How and where do I apply for the Honors Institute?
You may visit the website www.foothill.edu/hon/ and print out the application. Or you may pick up the forms in the office, room 5426. Once the application is complete you may turn it in to:
Teresa De La Cruz
Foothill College Honors Institute
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos, CA 94022
How do I know if I am eligible to join the Honors Institute?
A student must meet all 3 requirements prior to turning in an application. The requirements are.
For continuing Foothill College students, demonstrate a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA in 10 or more units completed at Foothill College OR
For students with less than 10 units completed at Foothill College, provide evidence of one of the following:
Minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA; or,
Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA in 10 or more units completed at another regionally accredited college or university.
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:
Foothill English Assessment Test results indicating eligibility for Honors ENGL 1AH; or,
Completion of ENGL 1A with a grade of B or better.
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.
Once in the program, what happens if my cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) falls below 3.30?
Membership requires cumulative 3.30 GPA, if the GPA falls
below 3.30 the student is placed on probationary status as
an Honors student during the following quarter. At
the end of the quarter of probation the student will be
reinstated to non-probationary status as a full Honors
member if the GPA has been raised to 3.30 GPA or higher.
I am not yet eligible to join the Honors Institute. Can I still enroll in an honors class?
Yes, we are allowing non-honors students to try an honors course. Stop by the office for more information.
I am still enrolled in ENGL 1A. Can I join the Honors Institute?
We suggest you begin the application process. You may be permitted to take honors courses the next quarter, however you will not become an official member until you complete ENGL 1A with a B or better.
I completed ESL 26. Can I join the Honors Institute?
All students must complete ENGL 1A or 1AH or ENGL 1B with a
grade of B or better in order to be eligible for the Honors Institute.
Students who meet the minimum GPA requirement and who are placed in
ENGL 1AH on the Foothill Assessment test are also eligible.
What are the benefits of joining the Honors Institute?
Honors students may receive Priority Registration
for fall, winter and spring quarter when including an Honors course
in their schedule.
Honors students have Honors Advisors to help with
their academic planning and transfer process. The designated Honors
counselors are Debra Lew, Cathy Denver and Lily Adams.
Honors students who complete Foothill College Honors
Scholar requirements have enhanced transfer and scholarship opportunities
at several senior institutions including: UCLA, Whitman College, Mills
College, and Pacific University.
Honors courses offer stimulating instructors who
are selected for their special interest in working with Honors students.
And Honors courses carry an “Honors” notation on transcripts.
Students who complete 7 designated Honors courses
with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 earn Honors Scholar distinction.
This is recognized with a certificate, honored at graduation,
awarded a scholarship (as available), and noted on the transcript.
Also, Honors Scholars are eligible for the UCLA Transfer Alliance Program.
Will participating in the
Honors program help my chances of transferring to a four-year university?
Absolutely. Universities applaud student ambitions and
encourage them to aim high. Admissions officers look at your grades
first. Honors courses offer the highest and most demanding
level of instruction. Becoming an Honors Scholar also looks
impressive on your resume.
Who can I talk to about the Honors Institute?
You can speak with the Honors Institute Coordinator who
may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for appointments to go over general info about the program.
Who are the designated Honors
counselors? How may I contact them?
While Honors students may meet with any Foothill counselors,
the Honors Institute is pleased to have counselors who have
received specialized training in serving honors students.
The designated honors counselors are MaryLou Heslet, Debra
Lew, Cathy Denver and Fatima Jinnah. Debra Lew and Cathy
Denver are also specialized counselors for the Foothill
International Student program. These counselors can provide
personal, academic and career support.
What are the Honors courses like?
Honors courses tend to be more challenging than regular
courses. The expectation of writing skills is higher,
and often the workload is greater. Honors courses often
involve advanced critical thinking skills, they are more writing
intensive, and there is an added collaboration among the students.
Why aren't honors courses offered during the summer?
Summer courses condense twelve weeks of instruction into six.
It was determined that adding the rigors of honors studies on top
of the already intensive schedule was not in keeping with honors
studies philosophy, which is giving students the opportunity to
collaborate with other students, time for extra in-depth study
and to thoroughly learn the material presented.
Who teaches the honors courses?
The honors courses are taught by outstanding faculty, who are
selected for their special interest in working with Honors
students. See the current Honors class schedule to
read the biographies of selected instructors.
Will joining the Honors Institute help my chances of receiving a scholarship?
Students who complete the Honors Scholar Application (7 honors courses,
while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher) will be awarded a
$100 scholarship from Foothill College (as available). Other scholarships
are available to certain universities (Pacific University, Whitman College, UCLA).
Are the honors seminars transferable?
The University of California may grant credit for the one-unit
Honors Seminars after you matriculate and have undergone a
portfolio review. Students planning to transfer to a UC should:
Maintain detailed records of work in the Honors Seminars,
and NOT include units earned for seminars when calculating
units for U.C. eligibility.
Honors seminars are transferable to California State Universities.
Are there any guaranteed
transfer agreements for Honors students?
Yes, we have guaranteed transfer agreements for students who
successfully complete the Honors Scholar application. Participating
universities include: CSU Hayward and San Francisco State.
We have Priority Admission consideration for UC Irvine and Mills
College and their Honors programs. And for UCLA , we have a
program called TAP (Transfer Alliance Program), which also
give priority admission consideration to eligible Honors Scholars.
I am not planning to transfer. Can I still join the Honors Institute?
The Honors Institute welcomes all students who meet the minimum eligibility requirements.