Each year the college accepts approximately twenty-five students into its Honors Program. The program offers educational enrichment through travel, special events, lectures, and honors classes. Students enroll in a one-credit class ("The Honors Colloquium") each semester. The Honors Colloquium, when successfully completed three semesters, fulfills the Yavapai College Critical Thinking requirement. Most years, students in the program are expected to participate in an extensive college-sponsored trip to a location selected for its cultural interest.
Admission to the program is through a competitive application process and is based on academic achievement and a demonstrated ability to think critically and independently. Entering freshmen must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4 point scale, or have scored at least 650 on a High School Equivalence Diploma, be at least 17 years old by the start of their first semester in the program, have completed no more than 13 credit hours of 100-level or higher college coursework (with a minimum 3.50 GPA for any completed credits). Continuing students who have completed 14-48 hours of Yavapai College credit (in courses numbered 100 or above) with a grade point average of at least 3.50 may also apply for admission.
Required application materials include transcripts, letters of recommendation, a Yavapai College academic plan (continuing students only), SAT or ACT scores (incoming freshmen only) and an essay on an assigned topic. Updated application instructions are available on the Honors Program website (www.yc.edu/chp) in late December. The deadline for application is March 1.
Once admitted, students must complete a minimum of 13 credit hours per semester, make satisfactory progress toward a Yavapai College Associate degree, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50, and participate fully in Honors Program activities in order to remain in the program.
Benefits to College Honors Program Students:
- Scholarships of $1,000 per semester
- Tuition waivers for 13 - 16 credit hours per semester
- Up to 4 semesters of eligibility for students admitted as incoming freshmen
- Admission to honors classes
- Opportunities to interact with other academically gifted students
- Opportunities for intellectual and cultural growth and enrichment experiences, including travel
- Advisement and other activities designed to clarify long-range career and academic plans
- Assistance in applying for scholarships and admission to honors programs at universities where students intend to complete baccalaureate study
- Special recognition upon graduation
More information about the program is available on the Honors Program website (www.yc.edu/chp).