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 - LC 115

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)

    • 6 total Honors courses required for Honors Scholar designation

    • 3 of the 6 Honors courses must be actual Honors Courses, offered in the regular schedule

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

  • Complete the requirements of any honors option contract and deadlines




Honors Recruitment Meetings

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

Honors Recruitment Meetings:

The Honors Program is still accepting applications! Please download an application (form above), complete the form, and email it to Tamira Palmetto Despain at tpalmetto@avc.edu

If you are a high school student, you will need to include a copy of your high school transcripts with your Honors application. 


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:

For New Honors Students:

* Summer & Fall Registration begins in May. For priority registration, students must submit their Honors applications by April. 

* Spring Registration begins in late October. For priority registration, student must submit their Honors applications by September. 

Summer & Fall 2020 Registration: 

Registration appointments will be available in myAVC (Register & Pay tab) starting April 16th.

Priority Registration: May 5th-19th

Open Registration: May 20th

Summer 2020 term begins June 8th.

Fall 2020 term begins August 17th.


Graduation and Transfer 2020

Congratulations on the completion of another successful semester at AVC! For those of you who are planning to graduate in Spring 2020, please make sure you apply for graduation.
Use the link below to apply for Graduation. 
Online Graduation Application


Honors Convocation 2020
The Honors Convocation for 2020 is currently on HOLD due to the COVID-19 "stay at home," order.  

The Honors Convocation is an event to formally recognize our Honors student who will both be graduating AVC and completing the Honors Program at AVC (6 Honors classes, 3 of which are actual Honors classes).

If you are planning to graduate and complete the Honors Program this spring, please contact Tamira Palmetto Despain at tpalmetto@avc.edu

The event will be from 8 -10 am, with check-in starting at 7:30 am. Family and friends are encouraged to attend. 


Last updated: April 22, 2020