Students interested in becoming members of the Honors College should first apply for admission to Michigan State University.
Eliminate any generalizations or platitudes (“I’m a people person”, “Doctors save lives”, or “Mr.
Calleson’s classes changed my life”), or anything that could be cut and pasted into anyone else’s application.
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We encourage students who do not hear from the Honors College to follow up regarding their interest using the instructions below.
The Honors College is home to a culturally diverse student body including but not limited to students from low income backgrounds, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and students with varied and multiple academic interests hailing from around the country and world.This handout will help you write and revise the personal statement required by many graduate programs, internships, and special academic programs.Because the application essay can have a critical effect upon your progress toward a career, you should spend significantly more time, thought, and effort on it than its typically brief length would suggest.You may want to start by just getting something—anything—on paper. Think about the questions we asked above and the prompt for the essay, and then write for 15 or 30 minutes without stopping.What do you want your audience to know after reading your essay? Don’t worry about grammar, punctuation, organization, or anything else. For help getting started, see our handout on brainstorming. Find the most relevant, memorable, concrete statements and focus in on them.Applications that have several short-answer essays require even more detail.Get straight to the point in every case, and address what they’ve asked you to address.With this in mind: Imagine the worst-case scenario (which may never come true—we’re talking hypothetically): the person who reads your essay has been in the field for decades.She is on the application committee because she has to be, and she’s read 48 essays so far that morning.Typically students in our first year class have a combination of the following: The Honors College may also request additional information, such as 7th semester grades, before extending an invitation to membership.If you have not heard from the Honors College and you have exhibited a commitment to intellectual curiosity and academic rigor, you may submit an additional essay and current grades in order to receive further consideration.