Welcome to Honors
The Honors Curriculum is a learning community at the Community College of Philadelphia dedicated to preparing students for transfer to competitive colleges and universities.
Perhaps you've had the dream of attending a small liberal arts college with its close faculty contact and quality education, but you can't see your way to covering their high tuition costs? Perhaps the Honors Curriculum at the Community College of Philadelphia is the place for you.
The Honors Curriculum offers the benefits of a small liberal arts college but you'll find us inside the large community college. Through us you can prepare your way to transfer to and succeed at the competitive four-year college or university by taking care of your core requirements here before you take on the challenges--and costs--of the four year university experience.
So what can Honors do for you?
The Liberal Arts Honors Curriculum offers students the opportunity to participate in an intense and intellectually challenging academic program. Honors has a successful thirty-two year history of jump-starting the academic and professional careers of an entire generation of students.
The Liberal Arts Honors curriculum is designed especially for students hoping to immerse themselves in a rigorous intellectual community at the Community College of Philadelphia, in preparation for a high-powered professional career later. If you enroll in Honors you can expect to significantly improve your academic performance at the four year college or university to which you transfer. Many Honors students—most really—later continue their studies in graduate or professional schools. That’s what the two year curriculum is designed to accomplish.
Students who come into Honors often tell us that they are looking for a more consistently challenging intellectual experience than they’ve encountered elsewhere, and may have grown used to. Honors is specifically designed to change the way students think about themselves as students and future professionals. It works to develop academic styles and skills that will be valuable when the competition toughens down the road.
There are two pathways to earning a degree in Liberal Arts Honors: one full time and one part time. The full time option requires two 15 credit semesters of Honors courses taken together as one block on the Spring Garden Campus during the day, or during the day at the Northeast Regional Center. For the part time option, students can choose from a series of six credit linked Honors courses to work towards the same degree. Both options situate students within a learning community of diverse individuals with similar academic goals and dedication.
What Honors Alumni are Saying
about the Honors Program:
"Last semester at Bryn Mawr College, my professor asked if she could use my paper as a model for her next class. I feel very lucky to have had Honors training."
"The Honors curriculum was the single best educational experience I have ever had, I cannot overstate the tremendous impact it has had on the course of my life."
"I can honestly say that when I transferred to Stetson University from the Honors program at Community College of Philadelphia, I was better prepared for upper division academic work than my peers who had been at my transfer college for the previous two years."
About Honors Students
Students in this program are motivated to challenge themselves, become better students, transfer to a competitive four-year college, and even obtain a graduate or professional degree. You do not need to be at the top of your high school class or be an honor roll student to join the Honors curriculum. The program is open to students who demonstrate appropriate Honors placement on the College’s writing and reading comprehensive examinations. If you have already completed courses at the College, you must have a 3.0 GPA in humanities and social science courses in order to enter the program.
For more than 30 years, the Honors Curriculum has been assisting students in pursuing their academic and career ambitions. Alumni of the program have an excellent record of transfer success to respected four-year programs. Recent graduates have gone on to attend outstanding institutions:
Bryn Mawr College
New York University
Ohio State University
University of Pennsylvania
Duke University School of Law
Rutgers University School of Law
Temple University School of Law
Widener University School of Law