Ucla Honors College Essay

Eligibility and Application

Application Process

Apply to the Honors Transfer Program online. Click Here.

Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to participate in the Honors Transfer Program. You are encouraged to submit your application at any time of year. Our counseling staff will process applications twice per year (applications will not be reviewed over the summer)

Fall 2017
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Notification: October 15, 2017

Spring 2018
Deadline: March 4, 2018
Notification: March 20, 2018

Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to participate in Honors classes.

Honors Transfer Program Eligibility

To qualify for admission to the Honors Transfer Program a student must have both of the following two criteria:

  • Be eligible for English 100 and MATH 125, 130, 140, 200, 222, 241, or 251.
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 3.5 or a cumulative college GPA of 3.3 in at least 9 units of transferable courses.

Completion of the Program

Admitted members must complete a minimum of 15 units of honors course credit with a "C" or better and have a minimum overall 3.3 transfer GPA. A maximum of two courses can be from Honors contracts.

Note: "transfer GPA" applies to transfer-level courses that you have taken at Cañada College and other institutions. Make sure that Cañada College has your transcripts from all of the other colleges you have attended.

Benefits of completing the Honors Transfer Program

  1. Participation in the courageous pursuit of knowledge
  2. Priority transfer opportunities at prestigious 4-year institutions through the Honors Transfer Council of California. These may include guaranteed or priority acceptance consideration, special scholarships, housing priority, pre-transfer library privileges, and a range of other academic, cultural, and social benefits. 
  3. Priority transfer opportunities at two University of California (UC) campuses:
    1. UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) specific to the College of Letters and Science (once admitted, an additional application is required to enter UCLA's honors program)
    2. UC Irvine honors-to-honors (admitted students are automatically accepted into UCI's honors program)
  4. Special recognition at graduation, and notations on your transcripts and your degree/certificate.
  5. Possible selection for participation in the Cañada College Research Conference (occurs every spring semester)
  6. Possible selection for participation in the Bay Area Honors Symposium (occurs every spring semester)
  7. Specialized academic advising from the Cañada Honors Counselor
  8. Enhanced scholarship opportunities from Cañada College and other transfer institutions specific to honors (e.g., Mills College in Oakland, CA; UCLA TAP)
  9. Priority registration in Cañada/SMCCCD classes

Hear from the students

  • This is what one student has to say about starting in ESL classes and working his way up to Honors classes. click here
  • This is what one student has to say about starting in English 836 and working her way up to Honors English 100. click here

If you have further questions, please contact Professor Susan Mahoney, Honors Transfer Program Coordinator, at mahoneys@smccd.edu, (650) 306-3297, Building 18, room 114.

A Dynamic Educational  Curriculum

Honors isn't just about completing an extra assignment or two.

Honors is about participating in stimulating discussions within a small group and with top-notch instructors who are experts in their field. It's about digging deeper, not skimming the surface. It's an experience you won't forget!

I believe that the Honors Institute is the heart and soul of the scholastic experience for any dedicated student at Foothill College.

- Ellie Chambers (transferred to UC Berkeley)

Experience specialized courses, special focus seminars, exposure to exciting cultural opportunities, and transfer scholarship opportunities. You are in good hands with the Honors Institute. Our very own counselors, faculty and staff will work with you every step of the way.

You can also increase chances of being accepted to UCLA's College of Letters and Sciences.


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