Honors University Transfer Program

Program Overview

The Honors University Transfer Program provides highly motivated students the opportunity to work closely with instructors and other motivated students in advanced levels of critical thinking, analysis, research, writing, and communication. The goal of the Program is to engage, support, and challenge self-motivated students to pursue a deeper education, enabling them to create opportunities for success in both their personal and professional lives. Honors courses offer enriched educational experiences through our Honors faculty, challenging coursework, typically smaller class sizes, and the opportunity to study with other highly motivated students.

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Honors Program West Valley College


Honors student at graduation
  • Honors students have successfully transferred to Stanford, Columbia, University of Chicago, Cornell, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, and many other top universities
  • 97% successful transfer rate from Honors Program to 4-year universities.
  • Honors recognition on transcripts and Honors classes include a selection of general education courses from the IGETC transfer plan.
  • Collaborative and experimental learning (working in groups, doing field research, attending cultural events), and higher levels of critical thinking with an emphasis on writing skills.
  • Class size typically limited to 20 students for more individual attention from instructors.
  • Emphasizes skills needed in university-level work such as written analysis, research, collaborative learning, and oral presentation.
  • We are one of only a handful of northern California colleges participating in the prestigious UCLA TAP (Transfer Alliance program).
  • Earns priority consideration for transfer admissions into majors in the College of Letters and Sciences of highly competitive universities such as:
  • Chapman University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pomona College
  • Santa Clara University
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Southern California
  • Meets qualification for scholarships and grants available only to Honors students at University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and Pomona College.
  • Participation in research conferences and special events.
  • Academic transfer Counseling and priority registration for classes.
  • Supportive relationships with other bright, energetic learners and a Mentorship program.
  • Special speaker series.


Honors student at graduation

West Valley College Student Qualifications

  • Earn a GPA of 3.25 or higher in at least 9 units of university transferable work at WVC
  • Complete English 1A with a grade of A or B (or take 1A concurrently with your first semester of Honors courses and earn an A or B

High School Student Qualifications

  • Earn a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5

Maintaining Membership

To maintain active membership in the Program, students must:

  • Maintain 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Recommended: Enroll in at least two Honors courses each year

You will have completed the Honors Program after successfully taking 5 Honors courses with a GPA of 3.4 or higher

Apply for Membership

In addition to the application, please email a copy of your transcript to Sam%20Liu.


Contact Us

Honors Program Coordinator

Honors Counselor

Last Updated 4/19/19