What is the Honors Program?

JCC’s Honors Program provides stimulating academic opportunities for select students through additional challenges, supports, and ways to learn. Honors students enroll in special, honors-designated courses, engage in co-curricular activities, and take on fieldwork projects that synthesize academic and lived experiences. If this is the kind of college experience you want to have, please read on and contact the program coordinator Laura Turnbull.

Advantages of Being in the Honors Program

Honors Program students are invited to participate in unique events within the college and larger community.

  • Participants may seek advising and registration one week prior to general registration, helping to ensure their first selection of courses.
  • Students in the program are invited to attend special events, such as the President’s Roundtable, hosted by the college’s president.
  • Participants receive special library privileges.
  • Students who complete the program will be recognized at an annual reception.
  • Students who complete the program by satisfying all academic and participation requirements receive an honors citation which appears on their academic transcripts. In addition, these students are distinguished at commencement.

Eligibility Requirements

Students entering JCC for the first time with fewer than 12 college credits must have a high school grade point average of 90% or better, must be eligible to take a college-level English course and MAT 1540, and must have a reading score of 80 or better.  Students with 12 or more college credits who are eligible to take college-level English and MAT 1540 and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better are eligible for the program.  Those required to take placement tests must do so before they can be considered fully eligible for the Honors Program.

To stay in the program, a student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students will receive an honors designation on their transcripts if they do the following during their time at JCC:

  • maintain and graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better,
  • complete a minimum of nine hours of honors-designated coursework,
  • complete at least one honors fieldwork or service-learning course, and
  • attend at least four honors engagement activities.

Honors students are encouraged to enroll in one honors-designated course each semester during their JCC experience. A student who opts not to enroll in an honors-level course for two or more consecutive semesters (excluding summer) will no longer be considered an Honors Program participant and will relinquish program benefits.

Contact your advisor to discuss your eligibility or contact Laura Turnbull, program coordinator.

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