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How and When to Enroll

NO NEED TO WAIT!  START TAKING HONORS CLASSES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE -- REGISTER JUST AS YOU WOULD FOR ANY OTHER CLASS.  Honors classes at OCC are open to all students who meet the requirements for non-Honors versions of the same courses. Honors classes are designed to help you develop strong critical thinking and writing skills sought by top universities.  Our students enjoy more interaction with classmates and their instructors than is usually possible in large lectures.


Early enrollment helps us keep you informed about special opportunities and deadlines. Begin by requesting the information and application you'll need in order to apply. 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. 

THE HONORS ORIENTATON 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.  



1.  USE YOUR STUDENT EMAIL ADDRESS ONLY  (i.e., to send a request for orientation materials and the link to the ORIENTATION QUIZ.  Email your request to:


2.  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.** 



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.

Updated  12/9/21