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Honors Transfer Certification

Certification/Completion Requirements:

Special recognition is awarded to transferring or graduating students who meet the following requirements:
  • Students must be enrolled in the Honors Program before the start of their fall semester prior to transfer (i.e., before the fall semester in which UC and CSU transfer applications are due).  
  • Certification for Honors transfer status requires that students first meet the general requirements for transfer to the university, and be on target to complete their major requirements as well as the requirements for alternate majors identified on the original application for transfer.
  • Complete at least 15 Honors units distributed over at least three different subject areas. Earn a letter grade in each course (complete at least 12* of the 15 honors units BEFORE the start of your final spring semester at OCC to qualify for honors transfer certification.
  • Show evidence that any remaining honors coursework required for certification is in progress during the final semester at OCC. Students are welcome to go over the minimum honors unit requirement or take more than the remaining required units in their final semester (certification for honors transfer priority consideration depends on at least 12 honors units being complete before the start of the final semester with any remaining units "in progress" -- that is, confirmed enrollment in those classes)
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 in all transferable coursework, including courses taken at other institutions. (This requirement must be met immediately prior to beginning the final spring semester at OCC for certification.)
  • Show a “line out” or “exclusion” for any course with a D, F, or NC/NP (no credit/no pass); this may be accomplished with course repetition for a passing grade and a petition filed with the OCC Records Office to request the exclusion of a substandard grade OR through Academic Renewal, which is addressed with the help of a counselor)
  • Possess a transcript free of Incomplete grades that carry the potential of disqualification for certification or recognition of completion, including IB, IC, ID, IF, INP)
  • Meet with an honors counselor to review eligibility and submit final paperwork for honors transfer certification by the annual deadline (usually early to mid-February)
  • Resolve any incidents of academic dishonesty or violations of campus conduct policies prior to requesting certification or transcript notation for the completion of the Honors Program. Disciplinary action must have been resolved without temporary or permanent dismissal from the college. Students must be in good standing with the OCC Dean of Students' Office.

*In some cases, students may be granted certification with more than three units of Honors coursework in progress during the final spring semester prior to transfer. Approval through an appeals process is required.  The final decision to certify a student will be made by the Honors Counselors and may take up to three weeks. It is critical to petition early to allow enough time between an approval and the required appointment with an Honors Counselor to finalize the application process.  To obtain the petition form, please contact the office:


Credit for Honors coursework completed at other institutions:
A maximum of one-half the required UC-transferable semester honors units for certification/completion may be earned at another community college toward completion of the Honors Program at OCC. Check with an Honors Counselor before registering for courses that you may wish to apply to your OCC Honors Program completion.

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Certification Forms and Deadlines:

UCI Honors to Honors Certification:  meet with an Honors Counselor no later than February 10.  Complete any required forms and bring them with you or email them ahead of your appointment with your Honors Counselor.  UCI Honors to Honors transfer applies when an Honors-certified student is admitted to UCI with a 3.70 minimum transferable cum GPA.  Students will be certified for priority transfer consideration to UCI with a 3.50 or higher GPA

UCLA "TAP" (Transfer Alliance Program) certification: Meet with an Honors Counselor no later than February 15. Complete any required forms and bring them with you or email them ahead of your appointment with your Honors Counselor. Certification requires that students apply to College of Letters and Science majors EXCEPT Communications, and/or to a qualifying alternate major in the College.  TAP requires a 3.50 or higher GPA

Note: Students may petition for exceptions to certain Honors Program policies that may otherwise block their enrollment, continuation, or certification/ completion. To find out more about the petition process and request the necessary form, please contact the Honors Office: Phone: 714.432.5601; Email:; or visit during walk-in hours: Garrison Honors Center

Updated 1/25/20