Honors Program Application

Important! You do not have the option of saving your information and returning to the application later. It must be completed in one session. *Tip: Complete personal statements separately and copy/paste your work in the boxes below.

Part 1: Contact Information

How did you learn about the Palo Alto College Honors Program? Check all that apply.

Part 2: Academic Information

Part 3: Personal Statement

Tell us a few things about your extracurricular interests and/or your work experiences. How do you balance these non-academic activities with your schoolwork? Please limit your response to 250 words. Remember, you cannot save your application and return later, so we recommend completing your personal statement separately and pasting it into the field below. 

Part 4: Essay

Please select one of the essay prompts below, and complete a 250-word response. Remember, you cannot save your application and return later, so we recommend completing your essay separately and pasting it into one of the fields below. 

Prompt #1: "We have been far too aggressive about extracting ocean wildlife, not appreciating that there are limits and even points of no return." 
- Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist and National Geographic Explorer in Residence

How might someone who is opposed to Sylvia Earle's worldview argue against this statement? What examples of extracting ocean wildlife might she be referring to?

Prompt #2: The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Prompt #3: Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

Contact Us:

Esther Rendon

Administrative Services Specialist

Medina Hall (MEDINA 101)


Thomas Murguía

Assistant Director