Potential Honors Applicant

Welcome to your future! The Honors Program at Dallas College is designed to give you the tools, experience, and knowledge to excel not just at Dallas College but beyond. In the Honors Program you will experience smaller class sizes and more robust learning opportunities that you would not necessarily get in your courses. Each faculty member has applied and been picked to provide you strong preparation for graduating, transferring, or entering the workforce. Additionally, you gain access to a network of friends who will be with you throughout your academic journey. You also get exclusive access to Honor Lounges on each campus. The team welcomes any questions you may have and look forward to seeing your application. To reach myself or any of the Honors staff, please email us at honors@dcccd.edu. Welcome and congratulations on your next step for your academic journey.

– Alex Snowden, Senior Manager for Honors Program

There are several ways an individual can gain admissn to the Honors Program at Dallas College. Just choose criteria that best fits you!

Students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • High school GPA of at least a 3.3 on a 4-point scale; or
  • Top 25% high school class rank; or
  • SAT (starting March 2016) = at least both 560 Math and at least 560 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; or
  • SAT (prior to March 2016) = at least 1130 Combined Score for both Math and Critical Reading; or
  • ACT = at least 23 Composite Score with 21 Math and 21 English Scores; or
  • TSI Assessment = at least all of the following: 360 Reading and 345 Math and 6 Essay Writing or 5 Essay with 370 Sentence Structure Score.
  • Also, combinations of above test scores are acceptable. (For example, 560 SAT Math and 21 ACT English.)

Students must have a GPA 2 (college-level GPA) of 3.3 or better with at least 9 college-level credit hours complete and be college-ready in Reading and Writing and either college-ready in Math or eligible to enroll in a DMAT 0315 or DMAT 0317 course.

Students must have a GPA 2 (college-level GPA) of 3.3 or better with at least 12 college-level credit hours complete from U.S. institutions verified by official college transcripts.

Dual Credit and other high school students are eligible in the same ways as other students and should contact their high school counselors or the Honors Program for additional information.

To apply for the Honors Program, please follow these steps:

  1. Open the online application form. Submit when you are finished.
  2. Your academic report will be reviewed to ensure that you meet Honors Program admission standards, and an email will be sent to you.

It is understandable to have questions about the Honors Program. These frequently asked questions are just a few answers to questions you may have. We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you have by emailing honors@dcccd.edu.

Honors students are a diverse group of highly qualified Dallas College students who desire enriched and rewarding courses of study. The Honors Program is open to all qualifying credit students. All Honors students must complete an Honors Program admissions application.

Although you will be expected to work hard, Honors classes are not necessarily more difficult than regular classes. In fact, Honors students report that their Honors courses are more enjoyable than regular classes. In Honors courses, students are surrounded by like-minded, high-achieving students, increasing the performance and enjoyment of everyone.

The Dallas College Honors experience provides students with co-curricular and extra-curricular enrichment. Honors students are involved in cultural activities both on and off campus and in community-based activities that incorporate learning experiences beyond the classroom such as service learning and study abroad.

When you complete an Honors course at your campus, it will receive an Honors notation on your college transcript.

The Dallas College Honors Certificate is awarded to students who, in addition to completing 9 hours of Honors coursework at Dallas College, also complete a minimum of 3 clock hours of approved co-curricular activities and 3 clock hours of extra-curricular activities prior to graduation or transfer.

To graduate with the Dallas College Honors Certificate, you must earn at least a 3.25 overall grade point average at the time of the award. The Honors Certificate is denoted with the letter "H" next to your name on the commencement program.

If you want to enrich your educational experience even more, consider applying to become an Honors Program Scholar and graduate with an Honors Scholar designation on your diploma.

The Dallas College Honors Scholar designation is awarded to students who complete a minimum of 15 hours of Honors coursework at Dallas College and a minimum of 10 clock hours of approved co-curricular activity and 6 clock hours of extra-curricular activity prior to graduation or transfer. To graduate as an Honors Scholar, you must have at least a 3.25 overall grade point average at the time of the award.

To register for Honors Courses, after you have been accepted, is through your Student Success Coach. We always recommend looking at the Honors Courses offered to make sure that when you meet with them you are able to have a conversation on how those courses fit into your academic plan.

Good standing within the Honors Program is a 3.25. If you fall below this GPA then the Honors Program will review your status with you and work with you to develop a plan to get back on track.

We try to let you know as soon as possible. Usually we are able to inform you within 48 hours. We ask that you give us at least a week and if you haven’t heard please reach out to honors@dcccd.edu and we can give you a status update.

All Honors Students are asked to go through an orientation. It is not required. We feel students who do go through the orientation have shown to be more successful in meeting their academic goals.

Please keep an eye out in your email for dates and times to attend. You can also check back here.