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The program rewards academic achievement with a partial-tuition scholarship and special recognition, such as the Honors College Diploma and Medallion at graduation.

The Honors College staff assists students with course selection and transfer or career goals in addition to the advisor in their major field of study. Students also receive mentoring from honors faculty members and enjoy forming study groups with other honors students.

MCC Honors College graduates discover that an Honors Diploma opens doors to scholarship opportunities at transfer institutions as well.

The program is open to students in all majors and all programs of study. Students in the Honors College may be pursuing a 2-year Associate's Degree or 4-year transfer plan of study.

No. A letter from the Dean of your academic program or major is sent to any student carrying 12 credits with a 3.5 GPA in a given semester. Although many students receive these Dean's List letters, you must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA to be eligible for the Honors College.

Honors College students are expected to:

  • Remain in good standing with the college.
  • Maintain required cumulative GPA.
  • Attend at least one Honors Retreat per academic year.
  • Complete 45 hours of campus or community service (via HONS 250 or by contract).
  • Participate in Honors College graduation events such as the Honors College Graduation Dinner and Medallion Ceremony.
  • Represent the college appropriately whenever traveling on an Honors College sponsored trip, or when presenting or publishing work that was completed while an MCC student.
  • Follow the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the MCC Student Handbook with particular regard to Academic Dishonesty :
    • Academic Dishonesty is defined as cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism and the acquisition, without permission of tests or other academic materials.

No. Once you have been accepted into the Honors College, your application and letters of recommendation remain on file. However, you must apply for the Honors College Partial-Tuition Scholarship each semester that you plan to take honors courses. See Scholarship details.

  • To receive an Honors College Diploma and Medallion upon graduation with an Associates Degree, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours (3 classes) designated as honors section of regular classes.
  • In addition, a student must complete at least 3 credit hours (1 class) designated as the Honors Colloquium (HONS 250).
  • To receive an Honors College Diploma and Honors Medallion, a student must meet all the requirements for an established Associates Degree at MCC (Associate of Arts, Science, Applied Science or General Studies).
  • In addition, a student must have an MCC cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 at the time of graduation.
  • Students who complete 50+ credits, maintain an overall 3.40+ cumulative GPA and completes a minimum of 3 honors courses receive an Honor Program Certificate of Achievement.
  • Students who complete 50+ credits, maintain an overall 3.25+ cumulative GPA and completes a minimum of 2 honors courses will receive an Honor Program Certificate of Achievement.

Honors College graduates, and early transfer students, as well as their families and friends are invited to the annual Honors Graduation Dinner and Medallion ceremony in late April or early May.

  • If a student's cumulative GPA falls between 3.25 and 3.5, a student is placed on Honors College Probation. The student has one semester to restore their GPA eligibility for the Honors College Scholarship (regain cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better).
  • Students may continue to enroll in honors sections as long as a minimum of 3.25 GPA and enrollment in 6 or more credit hours is maintained.
  • Probation also serves as a reminder to students to bring their GPA (prior to exiting) MCC back up to 3.5 or better to receive the Honors College Diploma.
  • Termination means that a student may no longer enroll in honors sections or receive any other benefits of the Honors College. Any student terminated from the program may apply for readmission once the Honors College criteria are met.
    • Termination of membership in the Honors College occurs if:
      • A student withdraws from the Honors College.
      • A student fails to complete at least six credit hours in a fall or winter semester for which s/he was enrolled.
      • A student receives a cumulative GPA of less than 3.25 for any semester. The Steering Committee, acting as a committee of the whole, may grant an extension of probationary status for unusual circumstances.

You must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits for Fall or Winter Semester in order to receive the Honors College Scholarship and other benefits of membership in the program.