2019-2020 College Catalog

Online Catalog

Honors and Academic Recognition

The Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Scholars Program

The Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Scholars Program offers excellent full- and part-time students of all ages flexible opportunities to fulfill their general education requirements as part of a supportive, intellectual community that helps prepare them for more advanced study and transfer. Students enjoy learning with outstanding faculty and peers in stimulating honors courses and through active participation in the college’s academic and cultural events.

The Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Scholars Program admits students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A high school or college cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher or a combined score of 1100 on the SAT (critical reading and math) and/or an ACT composite score of 25 or higher
  • An HCC student with an HCC GPA of 3.2 or higher with a minimum of six but no more than 24 college-level credits completed
  • A GPA of 3.2 or better at another institution for applicants who are transferring to HCC, with a minimum of six but no more than 24 college-level credits completed.

In certain circumstances, consideration will be given to students for whom traditional indicators of success are not always valid.

Honors students maintain a yearly cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at HCC and participate in honors-designated events each semester.

Students who successfully complete 15 credits of honors coursework and present satisfactory evidence of honors-events participation will receive Honors recognition at graduation.

Honors classes have limited enrollments. The college keeps the class size moderate in order to achieve maximum interaction between the instructor and the students.

James W. Rouse Scholars Program

This honors and leadership program is for incoming high school seniors and has specific criteria for admission. For further details see Student Services.

Dean’s List for Full-time Students

Students who have completed at least 12 credit hours in a term at HCC with a term grade point average of 3.50 or better are eligible for nomination to the Dean’s List.  Students cannot receive an F, L, or W grade during the term and qualify for the Dean’s List.  Students who have met the qualifications will be recognized as outstanding students by the college. 

Dean’s List for Part-time Students

Part-time students who have completed 12 or more cumulative credit hours at HCC and earn a term grade point average of 3.50 or better are eligible for nomination to the Dean’s List for Part-Time Students.  Students must complete a minimum of six credits in the term under consideration and cannot receive an F, L, or W grade during the term to qualify for the Dean’s List for Part-Time Students.  Students who have met the qualifications will be recognized as outstanding students by the college.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Alpha Alpha Sigma is the HCC chapter of PHI THETA KAPPA, the national honor society of two-year colleges. To be invited to join, students must accumulate at least 12 credits in 100- and 200-level courses and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA during the fall and spring semesters in those courses. To remain in the honor society a student must maintain a 3.2 GPA. Induction celebrations are held during both the fall and spring semesters. Phi Theta Kappa students who enroll in honors courses are eligible for a limited number of scholarships.

Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society

Howard Community College is accredited by the Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Honor Society to initiate members for business and related professional disciplines. Alpha Beta Gamma exists to reward academic excellence among business honor students and to recognize the contribution to learning and business of professionals. To achieve this goal, Alpha Beta Gamma provides leadership opportunities, forums for the exchange of ideas and the stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. Since its founding in 1970, over 65,000 students from accredited community, junior, and technical colleges have been initiated into the society. Alpha Beta Gamma is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, and an affiliate member of both the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). To be eligible for membership in Alpha Beta Gamma, a student must be enrolled in a business curriculum at HCC and have completed 15 credit hours with at least 12 credit hours applicable to a degree. In addition, the student must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society

The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society recognizes the academic excellence of students in the study of Associate Degree Nursing. Howard Community College's chapter is Delta Sigma. The society encourages the pursuit of advanced degrees in the profession of nursing as well as continuing education as a life-long professional responsibility. Additionally, the society participates in the recruitment of qualified individuals into the profession of nursing. Eligible students must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all general education courses, earned a grade of B or better in each nursing course, and have no previous failures of any nursing course.

Alpha Eta Honor Society

Alpha Eta Honor Society is the national scholarship honor society for the allied health professions. Alpha Eta recognizes the academic achievements of allied health students based upon their overall GPA. Allied health students that have achieved a 3.5 overall GPA are nominated for membership to the society.

Graduation with Honors

Students who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above will graduate with honors. Students who have a grade point average of 3.75 or above will graduate with high honors. Those students who have a 4.0 grade point average will graduate with highest honors.

STEM Scholars Program

The STEM scholars program is a challenging honors program that brings together high-achieving students interested in pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students in this learning community focus on learning and practicing the technical, ethical, and communication skills needed to enter and succeed in these dynamic fields. Students enrolled in this program complete a one-credit seminar each semester in which they hone their skills in research, communication, teamwork, and career planning. Opportunities for mentorship, service learning, and cultural and recreational experiences are provided. This program has specific criteria for selective admissions which include academic performance, test scores, letters of recommendation, and an essay. For more information on the application process and admission requirements, please refer to