Pentathlon Award winners (students who present at five or more research conferences) at the OMNI Showcase Spring '18
Thank you for your interest in the MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program. For the past 25 years, the MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program has been offering enriched academic coursework that is designed for any high-achieving student interested in developing skills that will prepare you academically, socially and personally for college, career and life.
We accept applications year-round and there are no additional fees to join the program or take our university-styled honors courses. Students that have participated in and enjoyed high school Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs or honor societies previously will find the experience in the MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program very similar. The MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program encourages every high-achieving student who is transfer focused, enjoys learning in a supportive community and likes the challenge of creating original scholarship to apply.
How do I join the HSP?
Our application can be found online and has no submission deadline! To be eligible, students should have:
Note: Students who do not meet these requirements directly may submit an Appeal for Admission, to be reviewed by a committee organized by the Honors Coordinator.
What are the benefits of joining the HSP?
- Enriched learning opportunities outside the classroom
- Campus and Culture visits to schools like UCLA, UCI, SDSU, USC and more
- Present original research at academic Honors Conferences all over California
- Smaller class sizes = more collaboration with your professors
- Individualized Honors contract instruction, including coursework in many STEM classes
- Honors Lounges on both campuses where you can meet students who share your goals
- Recognition at graduation for Certified Honors Scholars and a special graduation ceremony at the end of the year
- Potential transfer benefits through UCLA's College of Letters and Science (TAP) and UC Irvine
- Unique scholarship and publishing opportunities
How will the content and conduct of an Honors course be different?
Honors classes are different, not necessarily harder. Topics covered are the same - the difference is in the teaching and learning experience. The materials may be covered at greater depth. In addition, students will experience a more interactive learning environment, such as discussions, seminars, oral presentations, and in-class workshops. Emphasis is placed on skills needed at the university level, such as written analysis, critical thinking, research, and collaborative learning.
Is it possible to take an Honors class and not be an HSP student?
Yes! You may take Honors classes without being a member of the program. If you decide to apply to the program after you have completed Honors courses, they will be counted toward your completion requirements.
Any student who is in the Honors Scholar Program must take a minimum of two Honors courses within one year of being admitted into the Program in order to maintain active status.
If any MiraCosta student can take Honors courses, why should a student join the Honors Scholar Program?
While Honors courses are the foundation of the Honors Scholar Program, there are plenty of other benefits for students who join. Honors students make up a special community that provides students a unique and valuable MiraCosta experience. Active members of the Honors Scholar Program receive first priority to attend Honors enrichment activities which extend learning beyond the classroom, such as campus visits, museums trips, and opportunities to attend cultural events offered by the MiraCosta College creative and performing arts departments. Additionally, only active Honors program members can unlock all of the potential transfer benefits offered by some public and private 4-year college and universities, including partnerships with UC Irvine, Chapman University, the University of Arizona, and many others.
Is it still beneficial to participate in the Honors Scholar Program even though I will not be able to complete it?
Yes! Any Honors course you complete will add increased rigor to your transcript. Also, you may be able to count the completed courses towards the completion requirements for your university's Honors program. Lastly, Honors courses and experiences, such as participating in research conferences, will help students develop skills needed for university coursework.
What recognition will Honors students receive?
Students who complete Honors Scholar Program requirements will have the notation “Certified Honors Scholar” posted on their transcript. Honors students are also recognized at graduation and at the President’s Luncheon, a special graduation and recognition ceremony for the Honors community.
What does it mean to be a “Certified Honors Scholar”?
Becoming a Certified Honors Scholar means you have satisfied all requirements for being an active member of the Honors Scholar Program and completed at least five Honors courses (at least 15 units worth) with a "C" or better. You can read more about the requirements of active Honors students and various designations here.