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Our highly regarded honors program provides a unique opportunity for students to take an alternative track through the interdisciplinary studies requirements of the university. Incoming undergraduate students with either a 3.25 cumulative grade point average or a score of 24 or higher on the ACT are eligible to apply.

"Students who have participated in our honors program and have completed their senior honors project have done very, very well in their search for employment after Lakeland University," says Meg Albrinck, vice president for academic affairs. "And those who wish to go on to graduate school are very well-placed because they can discuss their undergraduate research project as part of their graduate application process."

How is it different?

As an honors program member, you will blaze your own trail. You will choose what you want to study and what you want to learn, which puts a lot of responsibility in your hands – but also gives you ownership of your academic direction.

Your freshman year, you will be part of a cohort of about 20 other honors program students. This group will take a year's worth of courses together, six hours a week during that first year. You will remain a part of that cohort in the second year, while at the same time beginning to branch out on your own.

Honors Program at Lakeland

The honors program culminates with a senior project, which can involve anything from an academic breakthrough to a societal contribution. Listed below are just a handful of recent senior projects completed by Lakeland University graduates who successfully completed the honors program:

  • Study of the impact Asian carp have on the Lake Michigan sport fishing industry
  • Analysis of the levels of tryptophan in various food preparation methods , with review of levels of tryptophan in Lakeland University dining service food
  • Study of how a specific vocabulary building technique at the Sheboygan Early Learning Center (4K) increased literacy
  • Introduction of Wii Fit to senior citizens to improve their mobility and agility
  • Study of how parental relationships impact children's attitudes toward marriage
  • Examination of how the study of evolution correlates with religious beliefs
  • Development of exercise protocol to reduce occurrence of ACL injuries

To be considered for the Honors Program, applicants must have a 3.25 GPA or better in high school or from transfer institutions; or 24 or higher for composite ACT. You can apply online or to request more information please contact Jessica Kalmar by email at or by phone 920-565-1000 ext. 2344.

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