The Henry Ford II Honors Program offers a challenging and demanding academic program in which students and faculty form a learning community. Students from all fields of study grow and thrive through the Honors Program. They work to develop the tools and characteristics to succeed academically, personally, and professionally throughout their lives.

Honors students at Henry Ford College are challenged to excel academically as they develop their skills in composition, speech, independent research, and critical thinking. Henry Ford II Honors Program faculty members mentor students to explore their intellectual interests and potential in many areas. Students work together actively. Faculty members take an active role in assisting students in transferring to four-year transfer institutions of their choice, including applying for transfer scholarships.

An Outstanding Student Experience

The Henry Ford II Honors Program at HFC offers students a structured program consisting of core courses and requirements in humanities, English composition, science, math, and foreign language, as well as requirements in their major field of study. The program is designed to teach students to think critically and to conduct research through various methods, including the use of libraries, databases, and other resources. The goal is to gain the tools and characteristics to succeed academically, personally, and professionally throughout one's life.

In their second year, students work one-on-one with Honors faculty members in the unique setting of Honors Directed Studies. Students research subjects in depth, and are encouraged to work on projects that can be presented or published. Those in the performing or creative arts are encouraged to work on projects that can be exhibited, performed, or broadcast. Students will also complete a Great Works class.

Students receive multiple opportunities to engage with communities locally and, in some cases, abroad.

As one example, the specialized transfer program called Transfer Bridges to the Humanities @ University of Michigan was established in 2018 specifically for Liberal Arts and Humanities majors to transfer to U-M Ann Arbor's College of Literature, Science and the Arts, including U-M's Honors Program. These students begin their connections with UM students and faculty from their first semester at HFC, so the transfer experience will be comfortable, seamless, and rewarding.

Transfer to Four-Year Universities

Graduates of the Henry Ford II Honors Program have gone on to major institutions of higher learning. To name a few:

  • College for Creative Studies
  • Connecticut College
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia)
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University School of Pharmacy
  • Indiana University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Texas A & M
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • University of Southern California
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University
  • and many more

Student academic success is not limited to the undergraduate level. Henry Ford II Honors graduates have gained admission to their top-choice schools of law, medicine, veterinary medicine, business, and various other graduate schools.

Earn a Transfer Scholarship

Many of our graduates are the recipients of prestigious transfer scholarships, including:

  • Warrior Scholarship at Wayne State University
  • Community College Transfer Scholarship at the University of Michigan
  • Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
  • Michigan Grant at the University of Michigan
  • Regents Scholarship at Eastern Michigan
  • Jesuit Founders’ Scholarship at the University of Detroit Mercy
  • Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship at several regional universities

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average in high school and an SAT score of 1260 or higher. Currently enrolled HFC students must have completed 12 or more hours in 100-level or higher courses as a full-time student or have completed 15 cumulative hours in 100-level or higher courses as a part-time student before applying to the Honors Program. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in their senior year in high school, because applications are considered year-round. The program is open to part-time and full-time students.

Applicants must submit an Honors Program application form, along with their high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. High school applicants must also submit a general college application form and a high school transcript to the HFC Admissions Office.

Honors Program Application for non-HFC students PDF

Honors Program Application for current HFC students PDF

Scholarships at HFC

A limited number of merit-based scholarships covering tuition are available to qualified students. Successful applicants to the program are automatically considered for these scholarships.

Learn about Honors Program Experience in Person

Meet with faculty, current students, and alumni to get a taste of the HFC Honors Student Experience at our annual open house.

Attend the Honors Program Experience

Honors Students and Alumni

The Honors Program at Henry Ford College was the launching point for numerous successful graduates and exciting projects. View some of the success stories and biographies of students who have completed the program:

Henry Ford II Honors Program Alumni


For more information contact:

Adam R Hazlett, D.A., Director, Henry Ford II Honors Program