Honors Transfer Alliance Program (TAP)

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The Honors Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) offers the opportunity for priority admission to many major universities throughout the state, and nationally as well. Honors courses have a seminar-like atmosphere that stems from the small class size (maximum of 21), leading to lively discussions between students and professors.

It is the intention of the Antelope Valley College Honors Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) to provide a highly enriching pathway to transfer. AVC's Honors TAP aims to serve its diverse student population through a set of unique opportunities to work in one-on-one collaboration with faculty Honors Options Projects and the dynamic learning experiences provided through Honors courses, with smaller class sizes and maximized student interaction, rigorous writing, research, and development of presentation skills. 

Honors to Honors transfer agreements are negotiated by the Honors Transfer Council of California. Visit their website to see a list of participating universities and view the specific transfer agreements for each university here https://www.honorstransfercouncil.org/

At AVC, Honors students are encouraged to work closely with faculty to pursue creative and/or independent projects. The program also stresses writing, research and critical thinking skills. The course offerings are designed to facilitate transfer to a four-year university. We offer the services of Honors Counselors to assist students in planning their courses.



Honors TAP Mission Statement:

The Antelope Valley College Honors Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) is dedicated to providing excellence through unique classroom experiences aimed at preparing a diverse student body for university-level course work, while providing transfer opportunities through Honors to Honors transfer agreements negotiated by the Honors Transfer Council of California.


Honors Coordinators:

Professor Darcy Wiewall

Faculty contact & Honors courses and options

661-722-6300, ext. 6902 



Towana Catley

Student contact & student recruitment and management

661-722-6300, ext. 6873



Honors TAP Scholar Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA (without earning below a "C" in any honors course)

  • Enroll in at least one honors course or option per semester (fall/spring) 

    • 5 honors courses are required. 3 of the 5 must be actual honors courses (offered in the regular class schedule) 

  • Make appointments with an honors counselor each semester (fall/spring)  

  • Complete the requirements of any honors option contract within the contracted term 


How to Join 

Applications are accepted throughout the entire academic year!

1) Complete the Honors Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) application found online here:  AVC Honors Application and Benefits Flyer.pdf

2) Email the completed application to Towana Catley at tcatley@avc.edu. If you are currently a high school student OR if this is your first semester at AVC after graduating from high school, you must send a copy of your high school transcript with the application

3) Once the application is received, you will be invited via email to a brief Honors TAP orientation meeting. 

4) Once your orientation meeting is done, you will be admitted to the Honors program



Honors Program Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Are honors classes more difficult?
    Students actually tell us they believe honors classes are better rather than harder- they are more fulfilling because of the close interaction among faculty and students.

  • Will my grade point average go down if I take honors classes?
    The opportunities for writing, for discussion, for help and feedback can make it easier to do well. And as your writing, research, and thinking skills improve, you'll see the benefits in your other classes as well.

  • What other advantages are there to being a member of the Honors Program?
    See the benefits page for more information.

  • When can I apply ?
    The program has rolling admissions, which means you can apply anytime; however completed Honors applications must be received by the following timeline for priority registration...

    • Fall registration begins in June. For priority registration, Honors applications must be submitted by May.

    • Spring registration begins in November. For priority registration, Honors applications must be submitted by September.

    • Summer registration begins in May. For priority registration, Honors applications must be submitted by March. 



Honors Convocation 

The Honors Convocation is an intimate and celebratory event to formally recognize our Honors students who graduate from AVC and complete the Honors Program. The AVC commencement ceremony is a separate, college-wide graduation event that is for all graduates. Honors students are encouraged to attend both the honors convocation and AVC commencement.

Honors Scholar Designation will be added to the transcripts when students...

(1) graduate with a degree from AVC

(2) complete the 5 required honors courses

(3) have a 3.0 or higher GPA at the time of graduation 




Last updated: June 16, 2022