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Honors Program

The Honors Program offers opportunities for intellectual challenge to students in every discipline. For the student who excels academically and plans to transfer to a selective college or university, the Honors Program provides challenging courses with a strong emphasis on reading, writing and critical thinking across the discipline. The Honors Program offers interdisciplinary Honors Learning Communities (LCs), Honors colloquia, as well as stand-alone Honors courses in the academic disciplines. Students may also use the program's resources to design individualized Honors projects as add-ons to almost any HCC course.  

Why Honors?  

The Honors Program is one of the best ways to maximize HCC's transfer opportunities.  Honors courses provide students with an excellent academic experience that prepares them for transfer to selective colleges and universities in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.  Recent alumni have transferred successfully to:  

  • Amherst College
  • Brandeis University
  • Cornell University  
  • George Washington University
  • Hampshire College
  • Marlboro College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Smith College
  • UMass Commonwealth Honors College
  • Wellesley College

Just as important, Honors instructors serve as mentors and advisors, helping students select transfer schools and writing personalized letters of recommendation.  The Honors Program also sponsors travel to transfer events at Amherst College, Cornell University, Marlboro College, Wellesley College, and Williams College.  In all these ways, the Honors Program helps students get where they want to go! 


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000