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Ucla Honors Program Essays

Eligibility and Application

Application Process

Apply to the Honors Transfer Program online. Click Here.

Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to participate in the Honors Transfer Program. You are encouraged to submit your application at any time of year. Our counseling staff will process applications twice per year (applications will not be reviewed over the summer)

Fall 2017
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Notification: October 15, 2017

Spring 2018
Deadline: March 4, 2018
Notification: March 20, 2018

Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to participate in Honors classes.

Honors Transfer Program Eligibility

To qualify for admission to the Honors Transfer Program a student must have both of the following two criteria:

  • Be eligible for English 100 and MATH 125, 130, 140, 200, 222, 241, or 251.
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 3.5 or a cumulative college GPA of 3.3 in at least 9 units of transferable courses.

Completion of the Program

Admitted members must complete a minimum of 15 units of honors course credit with a "C" or better and have a minimum overall 3.3 transfer GPA. A maximum of two courses can be from Honors contracts.

Note: "transfer GPA" applies to transfer-level courses that you have taken at Cañada College and other institutions. Make sure that Cañada College has your transcripts from all of the other colleges you have attended.

Benefits of completing the Honors Transfer Program

  1. Participation in the courageous pursuit of knowledge
  2. Priority transfer opportunities at prestigious 4-year institutions through the Honors Transfer Council of California. These may include guaranteed or priority acceptance consideration, special scholarships, housing priority, pre-transfer library privileges, and a range of other academic, cultural, and social benefits. 
  3. Priority transfer opportunities at two University of California (UC) campuses:
    1. UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) specific to the College of Letters and Science (once admitted, an additional application is required to enter UCLA's honors program)
    2. UC Irvine honors-to-honors (admitted students are automatically accepted into UCI's honors program)
  4. Special recognition at graduation, and notations on your transcripts and your degree/certificate.
  5. Possible selection for participation in the Cañada College Research Conference (occurs every spring semester)
  6. Possible selection for participation in the Bay Area Honors Symposium (occurs every spring semester)
  7. Specialized academic advising from the Cañada Honors Counselor
  8. Enhanced scholarship opportunities from Cañada College and other transfer institutions specific to honors (e.g., Mills College in Oakland, CA; UCLA TAP)
  9. Priority registration in Cañada/SMCCCD classes

Hear from the students

  • This is what one student has to say about starting in ESL classes and working his way up to Honors classes. click here
  • This is what one student has to say about starting in English 836 and working her way up to Honors English 100. click here

If you have further questions, please contact Professor Susan Mahoney, Honors Transfer Program Coordinator, at mahoneys@smccd.edu, (650) 306-3297, Building 18, room 114.

About the Honors Transfer Program

Cabrillo's Honors Transfer Program began in 2008 and currently has 250 active students. The program has transferred 400 students to universities all over the country.


What Does Cabrillo's Honors Transfer Program Provide?


Cabrillo's Honors Transfer Program provides an enriched educational experience by offering honors classes that provide an opportunity for challenging outside research, stimulating seminars and sophisticated literature. Our goal is to encourage our students to seek challenges and pursue excellence. This program is about digging deeper, going beyond the textbook, and sharing your talents and interests with other highly motivated students.


Our honors courses reflect our instructors' interests in, and commitment to, a rigorous exploration of academic, intellectual, cultural and social issues. We offer a full array of university transfer classes and an honors learning community that serves the high potential, high achieving students of our county. Universities are looking for outstanding students who have done more than the minimum transfer requirements. As a result, Universities actively pursue honors students.


Who Joins the Program?


Students from all backgrounds, ages and experiences join Cabrillo's Honors Transfer Program. Current Cabrillo students, students coming to Cabrillo from other colleges and universities, and recent high school graduates are all welcome to apply to the program. Home schooled students are considered on a case-by-case basis and they must be intending to continue at Cabrillo after high school and transfer to a 4-year institution as a junior. The minimum age to participate in the Honors Transfer Program is 16 years.

NOTE: The Honors Transfer Program is designed for students who want to transfer to the university, not for students who have already achieved a Bachelor's Degree and are pursuing graduate school, nor for concurrently-enrolled high school students who are pursuing the university as Freshman.

Why Join The Honors Transfer Program?


As four-year universities become increasingly selective, transfer students need every edge to assist them with their transfer admission. Honors students are in high demand at selective universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, Pomona, UC San Diego, Pitzer and more.


What Honors Students Experience:


Priority admission or a competitive edge in the transfer admissions process depending on the college or university to which you apply (See UCLA TAP Information and Private universities (HTCC) agreements)


Scholarship advising and opportunities


Research support from Cabrillo's award winning library staff


Counseling and transfer assistance


Recognition of honors coursework on transcripts and at graduation


Smaller class size (35 or fewer students per class)


Faculty mentors


A stimulating environment


Membership in an honors transfer community of students


Enriched curriculum


A strong support network

See also "Testimonials"


Intrigued? We thought so. Here are the next steps:

1) Review the minimum qualifications at the link on the right

2) Submit the on-line application to include your essay

NOTE: A separate application is required to Apply to Cabrillo via CCC Apply here

3) Submit one letter of recommendation. An e-mail of recommendation is acceptable from current Cabrillo students: the instructor may send the e-mail directly to the Honors Director at honors@cabrilo.edu.

4) Submit your high school transcript to include Fall grades (if you are a graduating high school senior), AP or IB transcript or transcripts from other colleges or universities you have attended. Cabrillo transcripts are NOT required to be submitted.

It's that simple! We'll contact you within two weeks after receiving all required information if applying within the published application windows.


How to Apply as a Current Cabrillo (or College) Student

How to Apply as a Graduating High School Senior