Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Honors Selection Committee carefully reviews each application holistically by evaluating how applicants fit with the mission and goals of the Honors Program. Committee members are looking for students with a curious intellect, passion for learning, and interest in engaging with the honors curriculum and the honors community of diverse students, staff, and faculty from various fields of study.

There is no honors admission GPA requirement, but students must keep in mind that in order to graduate with an AA/AS degree with honors designation, students must graduate with at least a 3.3 GPA. To articulate to University of Utah’s Honors College when transferring, students are required to have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Applicants who submitted their Honors Program application before or on the application deadline date will be notified 2-3 weeks following the admission deadline date. Applicants submitting after the application deadline date will be notified of their honors admission’s decision on a rolling basis. We will try to send out notification of admission decisions as soon as we can.

The SLCC Honors Program is committed to finding financial support for all of its students. For this program to be inclusive, we are committed to eliminating tuition financial barriers that honors students may experience. Therefore in order to open as many options for financial support, students should also complete FAFSA and Award Springs in addition to their Honors application.

Students can expect an engaging and intellectually rigorous class taught by outstanding faculty. Class cohorts are small enough for students to get to know one another and learn from each other through in-depth class discussions, research, projects, HIPs, enrichment experiences, and other activities designed for a challenging academic experience.

Unfortunately, high school concurrent enrollment students are ineligible to apply for the Honors Program. You may have heard about this program while you are a student in high school and that is because we try to outreach the program to high school students, so that you are aware of this opportunity for your future academic plans. If you are graduating from high school and planning to attend SLCC, we encourage you to apply for the Honors Program.

Students will not be able to use AP, IB, or Concurrent Enrollment credit or courses to opt out of any Honors requirements. Students with AP, IB, or Concurrent Enrollment can still be able to use these credits for general education requirements, but not for honor requirements. All Honors students must successfully pass all Honors Courses (9 Credits): 3 in Social Sciences (SS), 3 in Humanities (HU), and 3 in Composition (EN). If you have already taken a course that fulfills Social Sciences (SS), Humanities (HU), or Composition (EN), these courses will not fulfill the honors requirements unless they are specified as an Honors course.

All Honors students must successfully pass all Honors Courses (9 Credits): 3 in Social Sciences (SS), 3 in Humanities (HU), and 3 in Composition (EN). If you have already taken a course that fulfills Social Sciences (SS), Humanities (HU), or Composition (EN), these courses will not fulfill the honors requirements unless they are specified as an honors course. You will have to take the honors-specified courses in order to be eligible to graduate with the Honors Program recognition and designation on your degree. This might mean that you will have to take additional semesters at SLCC.

There is no requirement to graduate within a certain amount of semesters or time frame, but we do encourage students to be full-time while in the Honors Program in order to complete all Honors requirements within 6 semesters, which includes summer semesters. We encourage this because students completing the SLCC Honors requirements within 6 semesters, including summers, will be eligible to apply for scholarship and housing funding when transferring to the University of Utah Honors College. Students who take longer than 6 semesters (including summers) or stop out during their time at SLCC for any reason other than approved leaves of absence (religious, health, military) will not be eligible for this specific University of Utah honors funding.

SLCC currently has an articulation agreement with the University of Utah Honors College which means that all 9 honors credits earned at SLCC will transfer and fulfill 9 credits required for University of Utah Honors requirements: 3 credits of Honors electives, 3 credits of Honors Writing (WR), and 3 credits of the Honors Intellectual Traditions (IT) requirement. In order for students to transfer into the University of Utah Honors College, SLCC students still must fulfill the transfer criteria.

We are currently working on articulation agreements with other four-year institutions. If you are considering transferring to a different honors program at another institution, please consult with that institution’s honors administrators to see if SLCC honors credits will transfer.

If you have further questions, please contact Kathy Tran-Peters at kathy.tran-peters@slcc.edu or at 801-957-4259.