Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of student is the MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program looking for?

The MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program is designed for any high-achieving student interested in developing skills that will prepare a student academically, socially, and personally for college, career, and life.

Who can I talk to about the Honors Scholar Program?

How do I know if I am eligible to join the Honors Scholar Program?

The requirements are:

1. Academic Performance:

Students should be able to provide evidence of at least 3.25 cumulative GPA for their college degree applicable coursework or a 3.5 weighted cumulative GPA from high school.

2. Writing Proficiency:

Honors courses typically require more writing than non-Honors courses. Students are required to demonstrate the potential for successful completion of Honors courses by providing evidence of one of the following:

3. Completion of the Application Process:

The application process includes an online application and personal statement describing your interest in the MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program, two letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, and a signed Statement of Academic Integrity.

Note: students who do not meet admission requirements directly may submit a Petition for Special Admission which will be received on a case-by-case basis by an ad hoc committee organized by the Honors Coordinator.

Is there a fee to join the MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program?

No, there is no fee to join. Plus, Honors courses have the same per unit cost as non-Honors courses despite their smaller class size.

Will the workload on the HSP students be greater?

The workload of the honors student is the same as for the general population of students under the Carnegie unit, that is, two hours of work outside for every hour inside the classroom. The difference in an honors course is in the kind of work honors students are doing; more time will be spent on higher-level materials and assignments.

How will the content and conduct of the Honors course be different?

Honors classes are different, not necessarily harder. Topics covered are the same; the difference is in the teaching and learning experience. The materials may be covered at greater depth. In addition, students will experience a more interactive learning environment, such as discussions, seminars, oral presentations, and in-class workshops. Emphasis is placed on skills needed at the university level, such as written analysis, critical thinking, research, and collaborative learning.

Must I take Honors classes to be enrolled in the Honors Scholar Program?

Honors students must demonstrate active status by enrolling in Honors courses each semester and/or engaging in published Honors Enrichment Activities such as Honors conferences, excursions, community service, intramurals, and service learning projects. Any student enrolling in the Honors Scholar Program must take a minimum of one Honors course within one year of being admitted into the Program in order to maintain active status.

Is it possible to take an Honors class and not be an HSP student?

Yes! You may take Honors classes without being a member of the program. If you decide to apply to the program after you have completed the courses, they will be counted toward your completion requirements.

If any MiraCosta student cake take Honors courses, why should a student join the Honors Scholar Program?

While Honors courses are the foundation of the Honors Scholar Program, there are plenty of other benefits for students who join. Honors students make up a special community that provides students a unique and valuable MiraCosta experience. Every year there are hundreds of hours in Honors Enrichment Activities offered to Honors students that extend learning and the college experience beyond the classroom. For instance, students in the program can participate in Honors field trips to museums, universities, and opportunities to attend cultural events offered by the MiraCosta Music, Arts, and Drama departments.

What are the benefits of the MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program?

Is it still beneficial to participate in the Honors Scholar Program even though I will not be able to complete it?

Yes! Any Honors course you complete will add increased rigor to your transcript. Also, you may be able to count the completed courses towards the completion requirements for your university's Honors program. Last, Honors courses and experiences, such as participating in research conferences, will help students develop skills needed for university coursework.

What recognition will Honors students receive?

Students who complete Honors Scholar Program requirements will have the notation “Certified Honors Scholar” posted on their transcript. Honors students are also recognized at graduation and at the President’s Luncheon.

What does it mean to be “Honors Scholar Program Certified” and how do I get certified?

Being HSP Certified means you have satisfied all requirements for the Honors Scholar Program and completed all required Honors courses with required GPA. To get certification, a student must complete an Honors Certification form and submit it to the Honors office by the deadline posted on the Honors Blackboard site.