The Cleveland State University Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Honors College was established in 2014 to serve the needs of academically talented students. The College houses three distinct programs; the University Honors Program, the University Scholars Program and the Mandel Continuing Scholars Program. The Mandel Continuing Scholars Program was newly created in spring 2017 with the generous support of the Mandel Foundation. The Program creates a pipeline between the Mandel Scholars Academy at Cuyahoga Community College and the Mandel Honors College at Cleveland State University. It is the first program of its kind in the country.
Each year, the University Honors Program accepts a very limited number of students; approximately 40 first-year students and 20 juniors. The Mandel Continuing Scholars Program accepts 25 students and the program is only available to students enrolled in the Mandel Scholars Academy at Cuyahoga Community College. The University Scholars Program has the capacity to admit a larger number of students than the University Honors Program; however, all students accepted into Honors College Programs have demonstrated superior academic achievement through their coursework and results on tests such as the ACT and SAT.
Once accepted, students enjoy a range of challenges and benefits through the Mandel Honors College. These include:
- Small-section general education classes: Each year, Honors College students may choose from a selection of specially designed honors general education courses offered in a small class format by instructors selected for their record of teaching excellence.
- Honors College major programs: Each undergraduate major offers a specially designed version of the major for Honors College students, providing them with opportunities to acquire additional skills, engage in research while still undergraduates, work one-on-one with professors, and gain practical, real-world experience.
- Special advising: Each Honors College student is assigned to a special advisor who works with them to design an academic program suited to their needs and interests. Honors College advisors are specially trained to understand the needs of Honors College students and are able to give each student individual attention and assistance.
- Honors community: Honors College students form a community within the larger CSU community. Through the Honors College general education courses, the possibility of living on the Honors College floor in the residence hall, access to the Honors College Lounge, Honors College students have many opportunities to work and play together and to develop strong ties with others in the college.
- Scholarship Information: Honors Program and Mandel Scholars students at CSU receive a substantial scholarship. Honors Program students in good standing receive this support throughout their four-year undergraduate academic career. Students entering as juniors and Mandel Scholars will receive scholarship support for two years. The University Scholars is a purely academic program that offers no financial support. Scholars are urged to explore internal and external sources of financial support for their education.