The Hostos Community College Honors Program provides an enriched academic, cultural and social experience to intellectually inquisitive and motivated students. The program offers students an academic environment that values and promotes critical thinking, analytical writing, and research and information competency skills through an innovative and challenging curriculum. Attendance at cultural events, conferences, honors seminars and an Honors Institute provide an intellectual community that encourages and supports students in pursuing their goals.
The program will offer greater academic opportunities to a previously under-served population, to prepare talented and ambitious students for the challenges of higher education, and to support a successful transition to senior colleges and expanded career options. A fundamental program goal is to promote self-confidence and increase self-esteem in students who need the encouragement to excel and the courage to continue their education and fulfill their life goals and dreams.
The Honors Program will consider full-time and part-time students for entry and inclusion into the Honors Program. In addition, first year freshmen students and transfer students may apply. Successful completion of the CUNY basic skills tests is a requirement to apply.
- Entering freshmen need a high school average of 85 or better and a combined SAT score of 1100 (pre-2004) or (1700 (post-2004)
- A 3.2 GPA or higher is required
- All eligible students must attend a meeting with the Program Coordinator and/or Co-Directors
- All applicants must submit an essay describing their educational goals and the importance of the Honors Program in achieving those goals and must provide 2 reference letters from faculty
Each semester all Honor students are required to:
- Maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA
- Complete a minimum of 6 credits per semester with a minimum of a B grade
- Attend all Honors Colloquium
- Register for an Honors course or complete an Honors contract
- Complete a minimum of fifteen hours of community service
- Attend a minimum of two extracurricular activities
- Meet with honors program twice a month
- Attend Honors Gala
Advantages of being an Honor student:
- Academic and leadership development
- “H” on the transcript denoting program completion
- Laptop and iPad loan program
- Use of a study space
- Mentorship and assistance with registration
- Assistance with applying for scholarship and transferring upon graduation
- Small Honors courses
- Travel opportunities
- Empower students to achieve a 3.5 GPA and higher for Phi Theta Kappa and other honor societies
No financial assistance is available through the Honors Program. Students in the Honors Program are responsible for all costs normally associated with college matriculation.