An honors program is
designed for high-achieving students who desire more from their educational
experience. Often composed of a small number of students compared to the
university as a whole, they allow members to have unique experiences above and
beyond the college curriculum. The goal of most programs is to give each
student an individualized journey through college.
Exclusivity: By joining an
honors program and earning an honors diploma, students set themselves apartfrom their peers and make themselves significantly more competitive.
Recognition: Graduating with an
honors diploma is one tag that immediately tells future employers or university
administration that the person they are considering did more than his/her counterparts
to complete a degree. In an uncertain economy, an honors degree could be the
difference between an interview and a “thank you for applying” letter.
Community: Frequent interaction
with other honors students and faculty helps build a "feeling of
belonging" to the YVCC academic community.
Intellectually challenging curriculum.
Relationships: The most lasting
benefit of an honors program is the individualized attention given by the
faculty and staff. This can lead to lifelong relationships and outstanding
Personal attention: Special
projects allow a one-on-one interaction with honors faculty.
Graduate school preparation. At
many schools, the class regimen of an undergraduate honors class is similar to
that of a graduate class. Many honors classes place a great deal of emphasis on
continuing education through graduate school.
Special activities: Students
who participate in an honors program often get to participate in honors retreats,
cultural events at theaters and museums, campus-wide recognition banquets,
dinners with faculty members, etc. This is a great way to start networking.
Scholarship opportunities: At
some schools, students who participate in the honors program may also qualify
for certain scholarships.
Honors degree: Students who
graduate in the honors program will have that notation recorded on their
diplomas and permanent records. This is a valuable addition to resumes.
Public recognition: Certificate
of completion of the honors program and acknowledgment at a special graduation
Honors luncheons: Lunch seminars
with invited speakers
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