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Seek Challenges... Pursue Excellence... Join Cabrillo College's Honors Transfer Program


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Current Cabrillo and college students may apply to the Honors Program until MAY 1st

Newsflash: Five of our Honors Students will be presenting their research at the Honors Research Symposium at UC Berkeley on May 3rd!


Honors Presenters - UC Berkeley Sather Gate - Bay Honors Symposium - 2012


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.


Honors Transfer Program

Cabrillo's Honors Transfer Program began in 2008 and currently has 220 active students.

What Does Cabrillo's Honors Transfer Program Provide?

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.


Who Joins the Program?

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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Students applying directly from high school need a minimum 3.5 weighted high school GPA or 1900 SAT or 29 ACT test scores.
  • Students who have completed high school and are enrolled in college (Cabrillo or another college) need a minimum 3.3 cumulative transferable GPA.
  • Verification of eligibility for Freshman Composition - ENGL 1A: through Cabrillo Assessment, EAP scores or AP English Lang/Com or English Lit/Com minimum score of 3 (4 preferred)
  • One letter of recommendation, and a 250-word statement (included in the on-line application) are also required to complete your application for the Honors Transfer Program.

*Please use the "Honors Transfer Program Minimum Qualifications" link on the upper-left for more details.

Why Join The Honors Transfer Program?

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.

What Honors Students Experience:

  • Priority admission or a competitive edge in the transfer admissions process depending on the college or university to which you apply
  • Scholarship advising and opportunities
  • Research support from Cabrillo's award winning library staff
  • Counseling and transfer assistance
  • Recognition of honors coursework on transcripts and at graduation
  • Smaller class size (35 or fewer students per class)
  • Faculty mentors
  • A stimulating environment
  • Membership in an honors transfer community of students
  • Enriched curriculum
  • A strong support network

Honors Scholar Designation

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 may apply to the program for Fall or Spring semesters. To be eligible ...


Current Cabrillo students must have a 3.3 GPA in at least 6 units of COMPLETED transferable college coursework. Cabrillo students may apply to the Honors Transfer Program in the Fall semester between September 1st and November 26th (For Spring semester) , and in Spring semester between February 1st and May 1st (For Fall semester).

Apply here - on-line APPLICATION

Submit any transcripts from other Colleges, AP or IB scores to the address below. Please use the on-line application linked in the upper-left of this page, include your essay within that application.

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-progres grade report may also be required at the discretion of the Honors Director.

Applying to the Program as a Graduating High School Senior:

The Deadline to apply and be guaranteed a review of your application was

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Graduating h.s. seniors who submitted their on-line applications to include your essay by that time will have their applications reviewed once all required paperwork is received.


Students who missed this deadline may still apply to the Honors Program, however, they should proceed with applying to Cabrillo College as a regular student. We will review late applications on a first-come first-served and space available basis.


See the document below STEPS to APPLY for Fall, 2014" for specific steps required to apply to the Honors Program:

Note: if you are a late applicant (applying after the March 15th deadline), you will follow steps 2 and 3, in addition to taking the Assessments or providing Cabrillo College Admissions and Records with your EAP, AP or other college assessment scores.

STEPS to APPLY for Fall, 2014.pdf

Admitted students will be notified by April 1st .  A mandatory Honors orientation will be held for all admitted students – date and time TBD

Please use the On-line APPLICATION for Honors Program this will include the required essay.

Refer to "Minimum Qualifications" (above left) for complete requirements

Official Transcripts, AP/IB scores, EAP scores (copies OK for EAP) and letters of recommendation should be mailed to:

Office of Instruction, Room SAC West 213
Attn: Honors Transfer Program
Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003


You 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.


H.S. seniors who do not assess into ENGL 1A may apply to the Honors Program when they are current Cabrillo students enrolled in ENGL 100 later in the Fall of 2014- see paragraph above "Current Cabrillo Students may apply ...)


Counseling and further information:

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)

Barbara Schultz-Perez

Marcie Wald

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