Frequently Asked Questions About Honors Classes
Honors students like to read and write thoughtfully and critically, solve problems and are willing to be active participants in class discussions. Intellectual curiosity, self-motivation and responsibility are essential traits of the successful honors student.
You have to apply to and be accepted in the Honors Program in order to take honors classes at PVCC. Honors classes are open to students who qualify academically and meet the program's other criteria.
Yes. First, you need to complete and submit an application to the Honors Program. Applications are considered as they are submitted and once all the supporting materials are received.
Apply as soon as possible after you have applied to PVCC. You are strongly encouraged, but not required, to schedule an initial interview with the Honors Program Coordinator.
You will be considered for honors based on your academic performance, test scores and strength of the recommendations submitted by others on your behalf. Here are some benchmarks: GPA of 3.25, strong SAT, ACT scores or VPT English placement.
If you have had problems in the past but have the qualities needed for success in honors classes and are determined to turn your academic career around, we encourage you to submit an application. You may be required to take regular courses for a semester to improve your academic record before being accepted. The extra semester will also provide contact with PVCC faculty who can write a letter of recommendation for you.
You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better and register for at least one honors course each year or notify the Honors Program Coordinator in writing of your intent to continue taking honors classes in the future.
As a non-honors student, you may take an honors course if you meet the GPA standards for honors, the placement test requirements for the course and receive approval from the instructor. It is your responsibility to provide documentation (test scores and transcript with GPA) to the instructor demonstrating your qualifications.