TAKE HONORS COURSES RIGHT AWAY AND ENROLL IN THE HONORS PROGRAM EARLY.
Honors courses are open to all students, whether or not they are enrolled in the OCC Honors Program. Our Honors courses are available to any student who wants to dive in to a particular field of study and earn credit that may be needed later for Honors Transfer Certification and Completion.
Early enrollment in the Honors Program helps us keep you informed about special opportunities and deadlines, and monitor your progress toward certification and completion. Begin by requesting the information and application you'll need in order to apply (see link below for "Online Orientation"). When you receive our email with the application, start by fully acquainting yourself with Honors Program benefits and enrollment criteria. Then, take the Orientation Quiz and submit your application with the required documentation. You are urged to meet with an Honors Counselor before or as soon after enrolling in the Honors Program as possible.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS AND INCOMING FRESHMEN:
First-semester freshmen who graduated high school within 12 months of entering OCC, may be admitted to the Honors Program if they earned a 3.25 cum GPA for grades 9-12 (weighted or unweighted) and who earned a score of 3 or higher on either one of the AP English exams OR who complete Freshman Composition in the summer prior to their first full semster at OCC, First-semester freshmen are urged to begin their honors coursework right away, even if they may need to wait until a future semester to apply to the Honors Program. All honors courses taken at OCC will apply to the 15-unit minimum requirement for Honors Transfer Certification and Program Completion.
FOR STUDENTS WITH 12 OR MORE COLLEGE UNITS (CREDITS) COMPLETED:
With the completion of at least 12 units of college coursework (each with a letter grade of A, B, or C), a minimum cum GPA of 3.25 in all college coursework, satisfaction of the English composition requirement (AP score of 3 or higher OR Freshman Composition (ENGL A100) or a higher-level English critical thinking/writing course, and absence of substandard grades on all college transcripts (i.e., D, F, NP/NC), students qualify for admission to the Honors Program. Honors coursework completed prior to admission to the Program will be applied toward certification and Program completion requirements.
The ONLINE ORIENTATION is an opportunity for new and continuing students at OCC to learn about the eligibility, application, enrollment, continuation, and completion requirements for the Honors Program, as well as the variety of benefits that Honors students may earn: honors transfer priority at schools like UCLA and UCI, and other transfer opportunities to Columbia University SGS, Georgetown, and many other top-tier universities, the privilege of competing for exclusive scholarships, submission of writing and fine art work to regional competitions for publication, and presentation of research at Honors conferences.
Prospective applicants will learn about Honors Student Council (HSC); Garrison Fellows and other recognitions offered by the Honors Program, etc. Although not directly related to the Honors Program, we'll try to get you acquainted with the 16 academic honor societies; the honor rolls (President's List, Dean's List, Honors List); Honors Night; OCC general and outside scholarships, TAG (UC transfer guarantees), and more.
REQUEST THE HONORS PROGRAM INFO, APPLICATION, AND QUIZ LINK:
1. USE YOUR STUDENT EMAIL ADDRESS ONLY (i.e., @student.cccd.edu)
to send a request for orientation materials and the link to the ORIENTATION QUIZ. Email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Look for a response in your STUDENT email with attachments, including the most recent application form, Honors Program brochure, and a Garrison Honors Center booklet.
USE YOUR STUDENT EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ALL CAMPUS CORRESPONDENCE. It is your responsibility to make sure you're receiving our messages. Please be sure that you've linked your student email address to your off-campus email address.**
NOT IN THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR STUDENT EMAIL DAILY? FORWARD YOUR CAMPUS MAIL:
Set up your STUDENT email account to forward mail to your off-campus email account:
Log on to MyCoast.
Click on the email icon or Gmail logo. When your Inbox appears, click on "Settings" in the upper right corner of the window or in the pull-down menu associated with the cog (toothed wheel) icon. On the Settings page, click on the tab marked "Forwarding POP/IMAP." In the top section of the Forwarding page,
click the radio button to begin forwarding email and type in your preferred email address; then follow the instructions to confirm your request.
When finished, be sure to SAVE by clicking on the Save button at the bottom of the Forwarding page. That's all there is to it! Be sure to send yourself a test message to your STUDENT email account. It should show up shortly in your off-campus email Inbox. If you need help, please stop in during office hours. We'll be happy to assist you.