Is there a separate application for the Honors College or will the regular RVCC admissions application suffice?
Yes, as entry to the Honors College is competitive, a separate application form is required for admission.
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 transfer students enroll in the Honors College?
While the Honors College is intended for students entering college for the first time, transfer students can apply for admission into the Honors College if they meet transfer-specific entrance requirements.
When are Honors College courses offered?
Honors College courses are currently offered only during the morning and afternoon. There are no Honors College courses offered during evening hours.
How many honors courses are required to graduate from the Honors College?
Eight Honors College courses must be completed. Degree completion is accomplished by taking other major-specific courses (in addition to the eight mandated honors courses) in subject areas where honors courses are not required.
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: for early admission the deadline is February 1st, for regular admission the deadline is June 1.
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. Honors College courses must be taken in sequential order.
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. We understand however, that circumstances may cause students to leave before two years of study are completed.
What level of Math and English is required for admission into the Honors College?
Applicants are required to be at both the English I and Pre-calculus/Statistics-level for admission into the Honors College.
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. You will also have a designated advisor and enjoy being in classes with other highly motivated students. Honors College students will also have the opportunity to serve in campus student leadership positions and partake in extracurricular art and cultural experiences.
What makes an Honors College course different from regular courses?
While students in regular classes read almost entirely from a textbook, Honors College students read a variety of sources beyond the textbook; resulting in class discussions that explore a wider range of perspectives. Honors writing and research assignments are more sophisticated than those in non-Honors classes. This is because class sizes will be limited and because students will be selected on their record of successful academic work and high achievement.
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?