About the Honors Program: 

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

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 6 Honors Counselors to assist students in planning their courses.

Honors Coordinators:

Professor Vejea Jennings

    661-722-6300, ext. 6710 - vjennings@avc.edu - OF3 164

Asst. Professor Tamira Palmetto DeSpain

    661-722-6300, ext. 6724 - tpalmetto@avc.edu - T100F

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.

Honors Awards

Visit the Awards page for more award listings.

Honors Program Guidelines: 

  • Maintain a 3.25 GPA (without earning under a ā€œCā€ in any honors course)

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

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

  • Complete the requirements of any honors option contract and deadlines




Honors Recruitment Meetings

Honors Recruitment Meetings for Spring 2019 will be held in LS1 106 on the following dates: 

February 7th, 3:30-4:30

February 14th, 3:30-4:30

February 28th, 3:30-4:30

If you are currently a high school student, please bring a copy of your high school transcript to the recruitment meeting. 


Important Dates

The Honors program has rolling admissions, which means students can join anytime; however, completed Honors applications must be received by the following dates for priority registration for the following terms:

  • Fall Term: March 15
  • Spring Term: October 1
  • Summer Term: March 15


Graduation and Transfer 2019

Congratulations on the completion of another successful semester at AVC! For those of you who are planning to graduate in Spring 2019, please make sure you have applied for graduation. 
Graduation Evaluation Office:
Online Graduation Application

The Honors Convocation will be held Friday, May 10th in the Performing Art Theater.  

For all of you who will be BOTH be completing the Honors Program (6 Honors classes), and graduating with a degree from AVC- Please email Tamira Palmetto Despain at tpalmetto@avc.edu.
You will be formally recognized at the Honors Convocation and receive your Honors Certificate. It is a wonderful event where we invite your family to share in your accomplishments at AVC. 
UCLA & UCI Transfer:
For those of you who have applied for transfer (fall 2019to UCI and UCLA-  We will be completing TAP Certification in General Counseling this January and February. You will need to ask for either Susan Knapp or Tamira Palmetto Despain in General Counseling. 
Please make sure to have the TAP form completed (typed) when you arrive for your appointment.  You will use the UCLA TAP form for BOTH UCLA & UC IRVINE.
TAP Certification Form (fillable) ā€“ a fillable PDF document.  
You must complete the AVC Honors Program (6 classes) by spring 2019,
have a min. 3.25 GPA,
have completed all major prep, and 
have completed the IGETC General Education pattern that corresponds to your AVC degree (IGETC or STEM-IGETC)
If you are also applying to an Alternate Major, you must have some major prep completed for that Alternate Major. Limitations:

A. The alternate major may NOT be one of the following 15 selective majors:

  • Biology
  •  Pre-Business Economics
  • Communication Studies
  •  Pre-Economics
  • English
  • Pre-Global Studies
  • Pre-Financial Actuarial Mathematics
  • Human Biology & Society (B.A.)
  • Human Biology & Society (B.S.)
  • Pre-International Development Studies
  • Pre-Mathematics/Economics
  • Pre-Political Science
  • Pre-Psychology
  • Pre-Sociology
  • Pre-Statistics
You must complete 5 Honors courses by spring 2019,
have a min. 3.7 GPA,
have completed major prep, and
have completed general education requirements by spring 2019.
Last updated: February 7, 2019