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Give Yourself a Competitive Edge.

Join the Prestigious Foothill College Honors Institute.
  • UCLA TAP WORKSHOP: Wednesday, October 28, Noon-1:00 p.m., ADM 1943
  • Transfer Workshop: Wednesday, October 7, Noon-1:00 p.m., ADM 1943
  • Race To Nowhere Film Showing: Friday, October 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m., RM 8403
  • Applying to Selective Colleges Workshop: Tuesday, October 20, Noon-1:00 p.m., ADM 1943

Try An Honors Course Program!

Every quarter we will be giving non-honors students the opportunity to enroll in an Honors course without meeting full requirments . If you're interested, please contact us and we will tell you all about it.
* Dependent upon course availability and with completion of ESLL 26 or English 1A with a grade of B or better.

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What We Offer -
  • A dynamic educational curriculum. Honors isn't just about completing an extra assignment or two. Honors is about participating in stimulating discussions within a small group and with top-notch instructors who are experts in their field. It's about digging deeper, not skimming the surface. It's an experience you won't forget!

  • Specialized courses, special focus seminars, exposure to exciting cultural opportunities, and transfer scholarship opportunities. You are in good hands with the Honors Institute. Our very own counselors, faculty and staff will work with you every step of the way.

  • Increased chances of being accepted to UCLA's College of Letters and Sciences. Universities are looking for a few outstanding students who do more than the minimum and actively pursue our honors students. We are one of only a handful of northern California colleges participating in the prestigious UCLA T.A.P. (Transfer Alliance program). Fact: 70-95% of TAP students are admitted to UCLA versus 14-20% of all other transfer applicants.

But don't just take our word. Here's what students are saying...

"...I believe that the Honors Institute is the heart and soul of the scholastic experience for any dedicated student at Foothill College. Without the Honors institute, I doubt that I would be where I am, with practically a 4.0, a job as a Teacher's Assistant, a position as the head of two clubs, and a new love for learning and my future..."
Ellie Chambers (transferred to UC Berkeley)

"The Honors Institute is the best part of Foothill!"
Heidi Dunklegood (transferred to Mount Holyoke)


As a member of the Honors Institute, you can receive these benefits:
blue triangle Outstanding faculty, selected for their special interest in working with Honors students
blue triangle Discussions and projects that stimulate intellectual development
blue triangle Honors Counselor
blue triangle Opportunity to complete the Honors Scholar Program and become eligible for:
blue bullet Priority admission consideration if applying to UCLA College of Letters and Science
blue bullet $4000 or $7000 scholarship if transferring to CSU Stanislaus
blue bullet Guaranteed admission to CSU East Bay and San Francisco State University
blue bullet Priority admission consideration if applying to UC Irvine Honors Program; guaranteed housing


To qualify for the Honors Institute, students must satisfy each of the following requirements:

  1. Academic Performance.
    1. For continuing Foothill College students, demonstrate a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA in 10 or more units completed at Foothill College.
    2. For students with less than 10 units completed at Foothill College, provide evidence of one of the following:
      1. Minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA; or,
      2. Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA in 10 or more units completed at another regionally accredited college or university.
  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:
    1. Foothill English Assessment Test results indicating eligibility for Honors ENGL 1AH; or,
    2. Completion of ENGL 1A with a grade of B or better.
  3. Personal Statement.
    On a separate sheet, using 150-200 words, please describe your interest in the Foothill College Honors Institute. Your statement should include what you hope to gain from your participation in the program as well as how you believe you will contribute to the program. Because honors courses are typically writing intensive, this statement should reflect appropriate writing skills. Remember that clear writing is the result of clear thinking.

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HONORS Institute Course Schedule

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Current and upcoming Honors course offerings:
Fall 2015 Winter 2016 Spring 2016

*Schedule subject to change. Please check back for updates/changes or visit the online schedule for the lastest times and dates.
New courses are regularly added to the honors course list. Please check back often for updates.

Contact Us!

Foothill College Honors Institute
Bernie Day, Director or
Rachel Solvason, Program Assistant

12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022-4599

We are located in 1961.
Call us at: (650) 949-7638

Contact us by email:

Honors Program

Regular Hours
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Online Forms
Application (Word)
Try An Honors App (Word)
Honors Scholars (Word)
Counseling Verification (Word)

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are pdf format.