Seek Challenges... Pursue Excellence... Join Cabrillo College's Honors Transfer Program
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Current Cabrillo students with completed college coursework may apply for the Spring, 2015 semester between September 15 and November 15, 2014.
Newsflash: Five of our Honors Students presented their original research at the Bay Honors Research Symposium at UC Berkeley on May 3rd - and Samantha Zevanove won the Heslet Scholar Award for her presentation. Congratulations Samantha! and well done all!
Honors Symposium Presenters and future presenters UC Berkeley - May, 2014
Cabrillo's Honors Transfer Program is a member of UCLA's Transfer Alliance Program (TAP). Qualified Honors students have priority admission into the College of Letters and Sciences at UCLA. See the UCLA TAP link on the left of this page.
Cabrillo's Honors Transfer Program began in 2008 and currently has 220 active students.
Cabrillo's Honors Transfer Program provides an enriched educational experience by offering honors classes that provide an opportunity for challenging outside research, stimulating seminars and sophisticated literature. Our goal is to encourage our students to seek challenges and pursue excellence. This program is about digging deeper, going beyond the textbook, and sharing your talents and interests with other highly motivated students.
Our honors courses reflect our instructors' interests in, and commitment to, a rigorous exploration of academic, intellectual, cultural and social issues. We offer a full array of university transfer classes and an honors learning community that serves the high potential, high achieving students of our county. Universities are looking for outstanding students who have done more than the minimum transfer requirements. As a result, Universities actively pursue honors students.
Students from all backgrounds, ages and experiences join Cabrillo's Honors Transfer Program. Current Cabrillo students, students coming to Cabrillo from other colleges and universities, and recent high school graduates are all welcome to apply to the program.
Intrigued? We thought so. Here are the next steps: 1) Review the minimum qualifications below 2) Complete an application and submit it to the Honors Transfer Program Office along with your essay and one letter of recommendation. It's that simple! We'll contact you within two weeks after receiving your packet.
*Please use the "Honors Transfer Program Minimum Qualifications" link on the upper-left for more details.
As four-year universities become increasingly selective, transfer students need every edge to assist them with their transfer admission. Honors students are in high demand at selective universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, Pomona, UC San Diego, Pitzer and more.
To achieve the Honors Scholar designation, students must complete at least 4 or 5 honors courses (minimum of 15 semester units) with a transferable GPA of 3.40 or higher. Each honors course completed is noted with Honors on a student's transcript. Students who complete the 15-unit program - and submit the Designated Honors Scholar Application - receive the designation Honors Scholar posted on their transcript and if they also achieve an Associate Degree, their accomplishment will be announced at Cabrillo's graduation. Both honors courses and the Honors Scholar designation will stand out on university applications and improve students' chances of being admitted to selective college and universities.
Current Cabrillo students must have a 3.3 GPA in at least 6 units of COMPLETED transferable college coursework.
Submit any transcripts from other Colleges, AP or IB scores to the address below if not already on file with Cabrillo Admissions and Records. Please use the on-line application linked in the upper-left of this page, include your essay within that application.
The required letter of recommendation may be an e-mail from a Cabrillo faculty member directly to the Honors Director.
If you wish to apply the Honors program in your first semester and have not yet completed 6 units of transferable college-level coursework, you should provide your h.s. transcript (unofficial OK), and a letter of recommendation from one of your current Cabrillo instructors - preferably your English instructor (e-mail OK). A current, in-progress grade report may also be required at the discretion of the Honors Director.
Refer to "Minimum Qualifications" (above left) for complete requirements
Office of Instruction, Room SAC West 213
Attn: Honors Transfer Program
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
New students must also complete a separate, on-line application to Cabrillo College through CCC Apply - This is required even if you have previously taken Cabrillo courses as a concurrently-enrolled high school student. Click HERE TO APPLY to Cabrillo College for Fall Admission (starting April 1st for Fall, 2014 enrollment)
If you are graduating from a Santa Cruz County high school, you should also participate in RUNNING START for early registration. See your high school counselor, and submit an Intent to Participate in Running Start form.
Please complete your English (and Math) Assessments as soon as possible. You do not have to wait to take the Assessments with your high school group. See the Calendar on the Assessment web page.
You may make an appointment with a Cabrillo Counselor by calling
There are also 3 designated Honors Counselors who work with our Honors students and have specific information about the Honors Transfer Program:
Rudy Puente (Watsonville)
|Honors Transfer Program|
Room 101 and 102 in the Enrollment Services Bldg. 100