Honors Program

At Harford Community College we understand that if you're not challenged, nothing changes. The Honors Program exemplifies this.

We're looking for students who are interested in pursuing intellectual challenges and opportunities above and beyond their program of study—those who know they can make a difference in the world and those who inspire a spirit and readiness for what's next.

Are you academically talented? Curious? Eager to engage with new ideas and experiences?
We're waiting for you.


“The Honors Program nurtures and challenges academically talented and curious students.

It creates an intellectual environment that stimulates high-level critical and creative thinking, and provides engaging experiences for students to deepen and enrich their scholarly knowledge, social networks, and professional opportunities.”


What you need to know about the Honors Program

Honors classes are limited to 15 students which allows for more personalized instruction, enriched learning and greater depth of analysis, synthesis and evaluation of material. Within this learning community there is greater interaction between faculty and students and both are often asked to participate in events such as dinner with the President, panel discussions, and research presentations. Honors students receive special recognition at Commencement and transfer with Honors course designation on their transcripts. That in itself can lead to scholarships. Former honors grads have transferred to universities such as Georgetown University and University of Maryland College Park and are often directly admitted to their honors programs.

Scholars Summit

This event takes place each spring. Students in all academic fields can present their undergraduate research, scholarship, creative activities, and service-learning projects. Project submissions may include poster boards, research papers, and recorded presentations. Prizes are awarded for Best Scientific Work, Best Creative Work and Best Poster Presentation.

Admission into the Program is based on eligibility at the time of application submission. In certain circumstances, exceptions to the criteria may be permitted with the consent of the instructor or the division dean.

New Students must:

• have completed an HCC Application for Enrollment

• be eligible to enroll in college-level English and reading courses

• earn a qualifying score on math assessment

• achieved a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.2 in high school

Current or New Transfer Students must:

• be eligible to enroll in college-level English and reading courses

• earn a qualifying score on math assessment

• possess a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.2 and a minimum of nine credits of college-level courses
• earn a 1200 or better composite SAT score or a 24 or better ACT score

Continuous Honor Program Eligibility

To remain eligible for the Honors Program, a student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in Honors Program courses and an overall minimum 3.20 GPA.


To successfully complete the Honor Program, students must:

• have a minimum of 9 credits completed in Honors Program courses

• have a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA in all honors courses upon completion of Honors Program

• have a minimum 3.20 overall GPA

The Honors Program Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who earn an A or B in an Honors Course at Harford. It provides students with the cost of tuition for one subsequent Honors Course. The Honors Scholarship may be awarded to students twice during their studies in Harford's Honors Program.

Transfer Scholarships

Honors Program completers who earn an overall 3.50 GPA or above are eligible to seamlessly transfer to the Honors Program at the following colleges and universities:

• Transfer to the Honors Program at Towson University and receive a $1,250 annual scholarship

• Transfer to Goucher College and receive an $8,000 scholarship

• Transfer to the Honors Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and receive a $4,000 annual scholarship and up to $6,500 with membership to Phi Theta Kappa

• Automatic admission to the Salisbury Honors College and receive a $1,000 scholarship

• Automatic admission to the University of Baltimore’s Helen P. Denit Honors Program

• Automatic admission to Sweet Briar College’s Honors Program

• Automatic admission to the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore’s Honors Program

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