YVCC Honors Program
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.
Intellectual challenge: 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 recommendation letters.
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 ceremony
Honors luncheons: Lunch seminars with invited speakers