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Learn, Grow, Achieve GLOBALLY

The Palo Alto College Honors Program challenges high-achieving students to fully engage with their courses, their college, their community, and beyond. The Honors Program consists of 15 hours of course work in small classes with mentoring by dedicated faculty. Not only do honors courses bring a global perspective to learning, but there are also opportunities for travel to local and national conferences and cultural events. In addition, students can participate in community service activities at home and abroad. By making the world their classroom, honors students experience first-hand what it means to be a citizen of today’s vibrant global culture.


  • Priority registration
  • Small classes
  • Sense of community
  • Individual advising and mentoring
  • Academic research
  • Honors courses will be indicated on college transcripts
  • Community service projects
  • Travel

Admissions Requirements

  • TSI Placement into college-level English
  • A high school or college GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
  • A written personal statement
  • An example of your best work, such as a sample of your writing, artwork, photography, or a performance
  • A personal reference
Fall 2017 Honors Classes
Pick one Honors course to add to your class schedule:
Course Days Time
ENGL 1301 Composition I - Honors TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.
HIST 1301 U.S. History I - Honors TR 11:00-12:15 p.m.
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation - Honors MW 11:00-12:15 p.m.
SPCH 1315.010 Public Speaking - Honors MW 12:30-1:45 p.m.
BIOL 1308.004 Biology for Non-Science Majors I - Honors MW 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Faculty can also register you for an EDUC 1300 course for Honors Program students:
Course Days Time
EDUC 1300  Learning Frameworks MW 12:30-1:45 p.m.
EDUC 1300  Learning Frameworks TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Please note that to apply, Palo Alto College must be your home school. Contact your advisor to confirm your home school.



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Does participation in an Honors Program matter?

Yes! Whether you take one honors course or complete the 5-course honors sequence, participation in the Palo Alto College Honors Program demonstrates your intellectual curiosity and your commitment to academic achievement.

Will college Honors be like honors courses in high school?

No. There is usually a world of difference between high school and college honors courses. In many high schools, honors courses are the normal courses “made harder” with extra readings, extra assignments, and more rigorous grading. At college, honors courses are specially “enriched” courses, not normal courses made “harder.” Grading standards are the same as in non-honors college courses.

I’m no genius; will honors courses be too hard for me?

As an honors student, you will gain confidence in your academic abilities through ongoing faculty mentoring, experiencing the personal attention provided by small honors classes, and working with other honors students.

Won’t my college GPA suffer if I join the Honors Program?

No. Honors courses aren’t graded harder (or easier) than other college courses. A student who averages a 3.5 in regular courses will probably earn a 3.5 GPA for honors courses, too. In fact, data from schools similar to Palo Alto College indicates that most students maintain or improve their GPA’s after participating in the Honors Program.


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