Why Join?

For Prospective York College Honors Program students: why should I apply? what is the program? what are the requirements to apply? how to apply?

Why Should I Apply?

  • For the community!  York College Honors Program students attend special classes and events with other honors program students.  Your peers in these classes will be, like you – academic leaders – and they will challenge you to excel academically.  You and your peers will also be able to support each other in your academic pursuits.
  • For the mentoring!  York College Honors Program students spend their last year working in a one-on-one relationship with a professor.  With your mentor you will develop and complete an honors thesis, a professional-level research project on an area of your personal interest.
  • For the recognition!  Your official York transcripts will show that you have graduated from the York College Honors Program.  Also, after you graduate you will be able to proudly place on your resume that you are a graduate of the York College Honors Program.  Employers and graduate programs will know that you reached higher academically than most students.  Your honors thesis will serve as evidence of the high level of academic work you have proven you can do!

The York College Honors Program

The York College Honors Program is not an honor you receive but a course of study - like a college minor.  Here is the mission statement of the Honors Program:

The York College Honors Program seeks to provide academic, cultural and social opportunities to enhance the intellectual development of serious, highly able and motivated students. The program is designed to provide students opportunities for research and exploration in a wide array of courses, in multiple disciplines as well as interdisciplinary learning experiences. Students accepted in the program will be engaged; in challenging classroom discussions within designated honors courses, and will be introduced to a wide array of topics by means of their attendance at seminars, lectures and cultural programs, both on and off campus. The experience of being part of a group of peers, and the rapport with faculty members and designated advisors, constitute fine ingredients for a truly rewarding learning experience.

Once in the Honors Program you will need to take a course of study which includes self-designed courses based upon your individual interests, special honors courses with only other honors students and a self-designed honors thesis.  You will also be required to attend scholarly and cultural events.  You will need to plan for 12-18 credit hours of courses in the Honors Program.

For more information about the requirements of the program, you are encouraged to view the student pages and especially the new student orientation guide.

Requirements to Apply

Students can apply to the Honors Program as incoming first year students, or prior to the Sophomore and Junior years. To be considered for the program, students must meet the following criteria:

High School Students (incoming freshmen):

  • 85 average or higher (submit official transcript)
  • Academic course of study, including science and math courses
  • Complete application, including writing sample & biographical essay
  • Two academic letters of recommendation

Current York Students/Transfer Students (12-60 credits):

  • 3.5 grade point average or higher (submit official transcript)
  • Complete application, including writing sample & biographical essay
  • Two academic letters of recommendation (must include college faculty)

The York College Honors Program Admission Process

The York College Honors Program admission process is highly competitive with attention to a student's scholarly record and evidence of potential for academic leadership. Being accepted into the program is an honors in itself!

To apply, students must:

  • meet the above criteria, &
  • fully complete the application.
  • April 15, (annually)
  • November 15,  (annually)

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