Is there a deadline to apply for the Honors Program?

No, we accept applications all year round. However, we do recommend that you submit your application at least week or two before your registration appointment. So it is  processed and you can register for any honors class you like at the time of your appointment.

What honors classes should I take?

For help with scheduling and selecting your courses and meeting your academic goals as an honors student, it is strongly recommended that you consult with one of the Honors Counselor each semester to stay on track to meet your academic goals.

Please note: If you are a new (entering freshmen) student to Fullerton College and the Honors Program, please make sure you complete the matriculations steps before meeting with an Honors counselor.

Ms. Ana Tovar (in Transfer Center)

Appointments with Ms. Tovar can be made by calling the Transfer Center at (714) 992-7086 or by submitting a counseling intake form:

Mrs. Citlally Santana (in Counseling Center)

Appointments with Mrs. Santana can be made by calling the Counseling Center at (714) 992-7084.

Do honors students have priority registration?

Unfortunately no, Honors students do not have priority registration with regular classes. 

What GPA do you consider when you evaluate my application?

High School Graduates within the last semesters: which ever GPA is highest. 

Current College Students: Cumulative GPA

Do I have to take Honors classes every semester to maintain my honors status?

No, we understand that you have a busy schedule, and an educational plan that might not always align with the honors courses we offer. Instead work on completing the Honors certification steps.  

How many units do I have to complete to be Honors Certified?

For general Honors certification, you will need to complete 15 units of Honors courses. 

For STEM-tracked honors certification, you need to complete 9 units of Honors courses. 

If you would like to learn more about the eligibility criteria, and steps towards Honors certification, please click here



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If I am part of the Honors Program, can I be involved in other programs on campus such as Puente, STEM learning center, Honor Societies etc?

Yes, we encourage our students to be involved. Just make sure to look at the requirements of each program and see if it works for you. 

If I am a STEM major, do I have to take the STEM track Honors Certification route or can I complete the General Honors Certification?

It is up to you to choose which track you would like to take. It can seem like there is more work to do for the STEM track certification route, yet, if you complete them. It will provide an enriching academic experience and it will add a boost to your resume/college application. 

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?

In order to be eligible to join the Honors Program, you must meet at least one of the following:

  1. You are an incoming freshman with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or above.
  2. You are a continuing student at Fullerton College with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 in at least 9 academic units.

Returning Students (out of high school for 5 years or more), Veterans, International Students, and Special Admits who would like to join the Honors Program are accepted with no GPA minimum. All students in the Honors Program are expected to maintain a 3.25 GPA to continue in the program and need to have a 3.4 GPA and 15 units of honors coursework to be Honors Certified.

What's in it for me?

Honors students have access to a designated honors counselor with expertise in honors-related curricula.  You will have opportunities to hear about new honors courses, activities, speakers, and other items important to honors students.   You can also be a Fullerton College student 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 online, and the link is on both the Home page of the website and on the “Apply” page under the “About Honors” tab. Your application materials will be reviewed and a decision will be made.  Please note that applications that are submitted during the summer usually take longer to process.

How are Honors classes different from other classes? Are they more difficult?

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