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 schoalrships. 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.

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

Continuous Honor Program Eligibility

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


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 scholarshipis 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:

Towson University, earn a $1250 scholarship (Fall Admission Only)

Goucher College, earn a $5000 scholarship

The University of Baltimore Honors Program, earn a $5000 scholarship

Sweet Briar College Honors Program

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