About Honors, Program
Description and Eligibility
The Kingsborough Honors Program provides a challenging, enriching, and rewarding educational experience for highly
motivated students. The program gives a platform for students to exercise their drive
in rigorous courses open only to Honors students. These courses emphasize critical
thinking, independent research, analytical writing, oral debate, and public speaking.
All courses are easily transferable to top public and private four-year colleges and
universities. The Honors program strives to nurture excellence in leadership and service,
in addition to excellence in academics. The ultimate aim of the Honors Program is
to enable students to become Citizen-Scholars who have a strong academic and co-curricular
resume. "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally" is the guiding principle of the engaging
roster of co-curricular enrichment activities that are open to Honors students.
Students can participate in several different types of Honors academic experiences:
- All-Honors sections of regular courses.
- Non-Honors courses that contain an Honors Enrichment Component for students who opt
to do extra work.
- Honors Contracts-independent research projects done by individual students under the
supervision of a professor in a non-Honors course.
- Special off-campus summer scholarship programs such as the Vassar College Exploring
Transfer Program and the
Partners in the Park.
Admission Criteria into the Honors Program are as follows:
Day or evening, full-time or part-time students who have completed 12 credits or more
in residence at Kingsborough and have passed CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and
Writing, earned a grade of B or higher in English 12 or English 24, and have maintained
a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher are eligible to participate in
the Honors Program.
Kingsborough students who have accumulated less than 12 credits locally with a grade
point average of at least 3.20, but have additional transfer credits, may participate
in the Honors Program if they can produce transcripts of their transferred credits
showing a grade point average of 3.20 or higher.
Transferring students with 12 transferred credits or more who have passed CUNY Assessment
Tests in Reading and Writing and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or
higher for their transferred credits will be
allowed to participate in the Honors Program upon presentation of their transcripts
to the Honors Program Director.
High School Students:
Entering freshmen who have a high school average of 85% or higher, and/or a combined
SAT score of 950, and/or who have passed all parts of the CUNY Assessment Tests in
Reading, Writing and ACCUPLACER CUNY Assessment Test in Math, are eligible to participate
in the Honors Program. They must present a one-to-two-page essay expressing their
interest in the Honors Program to the Honors Program Director.
High school students entering Kingsborough with College Now credits who received a
B+ or higher in every College Now course they have taken and have maintained a high
school average of 80% are eligible to participate in the Honors Program.
Eligible students should apply to join the
Presidential Scholars Honors Program before attending Kingsborough Community College.
Students who successfully complete any of the Honors academic offerings listed above
earn an Honors notation for each course on their transcripts. Those who earn nine
(9) or more Honors credits will receive an
Honors Program notation in the Commencement Booklet; those who earn eighteen (18) or more Honors
credits, graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher, and have given significant
service to the college, will be acknowledged as members of the Presidential Scholars
Honors Program on their official transcripts, at the Annual Awards Ceremony and in
the Commencement Booklet.