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

Have you previously taken college courses at a community college, a university or as a Dual Credit student?

Part 3: Personal Statements

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?

Part 4: Professional Reference 

Please provide the name and contact information of one individual, such as a teacher, counselor, or academic administrator, who can describe your academic potential and discuss your ability to be successful in a college honors program. ECHS students are required to be recommended by their high school counselors. Use this section to list the name and contact information of your high school counselor.