Frequently Asked Questions
Honors Transfer Program Questions:
I am interested in becoming a member of the Honors Transfer Program. Who’s eligible?
To qualify for admission to the Honors Transfer Program a student must meet the following two criteria:
- Current enrollment in or completion of either English 100 or English 105.
- 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.
How do I apply for the Honors Transfer Program?
Complete the Membership Application available here. You can apply at any time. Applications will be reviewed every fall and spring semester.
How do I complete the Honors Transfer 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. Contracts in 695 Independent Study and other CSU only transferable courses may NOT be used for UCLA TAP certification, however they do count toward Cañada College’s Honors Transfer Program graduation and completion.
Can I use Honors credits earned at other colleges to help complete the Honors Transfer Program?
You may petition to have honors credit received at other colleges count in our program, but it is not guaranteed. With advance approval, we do routinely accept one Honors class from another college in our district (i.e. College of San Mateo and Skyline College). Contact the Honors Coordinator for more information.
What are the benefits of being a member of the Honors Transfer Program?
- Priority registration in Cañada/SMCCCD
- Specialized academic advising from the Cañada Honors Counselor
- Notification of Honors-related events
- Possible selection for participation in the Cañada College Research Conference and/or the Bay Area Honors Symposium (occurs every spring semester)
Who's is eligible for priority registration?
Priority registration gives specific groups of students the opportunity to register for classes early. Generally, groups are given priority based on maintaining current Student Educational Plans (SEP's), completing the Matriculation process, and earning a total number of units with the district. To receive a priority registration date, students must be in "good standing". The state defines "good standing' as students who are not on academic/progress probation (for two consecutive semesters) or on dismissal, or have not earned more than 100 degree applicable units. According to Title 5, concurrent students are given a later registration date.
What are the benefits of completing the Honors Transfer Program?
- Participation in the courageous pursuit of knowledge
- 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.
- Priority transfer opportunities at two University of California (UC) campuses:
- Special recognition at graduation, and notations on your transcripts and your degree/certificate.
- Enhanced scholarship opportunities from Cañada College and other transfer institutions specific to honors (e.g., Mills College in Oakland, CA; UCLA TAP)
What are the benefits of completing an Honors course?
- Personal benefits of doing higher-caliber work
- Opportunity to work closely with a professor, who may later be able to write you a letter of recommendation
- Honors notation on your transcript
- Possible selection for participation in the Cañada College Research Conference and/or the Bay Area Honors Symposium
Honors Contract Questions:
What is an Honors Contract? The courses using Honors Contracts provide honors credit to the student who is currently enrolled in a non-honors transferable class. The Honors Contract is individually negotiated between the faculty member and the student and must be completed by the end of the semester.
How do I complete the Honors Contract? There are two steps to follow: (1) Submit an Honors Contract Proposal and (2) Complete and sign the Honors Project Completion Form. The proposal must be submitted online by the start of week 8 of the semester. The Honors Project Completion Form must be signed by the faculty member and the student and submitted by end of the semester (no later than finals week).
What should I know about an Honors Contract?
- The course must be transferable to be eligible for an Honors contract.
- Students can only use two courses in which Honors contracts were used toward UCLA TAP certification, graduation or transfer as an Honors Transfer Program graduate.
- Contracts in 695 Independent Study may NOT be used for UCLA TAP certification, however they do count toward Cañada College’s Honors Transfer Program graduation and completion.
- Only UC transferable courses can be applied to UCLA TAP.