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Honors Admission Criteria

Honors Admission Criteria

Review the following information to learn about the honor studies program (AA -7020) at HACC. You must meet certain criteria to be accepted into the program.

How Do I Qualify for the Program?

This program is a selective admission program with specific admission criteria. Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the Honors Studies Program. You must meet certain minimum criteria and apply to the program.

In order to apply to the program, you must be:

  • A new student who scored at the college-level in reading and writing on the College Placement Test. New students who score at the developmental reading and/or writing levels are not eligible to apply to the program.
  • A current or returning student. You must have completed all the required developmental reading and writing courses.
  • A current or returning student with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher -after completing six or more credits of college-level coursework.

How Do I Apply to the Program?

To apply to the Honors Studies Program, you must:

  1. Write a letter of interest
  2. Have an interview with the Honors Studies Program Director

Your letter of interest should:

  • Be between 750 and 1,000 words.
  • Discuss how education can help students become global citizens of the future.
  • Be submitted to the Honors Studies Program Director, Program Campus Contacts or the Honors Studies Counselor.
  • Be submitted before interviewing with the Director.

You may present a three-to-five-minute video or oral presentation in lieu of the written letter of interest.

What Is the Application Deadline and Class Selection Date?

The program is on a rolling basis.

How Do I Register for Classes?

You will need to meet with an Honors Studies Campus Contact/Advisor to develop an educational plan.

Are There Requirements for Staying in the Program?

You must meet certain requirements in order to stay in the program after acceptance. You need to:

  • Complete all Honors classes with a B or higher
  • Maintain an overall 3.25 GPA

If your grades fall below 3.25, you may reapply when your cumulative GPA rises to 3.25 or higher.

How Do I Graduate in the Program?

To graduate with an Honors Studies degree, you must:

  • Complete the required Honors coursework.
  • Complete six credits of 200-level transfer electives (can be non-Honors courses).
  • Take the Honors Foundation Seminar during the first year of enrollment.
  • Take the Capstone Seminar during the last semester of the program.

What Other Courses Do I Need to Take?

You will need to take the remaining 30-credits encompassing the Associate Degree in the General Education and/or discipline-related subject area of your choice. This will include a 1-credit Wellness course.

We strongly encourage Honors Studies students to select their field/discipline concentration courses in consultation with the Honors Studies Program Director, Campus Faculty Contact or Honors Studies Counselor. Your consultation will help you apply to courses that meet the appropriate transfer or other degree requirements.

How Do I Transfer to a Different College or University as an Honors Student?

We strongly encourage Honors Studies transfer students to narrow their transfer options. We also advise you to choose your transfer institution as soon as possible.

Can I Take Honor-Designated Courses Without Being in the Program?

Yes, you can take honor-designated courses without being in the program. You must:

  • Have completed all the developmental reading and writing courses required for the College Testing and Placement Program.
  • Meet Honors course pre-requisites.
  • Maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher in all Honors courses.

Who Can I Contact for More Information on the Program?

Contact Heather Burns at 717-718-0328, ext. 3529 or hlburns@hacc.edu.