Honors University Transfer Program

Program Overview

Honors Program video

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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See full listing of Honors courses offered.

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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:
  • 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 Liu.


Jose Bautista Jose Bautista
Psychology Instructor
Leigh Burrill Leigh Burrill
English Instructor
Rachael Fields Rachael Fields
English Instructor
Janine Gerzanics Janine Gerzanics
English Instructor
Nichola Gutierrez Nichola Gutierrez
Political Science Instructor
Janis Kea Janis Kea
Economics Instructor
Tim Kelly Tim Kelly
History/Political Science Instructor
Andrew Kindon Andrew Kindon
Anthropology/Geography/Philosophy Instructor
Sam Liu Sam Liu
Economics Instructor
Honors Program Coordinator
Julie Maia Julie Maia
English Instructor
Ann Malmuth-Onn Ann Malmuth-Onn
Dance Instructor
Benjamin Mendelsohn Benjamin Mendelsohn
Astronomy Instructor
Nils Michals Nils Michals
English Instructor
Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss
Art History Instructor
Eric Pape Eric Pape
English Instructor
Carol Pavan Carol Pavan
Counseling Instructor
Honors Counselor
Jennifer Wagner Jennifer Wagner
English Instructor
Rebecca Wong Rebecca Wong
Math Instructor
Michelle Zajac Michelle Zajac
Communication Studies Instructor

Events and Activities

Fall 2018

  • Presentation on How to Apply to Selective Universities
  • Guest Speakers: Past WVC Students Come Back to Share Their Experiences
  • Honors Faculty-Student Reception

Spring 2019

Contact Us

Sam Liu

Honors Program Coordinator

Sam Liu

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday: 12:20 PM – 1:50 PM or by appointment in LA/SS 1C
Carol Pavan

Honors Counselor

Carol Pavan

Office Hours

Monday: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Thursday: 12:30 PM – 7:00 PM
last published: 12/13/18