Are honors courses only for honors students?

Yes, you must be accepted into the program on active or probationary status to take Honors courses.

What are the requirements for being in the program?

For entering freshmen, a SAT score of 1760 or ACT score of 27 or above or a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above; or For continuing students at Fullerton College, a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 in at least 9 academic units and passing or being eligible to enroll in English 100. For continuing students, completion of one honors course with a grade of B or above.

What's in it for me?

Honors students have access to a designated honors counselor with expertise in honors-related curriculum.  You will have opportunities to hear about new honors courses, activities, speakers, and other items important to honors students.   You can also walk around campus knowing that you are getting the most you can academically from Fullerton College.

Where can I apply for the Honors Program?

You can apply for the program at any time during the year. Applications are available in the Office of Special Programs in room 225. Your application materials will be reviewed and a decision will be made.  Applications submitted during the summer usually take longer to process.  There is a downloadable application on the honors website at

How are Honors classes different from other classes?

One of the first things you will discover about honors classes is that they are smaller than the average class at Fullerton College so you can take a more active role in your own learning and get to know your fellow students and instructors. You will also find that Honors instructors teach their courses in a seminar style. Rather than lecturing, they encourage student participation and expand regular assignments by incorporating student projects and presentations. While the work is more challenging, the same grading standards are applied in Honors Program classes as in any other class. Most students find that honors courses stimulate them to be more responsive and creative and to do their very best.

What are the benefits of the Honors Program?
  • Close academic and social interaction with other highly motivated honors students and faculty.
  • Honors transfer agreements signed with various colleges and universities.
  • Honors designation on all college transcripts and the Associates Degree.
  • Letters of recommendation for scholarships, transfer applications and employment.
  • Honors receptions, special lectures, cultural events, and awards ceremonies.
  • Exchange opportunities through the National Collegiate Honors Council which offers semester-long programs at major colleges and universities all over the United States