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Honors Program

About the Honors Program

What is the Honors Program?

The Honors Program seeks academically motivated and high-achieving students who wish to engage in rigorous academic opportunities to develop their high-level intellectual and critical thinking skills. Members of the program will develop their leadership skills as they engage in cultural and academic experiences during their time at NVCC, which will expand opportunities for transfer to a wide range of academic institutions. Graduates that meet the program requirements will receive an Honors designation on their transcript.

Who can apply?

Full-time and part-time students: 

We will start reviewing applications on November 1, 2021.  

Applications are accepted through December 1, 2021 for the spring 2022 semester.

Admission Criteria - New Students

  • Entrance Essay:
  • 250 Words - “What do you feel is the value of being an Honors Program student, and how will this help you reach your goals?”
  • Letter of Recommendation: From High School teacher
  • In addition to the essay and recommendation letter, one of these three criteria must also be met:
    • SAT/ACT scores: for acceptance SAT score 1200; ACT score 25 
    • High school class rank requirement top 20% 
    • High school grade point average, 3.7 out of a 4.0 or above

Admission Criteria - Returning/Transfer Students

  • Entrance Essay: 250 Words “What do you feel is the value of being an Honors Program student, and how will this help you reach your goals?”
  • Letter of Recommendation from an NVCC faculty member (or from a professor at previous institution if transferring in)

In addition to the essay and recommendation letter, returning/transfer students must also

  • Possess GPA of 3.7 or above with completion of 12 credits minimum

To graduate with Honors Distinction:

All students in the program must maintain a GPA of 3.7 or above

Incoming Freshman:

Total of 9 Honors Credits:
  • Honors FYE (3 credits) – focus on honors-level research and approaches to inquiry
  • Honors ENG 101 (3 credits)
  • Honors Capstone during final year (3-6 credits) – Fulfilled by Honors RES 211 and 212
    • Students may fulfill with just RES 211, but will be encouraged to take 212 as well
    • Fulfills Continuing Education and Scientific Reasoning competencies

Returning/Transfer Students:

  • Must have one year left to complete degree to enter program
  • Those students who have already taken FYE and ENG 101, will be required to take BOTH Honors RES 211 and 212 OR Honors ENG 102
        (if offered) and Honors RES 211

What’s in it for you?

  • Honors Orientation (for program and for college)
  • Assignments to Honors Advisor
  • Early course registration
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Designated Honors Librarian
  • Honors lunches or dinners with college or system administrators
  • Development of relationships in the community through job shadowing, internships, and research opportunities
  • Honors colloquia with invited speakers
  • Opportunities to attend national Honors’ conferences
  • Competition to spend a semester abroad
  • Designated Honors Carrels in Library
  • Prioritized opportunities for NVCC committee memberships

How to apply:

How to Apply & Application to the Honors Program

Contact Professors Kim O’Donnell ( or Rachel Sackett ( with any questions.
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