What is the FMHC?

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Niemeyer Living Center aerial view

The Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning & Living Center, which opened in 2008.


The mission of the Frederik Meijer Honors College is to inspire and empower motivated students to be intellectually curious lifelong learners who make positive contributions to their local and global communities, and serve as capable leaders and active global citizens.


The Frederik Meijer Honors College is an alternative general education program for students who wish to make the most of their college career. Many of our classes are interdisciplinary and team-taught while utilizing smaller class sizes to elicit greater discussion. These smaller classes, coupled with the fact that many professors hold office hours nearby, foster a deeper personal connection between students and professors. Another feature of our curriculum is an active schedule of co-curricular activities, both on campus and off.

The Honors College also includes an integrated living and learning environment promoting intellectual curiosity and an enthusiasm for learning that will live on well beyond our students' undergraduate years. The Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center offers students the opportunity to take classes in the same building in which they live. The Honors Office, Honors Director, and many professors' offices are located in the Niemeyer building, giving students quick and easy access to all resources available. There are Honors housing options on the north side of campus as well in the Holton-Hooker Learning & Living Center, which offers a vibrant Honors freshman community with spacious common areas, meeting space for staff and students, and proximity to many campus facilities, including the Commons, the Marketplace, the Kindschi Hall of Science, and the Fieldhouse.

Key Words

The Honors curriculum is structured around four key words:

Connect – Students begin with a team-taught sequence of connected courses, exploring a topic or issue of interest with the same faculty and classmates for a full year.

Engage – Students stretch themselves by joining student organizations, attending campus lectures and performances, and exploring academic topics that round out their general education. Many conduct original research or study abroad.

Deepen – In seminars led by highly qualified faculty, students inquire into specific scholarly questions or issues with interdisciplinary scope.

Apply – Students work with closely with a faculty mentor on a self-designed, semester-long scholarly or creative project.

Click here for information about the Honors curriculum.