You Pursue Excellence.
You Seek Challenges.
Give Yourself a Competitive Edge.

Join the Prestigious Foothill College Honors Institute.

Spring 2017 COURSE APPLICATION DEADLINE

We are still accepting applications for Spring 2017 honors classes.

Events Calendar
  • Honors Drop-In Counseling
    15-min max. appointments for honors students. Students will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.
    • Wed., Mar. 1 from 1:45-2:45 with Lety Serna in ADM 1943
    • Mon., Mar. 6 from 1:45-2:45 with Fatima Jinnah in ADM 1943
  • New Student Honors Orientation, Monday, April 3rd, 10am-12pm in TOYON 2020. Please email honors@foothill.edu to register
  • New Student Honors Orientation, Friday, April 14th, 12-1:30pm in TOYON 2020. Please email honors@foothill.edu to register
  • Honors Symposium Rehearsals, Monday April 24th 1-2:30pm, ADM 1943. Please email honors@foothill.edu to register
  • Honors Symposium Rehearsals, Wednesday April 26th 12-1:30pm, ADM 1943. Please email honors@foothill.edu to register
  • Honors Symposium Rehearsals, Monday May 1st, 1:30-3pm, ADM 1943. Please email honors@foothill.edu to register
  • College Admissions Appeals Workshop, Wednesday, May 10th, 12-1pm, ADM 1943. No sign ups required
Celebrity Forum 2016-17
  • Fareed Zakaria – CNN host and weekly columnist (March 1)
  • Julia Gillard – First female Prime Minister of Australia (April 7)
  • Mitch Albom – Best selling author, sports journalist, screenwriter and musician (April 28)
  • Scott Kelly – Veteran astronaut and yearlong Space Station resident (May 19)

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)


Benefits

As a member of the Honors Institute, you can receive these benefits:

  • Outstanding faculty, selected for their special interest in working with Honors students
  • Discussions and projects that stimulate intellectual development
  • Honors Counselor

Plus, you'll have the opportunity to complete the Honors Scholar Program and become eligible for:

  • Priority admission consideration if applying to UCLA College of Letters and Science
  • $4000 or $7000 scholarship if transferring to CSU Stanislaus
  • Guaranteed admission to CSU East Bay and San Francisco State University
  • Priority admission consideration if applying to UC Irvine Honors Program; guaranteed housing
Honors Research Events

Each year the Bay Honors Consortium hosts its annual Honors Research Symposium alternating at either Stanford or UC Berkeley. The symposium provides an opportunity for community college honors students to present their original research and to have their work published in The Journal of the Bay Honors Consortium.


Eligibility

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.
      OR
    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 or ENGL 1S & 1T or equivalent with a grade 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.

    Download the Honors Application >> Word Version | PDF Version

Try An Honors Course Program!

For students who have not yet met our minimum eligibility requirements, we offer the “Try An Honors Course” program.

  • The trial program allows students to try one of our honors courses while still making progress towards the official, Honors Institute program requirements.
  • Many Honors Scholars begin through the “Try An Honors Course” path!

To qualify for the trial program, students must satisfy each of the following requirements:

  1. Academic Performance.
    1. For continuing Foothill College students, demonstrate a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in 10 or more units completed at Foothill College
      OR
    2. For new students to Foothill, please provide transcripts (unofficial is fine) for one of the following:
      1.Minimum 3.5 (unweighted) cumulative high school GPA; or,
      2. Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in 10 or more units at another 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 or ENGL 1S & 1T or ESLL 26 or equivalent with a grade B or better.

    Download the Try an Honors Course Application >> Word Version | PDF Version
Applying to Honors

STEP 1

First, refer to our eligibility requirements to ensure you are eligible to join our program. If you meet all the requirements, skip to the next step. If you are unsure, email us at honors@foothill.edu to determine your eligibility.

*Be sure to check out our Try An Honors Program Application if you do not meet the Honors Institute Requirements (located to the left of webpage under "Online Forms").

STEP 2

Submit a completed Honors Institute Application (located to the left of the webpage under "Online Forms"). Your application can be submitted via email, mail, or by dropping it off in person to us or our "drop box" located at the Foothill Campus in building 1900, room 1961.

Tips for completing application:

  • Be prepared to upload proof of your eligibility in PDF format if necessary
  • Be sure to fill out both sides of your application and sign it
  • You can upload your Personal Statement as an attachment or embed it into your email

STEP 3

Please allow 5-7 business days for your application to be reviewed. Note: we are closed the month of August. Once reviewed, you will receive an email either welcoming you into the program or explaining what requirements were not met.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications for Foothill's Honors Institute are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that you must be accepted to the program before you can enroll in an honors class.

Important:

Learn how to calculate your Grade Point Average

HONORS Institute Course Schedule

PDF Print Version | Fall 2016 | Winter 2017 | Spring 2017

Current and upcoming Honors course offerings:

Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017
ANTH 1H
ANTH 1HL
ART 2BH
COMM 1AH
ECON 54H
ENGL 1AH
ENGL 1BH
ENGL 1CH
HIST 4CH
MATH 1AH
MATH 1AHP
MUS 8H
PHOT 8H
POLI 2H
POLI 9H
POLI 15H
SOC 1H
ANTH 2AH
ECON 54H
ENGL 1AH
ENGL 1BH
ENGL 1CH
COMM 1BH
HUMN 3H
MUS 8H
PHOT 8H
PHOT 10H
POLI 3H
POLI 15H
SOC 54H
ANTH 1H
ANTH 1HL
ART 2BH
ASTR 10BH
ASTR 54H
BIOL 54H
COMM 1BH
ENGL 1BH
ENGL 1CH
HIST 9H
HUMN 4H
MUS 8H
PHOT 8H
PHYS 54H
POLI 9H
POLI 15H
PSYC 54H
SOC 1H


*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@foothill.edu

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Online Forms
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Try An Honors App (Word)
Honors Scholars (Word)
Counseling Verification (Word)
UCLA TAP Certification Form Checklist (PDF)
UCLA TAP Certification Form Example (PDF)
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