Program Requirements and Benefits
The Honors Program offers benefits to students who take honors classes and even more benefits for those who choose to complete the entire program.
1. Honors Classes
a. Honors classes are capped at 20 students, offering more chances for students to interact with their honors professors and shine in their classrooms.
b. Honors classes are taught seminar style, giving students more opportunities to participate and share their ideas.
c. Honors classes are filled with students who have chosen to join the Honors Program, so there is an enthusiasm for learning and a palpable drive to succeed.
d. Honors classes develop critical thinking, verbal communication, and written communication skills to prepare students for transfer.
a. Honors coordinators and faculty provide one-one-one mentoring, helping students do well in their classes, get involved in the college, choose a major, find a school for transfer, and complete their applications.
b. Our RCC honors liaison from the Financial Aid Office helps students find scholarships and other price breaks within RCCD and at the 4-year institutions of their choice.
c. Our honors counselors help students navigate the transfer process and keep them on track to transfer
a. The Honors Program offers opportunities for students to develop leadership skills as an Honors Advocate or a member of the Student Council.
b. The Honors Program takes field trips to colleges, museums, plays, and community events.
c. The Honors Program provides a space for students to study on campus and interact with their professors and peers. At RCC, students gather in the Honors Center in QD 207.
4. Opportunities for Student Research
a. Honors professors work with students to develop their work and revise it to be conference-ready.
b. The annual RCCD Honors Student Research Conference is a great opportunity for students to present their ideas to a small audience, and our college presidents offer awards each year to the best papers.
c. Honors professors offer practice sessions to work on students’ public speaking skills.
d. The annual UC Irvine Building Bridges Conference is another opportunity for students to present their ideas, this time to a larger audience. Our students (even when they’re nervous) always do well at this conference because they’re very well-prepared. In preparation for this conference, here are some informational documents
5. Transfer Agreements and Priority Admission to Top Schools
a. By completing the program, students can avail themselves of any or all of our transfer agreements.
b. When students are applying, they need to check the box for honors, and for UCLA, they also have to check the box for TAP (Transfer Alliance Program). UCLA requires an additional form to certify a student’s completion of the program. This form is due in the Spring.
c. Community college students who apply to UCLA usually get in at about a 30% rate, but students who apply after completing the Honors Program get in at over an 80% rate (depending on major).
d. Mills College (just for female undergraduates) not only offers honors students priority admission, but they also provide up to a $12,500 scholarship to any student who is accepted after completing the Honors Program at RCC, MVC, or NC.
e. Students should consult their honors coordinators for more information about transfer agreements and work closely with their counselors to choose their transfer institution.
a. To be eligible for the program, current RCCD students need:
___ 3.0 GPA in 9 transferable units
___ Eligibility for OR completion of English 1A
___ Completed Honors Program application
b. To be eligible for the program incoming high school students and all other 1st time college students need:
___ 3.0 GPA with unofficial transcripts provided
___ Eligibility for English 1A or completion of the equivalent of English 1A at another institution
___ Completed RCC application
___ Completed Honors Program application
c. All students must complete an honors orientation before or during their first semester in the program.
d. Students who may be slightly below the GPA requirement may submit an appeal for admission (link) into the program. The coordinators will have the authority to make limited exceptions when a student’s ability to benefit from and successfully complete the program is not accurately reflected by his or her transcripts.