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Honors Program

The Honors Program at Santa Ana College offers honors sections of transferable general education courses. These seminar type classes are further characterized by close interaction with Honors Program faculty, small size, and special projects and activities. The major benefits for members of the program include:

  • Honors transfer agreements with thirteen four-year institutions that offer minimally "priority admission," and in some instances guaranteed admission. These transfer institutions include: California State University Fullerton, and California State University, Fullerton, College of Business an Economics, California State University Stanislaus, La Sierra University, Pomona College, Pitzer College, Occidental College, University of Southern California, Chapman University, San Diego State University, UCLA, UCI, UCR, UC Santa Cruz, Whitman College in Washington, and Pacific University in Oregon.
  • Recognition of program completion on Santa Ana College or the Santiago Canyon College transcript and diploma.
  • Designation as a President's Scholar (for those students who qualify).
  • Recommendation by the Faculty Officer of the Honors Program.
  • Library privileges at some of the transfer institutions.
  • Scholarship eligibility.

Note: No association/affiliation with outside honor societies will be posted to the academic transcript or diploma.

Any student wishing to become a Member of the Honors Program must submit a completed application packet (located in the Honors Program Coordinator's office in room D-428 at Santa Ana College; applications may also be obtained in the Honors Program counselor's office in room L-222 at Santa Ana College). The following are considered minimum for acceptance into the program: 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (in 6 transferable units for students already in college)
  • One of the following: A DTLS score which qualifies the student for English 101; completion of English 061 or EMLS 112 with a grade of "C" or higher; ACT score of 15; SAT score (combined) of 1000, with 450 minimum on either the verbal or math section.
  • Two references


The philosophy of honors studies at the Colleges is that honors courses are not more work than non-honors courses.  Instead, honor courses are enriched and creative. Students may take honors courses without being in the Honors Program, as long as they meet any one of the following guidelines:

  • Students who have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, or,
  • Students meeting the prerequisites of an honors course as stated in the schedule of classes.

All Honors courses taught within the Rancho Santiago Community College District are to be taken for a letter grade only, not P/NP.

For more Information, contact the Honors Program Coordinator,
Kathy Patterson (714-564-6528) at Santa Ana College.