET 111

How International Students Apply

International students must complete 12 credits or more toward their degree at Mercer before applying for Honors. At that point you may apply to the Honors Program as a continuing student (see above).

Mercer Honors Program Essay Topics (2019-20)

Choose one of the topics below.
  1. Explain how your work on an assignment for a class changed the way you perceive yourself and the world around you.
  2. Describe something you read that occupied your mind for a long time–something you thought about over and over–and the impact or significance of that fully immersed attention.
  3. Describe an intellectual challenge or problem you faced–something that required brain work–and your process for achieving a creative solution.

Tips for Writing an Effective Essay

An application essay is an important opportunity to communicate about yourself. Remember while your transcript shows your courses and grades, your essay shows readers a thinking, feeling student. The guidelines below will help you compose an essay to support your application.
  1. Discuss ideas and examples that respond to the focus of the question and are unique to you. The discussion should not seem generic, as in the kind of thing that many students might say. It should be something shaped by your insights, personality, and the specific details of your own experience.
  2. Respond to the full question. Creativity with language is nice, of course, but each topic is interested in more than verbal flair and hopes to stimulate a specific examination of your academic engagement.
  3. Dig deep and develop a series of paragraphs that demonstrate a sequence of ideas.
  4. Revise, edit, and proofread to communicate the seriousness of your purpose and courtesy toward readers.