Fresno State’s Smittcamp Program accepts new high school graduates

Fifty high school graduates from throughout California make up the 17th class of President’s Honors Scholars in the Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State.

The Honors College selected the 50 freshmen from more than 500 applicants, said director of the Honors College, Dr. Saeed Attar.

Every year, each student will receive a President’s Honors Scholarship for their undergraduate degree program for up to eight semesters. Scholarships cover in-state registration and an optional credit for standard university housing.

Applicants must score 1800 or above on the SAT (or 27 or above on the ACT), be in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class or have a minimum 3.8 GPA in college-preparation classes.

Each President’s Scholar is required to volunteer a minimum of 70 hours of community service through their junior year. To remain in the program, the student must enroll in at least 12 units and earn a minimum 3.25 GPA in the first and second years, and a minimum 3.5 GPA in the third and fourth years.

More than 90 percent of Honors College scholars graduate in four years, many with summa cum laude (3.9 GPA or higher) or magna cum laude (3.7 GPA or higher) distinctions.

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Bridget Webster: 559-441-6304, @bridgetw05