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Honors Program

Unlock Your Potential Online, Hybrid & On-Campus

Welcome to the Honors Program, a community of high-achieving students dedicated to excellence, intellectual curiosity, and personal growth. Our program has several options that include the chance to take specialized honors courses, in the delivery format that best meets your needs, providing you with a challenging and enriching academic experience that goes beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Why join the Honors Program? 

Academic Excellence: Our Honors Program offers a specially curated curriculum with a flexible schedule designed to deepen your knowledge, stimulate your critical thinking, and encourage innovative problem-solving. Honors students can choose from face-to-face, fully online, or hybrid courses that combine both styles! You will have the opportunity to engage in advanced coursework, participate in research projects, and work closely with our distinguished faculty who are experts in their fields.

Personalized Learning Experience: We understand that each student is unique, and our program is designed to cater to your individual interests and career goals. You'll receive personalized academic advising, have the opportunity to participate in specialized workshops, and be part of a supportive community that will help you grow both personally and academically.

Options for Multiple GPA Levels: Based on your GPA and goals, choose from our Honors, Honors Affiliate, or Honors Aspire Programs.

  • Honors: 3.5 GPA, wanting to graduate with an Honors Diploma and recognition at Commencement. 
  • Affiliate: 3.2 GPA, wanting to take Honors classes without meeting Honor's Diploma requirements.
  • Aspire: 3.0 GPA after earning minimum of 12 college credit hours, and wanting to take Honors classes without meeting Honor's Diploma requirements.

Opportunities for Leadership and Growth: As a member of our Honors Program, you will have various opportunities to develop your leadership skills, participate in community service projects, and engage in extracurricular activities that will enhance your college experience and prepare you for future career success.

Competitive Edge: Graduating from our Honors Program will give you a competitive edge in the job market and in transfer school applications. Employers and transfer schools seek candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence, and our program will provide you with the skills and experiences necessary to stand out from the crowd.

Explore the Honors Program Details & Apply Today

Admission Criteria & How to Apply

To qualify for the Honors Program, students seeking an Honors Diploma or Honors Affiliate status must meet one of the following requirements and apply using the Honors Program application. (The application is a downloadable PDF that should be saved to your device, filled out, and signed, which can be a digital signature. The completed application should be submitted to the Honors Office through the Student Document Dropbox available in the myEFSC Portal).

  • Be enrolled in EFSC's Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree program. (EFSC bachelor degree programs are not part of the honors program).
  • Students with no college experience or fewer than 12 hours of college credit must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above on an unweighted scale as demonstrated on their most recent official high school transcript, plus one of the following:

    • SAT Re-Design Scores
      Reading: 24
      Writing and Language: 25
      Math: 25

    • ACT Scores
      Reading 19
      English 17
      Math 20

    • PERT Score of 116 or above in Sentence Skills, Reading and Math
  • Students with 12 hours or more of college credit must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA from at least 12 credit hours of General Education college-level work.
Graduation Requirements

Honors, Honors Affiliate, and Honors Aspire sudents have different goals. While students in all three programs seek the challenges of the EFSC Honors Program and have access to Honors classes, only those classified as “Honors Students” can receive an Honors Diploma and special recognition at commencement.

Honors Affiliate and Honors Aspire students do not intend to complete the requirements for an Honors Diploma. Affiliate and Aspire students can qualify to change their status to Honors Student at any time, but Honors Diploma requirements must be met or be in progress and communicated to the Honors Office one semester before graduation.

The requirements listed below are for new Honors Program applicants. Current Honors Program students should refer to the graduation requirements listed in the EFSC Catalog for the year in which they enrolled at EFSC.

Honors Diploma Graduation Requirements

• 3.5 GPA or higher cumulative GPA
• 18 or more Honors credit hours including at least one 3-credit (or more) Honors course completed at EFSC in addition to meeting the SLS 2261/SLS 2261H requirement
• 40 hours of community service through the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
• Demonstration of leadership through completion of SLS 2261H or SLS 2261

Honors Affiliate Distinction Requirements

• 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA
• Minimum of 9 credit hours of Honors with a minimum grade of "C" and at least one 3-credit (or more) Honors course completed at EFSC to have the "Affiliate" distinction noted on transcript.

Honors Aspire Requirements

• 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA

Honors Program Benefits

As part of the EFSC Honors Program, in addition to the tremendous learning experiences, you'll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Small Classes, generally 6 to 15 students
  • Recognition at Graduation (For full Honors program)
  • Honors seal affixed to diploma (For full Honors program)
Library Benefits
  • Up to 20 circulating items at a time
  • Unlimited renewals will be granted as long as there are no Requests/Reserves on the item (Renewals subject to recall if needed)
  • Temporary loan of reference materials will be allowed at the discretion of the librarian on duty
  • Up to 10 interlibrary loan requests may be placed at a time
  • Librarians will give more in-depth instruction on using subject indexes for research, placing interlibrary loan requests and using specialized research tools. Appointments with a librarian can be made for individual research assistance.

Note: Honors students should immediately identify themselves and present their card each time they need library assistance.

Campus Honors Advisors

Jacquelyn Poitier-French

Cheryl Voors

Palm Bay:
Debbie Sanders

April Hurtado

Barbara Fisher

Ilana Grimes, EFSC Dean of Instruction
1519 Clearlake Rd, Bldg. 12, Rm. 203B
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-433-5856

Before using, download the form to your computer in order to fill out, digitally sign, and save.

Honors Program Application [Writable PDF to fill out and submit through Student Document Dropbox]