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Q: What is the main difference between an Honors and a non-Honors class?
A student who is an Honors cohort is in the exact same class as the other students in the regular section. The difference is that an Honors cohort requires a student to do at least 10 hours of work outside of class for the quarter, and the work must be more rigorous than the regular class. This is often an assignment such as an extra research paper, more rigorous research, community service with critical thinking, a creative project, etc. Students MUST complete the additional assignment or their regular grade will drop up to a full grade. An Honors core course is a class in which the entire class consists mainly of Honors students; therefore, the level of commitment and the expectation level for writing, discussion, critical thinking, and so forth is much higher.
Q: May I drop off my application rather than mailing it in via the U.S. Postal Service?
Yes. You may submit it in the Administration mailroom (ADM116). There is a mail drop slot right outside the door on the outside of the building. Please clearly mark your envelope "Lydia Hearn, Honors Program Coordinator" and it will be given to me.
Q: I am very interested in joining the Honors Program, but I don't meet EWRT1A eligibility requirement. May I still apply?
If you are not eligible for EWRT1A, you need to be eligible by the quarter you are accepted into the program. For example, if you are taking EWRT211 and READ211 in the Fall quarter, then you may apply during Fall for a Winter quarter admission.
Q: I am very interested in joining the Honors Program, but I don't meet gpa eligibility requirement. May I still apply?
Yes. We have occasionally accepted students who do not meet the gpa eligiblity requirement; however, you need to speak with the coordinator about your particular situation and interest. However, if you are accepted, you will not receive all the benefits of the Honors Program (e.g. early registration) until you meet all the requirements.
Q: May I take an Honors class even if I am not officially in the Honors Program?
Yes. You may take ONE Honors class before joining the Honors Program as long as the instructor allows you to do so and you meet the Honors Program eligibility requirements. You must come to the Honors Program office during the first week of the quarter (see the Hours of Operation link for times we are open) and meet with the Honors Program Coordinator, who will determine if you can ultimately add the class. You must come to the office even if you already received an add code from your instructor. If you want to take any more Honors classes in the future, you must apply for and be accepted into the Honors Program. This includes having taken an Honors class and dropping it with a "W" grade.
Q: Is the Honors class weighted in terms of gpa?
No. The Honors class does not add extra points to your gpa. For example, an A grade in an Honors class is a 4.0 not a 5.0. The only difference is that the Honors class will appear with the title "Honors" next to it on your transcript. Unofficially, schools to which you want to transfer will most likely look at your transcript and realize that the class was harder than your regular class.
Q: Does the Honors class give me extra units beyond the regular class?
No. For example, if the class is 4.0 units, the Honors section does not earn you 5.0 units. The only difference is that the Honors class will appear with the title "Honors" next to it on your transcript. Unofficially, schools to which you want to transfer will most likely look at your transcript and realize that the class was harder than your regular class.