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The mission of the Honors Program at JCCC is to provide intellectually motivated students an inclusive and supportive environment in which to foster their curiosity, and identify tools and resources needed to challenge themselves, take risks, solve problems, and hone their leadership skills to serve as active citizens and leaders within their communities.

How to Join the JCCC Honors Program

The decision to join an Honors Program should not be taken lightly. It will change your JCCC experience and likely the rest of your life.

When you apply to Honors, you apply to join a community of like-minded, curious and motivated students, actively engaged in the community and supportive of one another. We look forward to reading your honors application!

  • Applications from students with a 3.5 high school or JCCC (at least 12 credit hours) GPA will be considered.
  • Students seeking admission into the Honors Program must complete and submit the honors application and write a short essay to be reviewed by the Honors Program director.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and you may expect a response within seven days of submission.

We want you to be successful! Please take a moment to review our application recommendations:

  • Make sure that your GPA (either high school or JCCC after 12 credit hours) qualifies you for the program. Don’t yet have the 3.5 GPA you are hoping for? Reach out to our director, Anne Dotter, at Students may be admitted on a conditional basis; each student’s request for consideration is carefully examined individually.
  • When completing the application, you'll find this prompt:

    To help us better support your goals, tell us in a short essay all the ways in which the honors requirements and resources will support you in making the best of your JCCC degree. Your short essay (no more than 400 words) should describe precisely what honors course(s) and experiential learning opportunities make the most sense to help prepare you for your future endeavors.

    When completing the application, make sure to answer all parts of the question. We repeat, answer all parts of the prompt so as to expedite the process. You may need to look at the JCCC website a little more carefully to list courses that you are interested in.

    If you are not sure which courses you will need, we highly recommend that you consult your Degree Check. Reach out to the Honors Program office if you need help.

The Benefits of Joining the JCCC Honors Program

  • Community of motivated and curious students
  • Honors advising
  • Opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty and explore areas of interest in greater depth
  • Small class sizes of engaged learners
  • Opportunities to present at national and regional conferences
  • Enhanced preparation for transfer to a four-year degree program
  • Honors scholarship and mini-grants
  • Transcript notation
  • Early enrollment
  • Graduation ceremony for Honors Program graduates and special recognition at JCCC graduation ceremony
  • Transfer and scholarship assistance and facilitation of entry into a university honors program

The list of benefits is not exhaustive. We can start to describe what we see as benefits, but your peers are better positioned to do so. See what they have to say about Honors.