Eligibility and Application

Application Process

Apply to the Honors Transfer Program online. Click Here.

Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to participate in the Honors Transfer Program!  We accept applications throughout the year, however applications are generally processed on a monthly basis.  If you meet one of the due dates shown below, you may be eligible for priority registration the following semester.  

Application Due Dates to Ensure Priority Registration
Fall:  October 2
Spring:  March 6


Honors Transfer Program Eligibility

To qualify for admission to the Honors Transfer Program a student must meet all of the following three 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.

Completion of the 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.

Benefits of completing the Honors Transfer Program

  1. Participation in the courageous pursuit of knowledge
  2. 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. 
  3. Priority transfer opportunities at two University of California (UC) campuses:
    1. UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) specific to the College of Letters and Science (once admitted, an additional application is required to enter UCLA's honors program)
    2. UC Irvine honors-to-honors (admitted students are automatically accepted into UCI's honors program)
  4. Special recognition at graduation, and notations on your transcripts and your degree/certificate.
  5. Possible selection for participation in the Cañada College Research Conference (occurs every spring semester)
  6. Possible selection for participation in the Bay Area Honors Symposium (occurs every spring semester)
  7. Specialized academic advising from the Cañada Honors Counselor
  8. Enhanced scholarship opportunities from Cañada College and other transfer institutions specific to honors (e.g., Mills College in Oakland, CA; UCLA TAP)
  9. Priority registration in Cañada/SMCCCD classes

Hear from the students

  • This is what one student has to say about starting in ESL classes and working his way up to Honors classes. click here
  • This is what one student has to say about starting in English 836 and working her way up to Honors English 100. click here

If you have further questions, please contact Professor Susan Mahoney, Honors Transfer Program Coordinator, at mahoneys@smccd.edu, (650) 306-3297, Building 18, room 114.