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Students, staff and faculty associated with the Chaffey College honors program.

Honors Program

If you're a motivated student who is looking for unique opportunities to feed your intellectual curiosity and would like to transfer to a university, the honors program could be the resource you need. The honors program provides students with myriad opportunities to help them reach their
transfer and career goals.

Benefits include:

  • Preferred registration for classes at Chaffey College
  • Preparation for upper division and graduate-level academic work
  • Smaller classes that foster meaningful relationships with professors and peers
  • Intellectually stimulating curriculum
  • Opportunities to participate in local, state and national research conferences
  • Opportunities to publish original work in honors journals
  • University library access and invitations to special events
  • Scholarships and internships available upon application and verification of honors program status
  • Distinctive transcript notations indicating the honors course and grade
  • Certificate of completion of the honors program and acknowledgment at a special graduation ceremony
  • Honors transfer agreements with designated universities guaranteeing priority consideration or acceptance
  • Chaffey College is a participating member in the National Collegiate Honors Council, the Western Regional Honors Council and the Honors Transfer Council of California.


Current students


Recent high school graduates

  • An unweighted 3.2 high school grade point average
  • Registration for 12 units at Chaffey College for the upcoming semester
  • And one of the following requirements:
    • The successful completion of three advanced placement (AP) classes in high school with a grade of “B” or better
    • A combined SAT score of 1000 or above or ACT score of 26 or higher or,
    • Two letters of reference from high school instructors



Ready for the challenge? Please fill out our web form to get started.

Honors Program Application


Honors Contract Guidelines

  • Since most sections are on-line, student must email instructor and ask if the instructor would agree to let the student attempt an Honors contract in the class.
  • Once instructor agrees to let the student attempt an Honors contract in class, the contract sections student need to complete must be typed out, and contract must be electronically signed by student and instructor.

  • Once contract is filled out and signatures obtained, student needs to save it as a PDF and send as an email attachment to Honors.program@chaffey.edu


These are the following guidelines when developing your project proposal. Proposals that do not meet the requirements may not be approved, and student will be required to revise and resubmit the proposal.

  • Description of the research project: An outline must be included with the Honors contract and should include:
    A thesis, questions the student will attempt to answer within the research, at leave five primary and five secondary sources to be used in the project. The student should include research questions, a thesis statement, and at least five sources that will be used in the project. 
  • Description of an out of class activity: The student and instructor should agree upon a virtual out of class activity that ideally pertains to the students’ project. Some examples include (but are not limited to): visiting an exhibit at a museum, attending a lecture at a college or university, participating in an awareness raising event.
  • Description of the presentation: The contract requires a 15-minute (minimum) virtual presentation to the class. In disciplines where an oral presentation is inappropriate, the instructor and student may propose an alternative activity.


All deadlines are the fourth week of the respective session a student is  registered for.  After the contract is received by the honors office, the Honors Committee will review the proposal and contract. Students and instructors will be notified about the status of the contract via email. If the proposal is approved, the student should move forward with completing project.

 The Honors Office will contact the instructor at the end of the semester to verify if the student completed the contract, and upon verification, the student will receive the honors notation on his/her transcript.


Honors Program Contract

Please review the Chaffey College honors program contract to learn more about research project requirements.


Chaffey College librarians will be happy to assist you with your researching needs.


Program completion requirements

  • Submission of an intent to complete application
  • Enrollment in a minimum of two semesters
  • Participation in the honors program for at least two semesters
  • Maintenance of an overall GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Completion of 10 hours of on campus service or community service
  • Completion of 15 units in honors classes and contracts with a "B" or better
  • Completion of an associate degree or fulfillment of admissions requirements to a four-year institution



Please let us know if you're planning to complete the honors program by filling out the honors program intent to complete form.


Transfer Opportunities

We have transfer agreements with many competitive universities. Visit the Honors Transfer Council of California to learn more.


If you have any questions please reach out to Dorothy Nevarez, dorothy.nevarez@chaffey.edu

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