Current Honors Program Students
Honors Program Handbook
The handbook has been developed to organize important information about honors program membership. Each admitted students receives a printed copy of the handbook with their program acceptance letter. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the entire handbook. The academic year you were admitted to the Honors Program is the handbook you will follow.
Honors Course Offerings
Students who are admitted and remain in good standing in the honors program may register for honors classes each semester. Program students typically take one to two honors classes each semester.
The annual schedule includes courses that meet the general education requirements of most programs of study. Program students are encouraged to plan ahead using this this annual schedule to maximize the number of honors courses they can complete.
A list of offerings currently open for registration is available via the student portal.
Honors Tuition Waiver
Students who earn an A or B in an honors class are eligible for a tuition waiver that covers the number of credit hours completed for use toward honors classes in a future semester. Waivers are available for up to 15 credit hours. Students must maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA in order to receive the waiver. Waivers are valid for one year from the date of completion. The student must submit a completed tuition waiver request to the Financial Aid Office each semester.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honors Society
As a member of the honors program, you are required to join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honors society. You may join PTK as a provisional member during your first semester. To gain full membership, you must complete 12 semester hours with a minimum 3.25 GPA. There is a one-time membership fee. To apply, complete the
PTK application and forward it to the Office of Student Life,
Building B, Room B173.
You may submit an application at any time. See the honors program handbook for more information about PTK membership expectations.
Program Eligibility Requirements
To maintain membership in the honors program, honors students must:
- Enroll in at least three credit hours ECC honors coursework within the first two semesters enrolled in the program. Three additional credit hours are required during each additional year enrolled.
- Join ECC's honors society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).
- Maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA each semester.
Students who fail to meet the above expectations at the end of the allowed probationary semester will be deactivated from the program. This means the student cannot enroll in honors program classes or participate in honors related activities for at least the following semester. However, students may immediately re-apply once the eligibility requirements have been met.
Students will receive notification via postal mail at the conclusion of each fall and spring semester if they have failed to meet any of these program requirements.
Honors Scholar Award
The honors scholar designation is an award given to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance during their time at ECC. Students must submit an honors scholar application by November 1 for fall graduation and April 1 for spring or summer graduation.
To apply for this recognition, you must completed each of the following:
- A minimum of 15 credit hours of honors coursework with grades of A or B. This must include completion of the Honors Capstone course
- Complete an ECC associate's degree with a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
- Demonstrate leadership and service to the college
- Demonstrate achievement of the honors program learning outcomes.
If a student has any special circumstances or concerns regarding meeting any of the above stated requirements, he/she may contact the honors program director. For further information about this award, refer to your honors program handbook.