About Honors, Program
Description and Eligibility
Overview

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:

  1. All-Honors sections of regular courses.
  2. Non-Honors courses that contain an Honors Enrichment Component for students who opt to do extra work.
  3. Honors Contracts-independent research projects done by individual students under the supervision of a professor in a non-Honors course.
  4. 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:

CURRENT STUDENTS

Day or evening, full-time or part-time students with a 3.2 GPA or higher (based on 12+ credits), and have passed all developmental courses, earned a grade of B or higher in English 12 or English 24, are eligible to participate in the Honors Program.

FRESHMAN

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 developmental courses, are eligible to participate in the Honors Program.

FRESHMAN FROM COLLEGE NOW

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%, combined SAT score of 950, and have passed all developmental courses are eligible to participate in the Honors Program.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transferring students with a 3.2 GPA or higher (based on 12+ credits), and have passed all developmental courses, will be allowed to participate in the Honors Program upon presentation of their transcripts to the Honors Program Director. 

NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS

Transferring students with a 3.2 GPA or higher (based on 12+ credits), and have passed all developmental courses, will be allowed to participate in the Honors Program upon presentation of their transcripts to the Honors Program Director.

GED/TASC STUDENTS

Entering students that have passed all developmental courses and received GED/TASC Distinguished Achievement in Reading & Writing 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.