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Admission to Honors

The Honors Program welcomes students in various stages of their educational journey. You may enter the Honors Program right out of high school (high school applicant) or as a college applicant after completion of 9 transferable units.  The requirements for both options are below.

First Time College & High School Students (High School Applicants) Admission Requirements:
  • Eligibility for English 1A
  • 3.2 GPA (unweighted)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • NOTE: Submit your Honors application with your unofficial final transcript, essay, and Letter of Recommendation after applying for admission to Mt. SAC.
Students Who Have Already Attended College (College Applicants) Admission Requirements:
  • Completion of at least 9 transferable (bachelor degree level) units
  • Eligibility for English 1A
  • 3.2 transferable GPA
  • Letter of recommendation (waived if transferable GPA is 3.5 or higher)


Apply to Honors

To apply to Honors, please complete the online application indicated below.  Although we continuously accept applications, we recommend that you apply by the following deadlines to ensure admissions prior to registration.

Applications for FALL Semester - Due by 3 p.m. on the last Monday of June
Applications for WINTER Intersession - Due by 3 p.m. on the last Monday of October
Applications for SPRING Semester - Due by 3 p.m. on the first Monday of January
Applications for SUMMER Intersession - Due by 3 p.m. on the last Monday of April
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Within your online application, you must upload the following:
  • Letter of recommendation (Required for all high school applicants or college applicants whose transferable GPA is 3.2-3.49.  Letter of recommendation is waived for college applicants only if transferable GPA is 3.5 or higher)
  • Short Essay - No more than 350 words. Please choose one of the following prompts:
    • Option #1: Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
    • Option #2: Every person has a creative side and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
    • Option #3: What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
    • Option #4: Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity?
    • Option #5: Describe how you have worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced?
    • Option #6: Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
    • Option #7: What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
  • Work in Progress Form (Only for College Applicants applying mid-semester or later and have requirements in progress)
  • High school transcripts (For first time college and high school students only. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)