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The Mercer Honors Program

How Incoming New Students Apply

New students starting Fall 2019 who are interested in Mercer Honors are encouraged to apply to the program beginning in early 2019.
Please return to this page at that time, or contact Bettina Caluori, Director, at if you have immediate questions.

How Continuing MCCC Students Apply on Campus

If you are already an MCCC student on campus and have completed 12 credits or more toward your degree, you can be admitted to Honors courses based on your MCCC GPA and/or a recommendation from a professor at Mercer. You do not need to submit letters of recommendation and an essay. Contact the Director of the Mercer Honors Program for more information.

      Dr. Bettina Caluori, Director, Mercer Honors Program
      Phone: 609-570-3595  /  LA169

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 left).

Mercer Honors Program Essay Topics (2017-18)

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.