Flory Honors Program
"As a Flory Fellow, you'll create, explore and challenge yourself in the company of students who are also highly motivated to grow and succeed.”
Looking for even more challenge? Want to better your best? Ready to prepare for grad school and life after college?
You’ll find it all in the Flory Honors Program.
If you are an incoming student with a high school GPA of 3.8 or higher, an SAT of 1270 or higher or ACT 27 or higher, and a strong record of academic achievement, you will be invited to join the Flory Honors Program. Or, if you are a current student with a GPA of at least a 3.5, you may be nominated by a professor for membership.
Received an invitation?
As a Flory Fellow, you will:
- Join a motivated network of academically oriented students
- Enjoy resources to support and reinforce your curiosity and leadership skills
- Develop and articulate the research and independent thinking skills cherished by graduate programs and potential employers
- Have access to scholarship opportunities
Find out more below about the curriculum and opportunities available only to Flory Fellows.
Flory Fellows are entitled to take a personalized curriculum of special honors courses at Bridgewater. You will start with an honors section of PDP 150: Critical Enquiry in the Liberal Arts, the College’s first year seminar. To graduate as a Flory Fellow you must finish a minimum of seven honors courses or honors upgrades, including your Honors Project and the Honors Capstone Seminar.
Special sections of regular general education courses, honors classes are limited to 15 students, enabling a higher, more engaged level of discussion and discourse.
Work closely with a professor to determine ways you will delve deeper into the topics and content presented in any class on campus.
In your junior or senior year, you will work closely with a professor on a three-credit, original honors project.
The Senior Capstone Seminar:
Bring together the knowledge you’ve gained during your college career in a final-semester seminar where you will come together with other honors students to share your experiences and plan for the next stage of life.
Opportunities & Benefits
Along with the personalized honors curriculum, the Flory Honors Program promotes a lively, engaging and inspiring intellectual community of scholars and friends. As a Flory Fellow you will have unique opportunities at Bridgewater College and be part of an extracurricular life focused on building personal relationships and maintaining and strengthening the honors community.
Unique Scholarship Opportunities:
As a Flory Fellow, you will have access to scholarship opportunities and research fellowships.
As a Flory Fellow, you will receive priority registration for classes throughout your time at Bridgewater.
As a way of extending the Flory Honors community outside of the classroom, first-year Flory Fellows have the opportunity to live on an honors floor in a residence hall. Upperclassmen in the Flory Honors Program are able to live in specific honors houses.
National Fellowship Application Mentoring:
Flory Fellows receive specific, personal encouragement and mentoring from a select group of professors when applying for national fellowships such as the Fulbright, Truman and Rhodes, in addition to support on applications for Bridgewater College opportunities.
Exclusive Honors Retreats, Activities & Events:
As a community of friends as well as scholars, Flory Fellows participate in a wide range of honors activities, ranging from dinners with faculty to a book club with the College President to outings and cultural events.
Flory Honors Graduation Requirements
To graduate as a Flory Fellow, you are required to maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average and complete a minimum of seven honors courses, including an honors project and the honors capstone seminar. You will receive special recognition at commencement, a corresponding imprint on your diploma and an honorary medallion.
Questions? Contact Us!
Dr. Brandon Marsh, Director