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Honors Transfer Alliance Program (TAP)

About the Honors Program: 

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.

Honors to Honors transfer agreements are negotiated by the Honors Transfer Council of California. I encourage you to visit their website to see a list of participating universities and view the specific transfer agreements for each university. 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 6 Honors Counselors to assist students in planning their courses.

Honors Coordinators:

Professor Vejea Jennings (faculty contact/Honors courses & options)

    661-722-6300, ext. 6710 - vjennings@avc.edu - LC 115

Asst. Professor Tamira Palmetto DeSpain (student contact/ student recruitment & management)

    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 Scholar Requirements (Effective Fall 2020): 

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA (without earning under a “C” in any honors course)

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

    • 5 total Honors courses required for Honors Scholar designation

    • 3 of the 5 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 Scholar Designation will be added to transcripts when students graduate with a degree from AVC, have completed the required 5 honors courses (3 actual courses), and have a 3.0 or higher GPA at the time of graduation. 




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. 


Graduation and Transfer 

Use the link below to apply for Graduation. 
Online Graduation Application

Cal State University (CSU) applicaitons will open August 1st for Spring 2021 admission.  https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Please visit the AVC Transfer Center to sign up for CSU application workshops in August. https://www.avc.edu/studentservices/transfer


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).



Last updated: September 2, 2020