Is there a separate application for the Honors College or will the regular RVCC admissions application suffice?
Yes. The Honors College application is separate from the standard RVCC admissions application. A link to the Honors College application can be found here.
Will the Honors College accept my AP scores?
Yes, AP scores of 4 and above are accepted by the Honors College. (*Note: Not all schools accept AP credit in the same fashion. To ensure acceptance of AP credit, please contact the 4-year institution(s) you wish to attend after graduating from the Honors College).
Is there a separate application fee?
No, there is not an additional application fee for the Honors College. The $25 application fee you pay when submitting your regular RVCC application will be sufficient.
Are there any additional fees for Honors classes?
Honors classes do not cost students more than non-honors classes. However, there is a $150 per semester Honors Activity Fee (to offset the costs of two trips per semester and lunch at biweekly meetings).
Can college credits taken while in high school be used for my degree?
College credits taken in high school are accepted on a case by case basis.
Can current RVCC students apply for admission to the Honors College?
Yes, current RVCC students can apply for admission into the Honors College if they meet the transfer-specific entrance requirements found here.
Do I need to be a full-time student in order to apply to the Honors College?
Admission to the Honors College is based on an intent of being a full-time student (Fall/Spring). Part-time students seeking to earn an honors credential may pursue the Honors Achievement Award. Additionally, part-time students with a 3.50+ GPA are able to take honors throughout their time at RVCC.
When are Honors College courses offered?
Honors College courses are offered primarily during the morning and afternoon. However, there are select honors math courses offered during evening hours.
How many honors courses are required to graduate from the Honors College?
Eight honors courses must be completed in order to graduate from the Honors College. Students earning a 5 on any degree applicable AP exam can use those credits to exempt from up to two of the required eight honors courses.
Is the Honors College curriculum compatible with all RVCC degree programs?
The Honors College curriculum is compatible with all RVCC Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs. Students pursuing Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degrees may have to take additional courses to satisfy graduation requirements within the Honors College. The Honors College curriculum is not compatible with most Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees or any Certificate program.
Are Honors College courses weighted differently in the Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation?
No. Honors College course grades are calculated in the same way as any other course grade towards GPA . Honors College courses are designated with an “H” distinction on student transcripts.
Is there a deadline to apply to the Honors College?
There are two deadlines: The Early Admission the deadline is February 1st. The Regular Admission the deadline is July 1st. Transfer applicants must apply by July 1st.
Can I apply to the Honors College for either the Fall or Spring semesters?
Students may only apply to the Honors College for Fall acceptance.
Will I be expected to maintain a certain GPA while in the Honors College?
Yes, Honors College students will be expected to maintain a 3.3 GPA.
If I enroll in the Honors College, can I transfer at any point?
The Honors College program is intended for students who plan to earn a degree from RVCC. However, we understand that circumstances may cause students to leave RVCC before their degree has been completed.
What levels of Mathematics and English are required for admission into the Honors College?
All applicants are required to show readiness at the English Composition I level. Applicants must also show the appropriate college-level Math readiness for admission into the Honors College. For example, applicants in majors that require Pre-calculus and/or Statistics must show readiness at that level in order to be given full consideration. Honors College applicants cannot require developmental courses.
What are the primary advantages of being a member of the Honors College?
As a member of the Honors College, the most distinct advantage you will have is the ability to transfer to selective colleges and universities. Students benefit from having a designated advisor and select faculty while being in classes with other highly motivated students. Honors College students also have the opportunity to serve in campus student leadership positions and partake in extracurricular and cultural experiences.
What makes an Honors College course different from regular courses?
The difference between an honors course and a non-honors course stems not from the amount of work but rather from the content studied and the level of preparedness required from the students, including a deeper level of critical thinking (i.e. more depth with the same level of breadth). Students in honors courses such as English, Speech, History, Psychology, might be required to research more sources in order to look at an issue critically and from multiple perspectives. For an honors course in Mathematics, students will be expected to understand the mathematics rather than memorizing a bunch of steps and just knowing how to ‘do it’ in order to get the right answer. In an honors Science class, students are expected to explain the ‘why’ of the results of an experiment rather than just getting the expected results.
How large will my honors classes be in the Honors College?
Honors College classes will never exceed 25 students and in many cases may have significantly fewer students.
Does my admission in to the Honors College impact my ability to enroll at RVCC?
Your admission to the Honors College (Yes or No) has no impact on your ability to attend RVCC.