The program usually receives about 95-100 applications for Fall Admission each year; we admit 85-90 students; and generally 75-80 start the program each year.
No. How you plan your schedule and whether you enroll in Honors versions of courses each semester is a decision you make in conjunction with your Counselor and on your overall educational plan. Some HTP students taken 24 units of Honors courses before they transfer; some students who enroll in the program never end up taking an Honors course. The requirement to remain in the Honors Program is maintaining a 3.3 GPA in all your transfer-level courses. (Students for whom any administrative disciplinary action is taken may also be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the Director and the Lead Faculty.)
It is not required that you take a specific number of units of Honors courses. However, if you do take 15 units of Honors courses in your time at Cabrillo (considered "completion of the program"), and maintain a 3.4 GPA in your transfer-level courses, you will earn the status of "Honors Scholar", which will be reflected on your official transcript. You will also be honored in a pinning ceremony at graduation before you transfer. Many universities give scholarships, admission priority and other benefits to our Honors Scholars (http://htcca.org/directors-counselors-faculty/transfer-agreements/); and more and more HTP students are seeing the benefits of achieving this status. However, you should speak with your Counselor about how the honors versions of courses fit into your educational plan as part of your overall goals.
The 15 unit completion with a 3.4 GPA also meet the requirement for UCLA TAP Certification (Transfer Alliance Program) for priority admission into UCLA College of Letters and Sciences. See this link: http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/honors/ucla-tap.html
To establish Honors Scholar status, you submit the Honors Scholar Designation application to the Honors Director in your last semester at Cabrillo. The application is available at the cabrillohonors.org website here http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/honors/scholar.html
You must maintain a 3.4 transferable GPA, and only 6 units of the 15 may be from the "designated courses," i.e. courses which do not have an "H" after them (high level PHYS, MATH, CHEM, ENGR and ENGL 46AB, SPAN 25 and 26) see Designated Honors Scholar Application for the current list.
You need to maintain a 3.3 overall GPA in your transfer-level courses to remain in the Honors Transfer Program. If you find you are struggling in any of your courses, see an Honors or other Counselor as soon as possible for advising. You may decide to NOT take an honors course the following semester.
You may repeat a course in which you received a substandard grade (NP, D or F) and if you achieve a passing grade on the 2nd attempt, your substandard grade will be replaced on your transcript with the new grade. New repeatability standards allow you to register for (take) a course only 3 times, and a "W", NP, or a grade each count as a "take".
The requirements to be certified for UCLA TAP are the same as for the Honors Scholar designation: at least 15 units of honors courses (6 units of which may be the Honors Designated courses*) and a 3.4 (UC transferable) GPA. When you apply to UCLA in the Fall, there is a place on the application to indicate you will be seeking TAP certification. However, even if you don't check this box, the Honors Director will be notified from UCLA in January of all students who have applied to UCLA, and will contact you to come in and sign the TAP certification form.
Students from Cabrillo who apply to UCLA and are TAP certified more than double there chances of being admitted to majors in the College of Letters and Sciences.
The benefits of being TAP certified are a boost in admissions consideration for your 1st choice of major in the College of Letters & Sciences at UCLA. Also, if, even with the boost, you do not get admitted to your 1st choice major, UCLA will look at your alternate major for admission. This alternate major cannot be an impacted major and you must have all the major preparation completed.
*Note: as of Fall, 2013, UCLA TAP prefers that all courses used for TAP certification have the "H" in their course number. If UCLA TAP is your primary goal, please be careful when choosing your honors courses – see a Counselor.
If you are transferring to a CSU or UC, you DEFINITELY want to have your general education (CSU or IGETC) certified by Cabrillo. This Certification will be noted on your final transcript and sent directly to the university - making it official. Read the info at this link:
You request your Official Final General Education Certified transcript via WebAdvisor - "Order Official Transcripts".
If you are receiving an AA or AS degree, in WebAdvisor transcript request, you will choose to "hold (the transcript) for Degree" - so that your official transcript states your awarded degree. Once your Spring grades and degree awarded are posted to your transcript, Cabrillo will send the Final Official GE Certified Transcript directly to
If you are NOT receiving a degree (allowing you to request "hold for degree", which will also automatically also hold until your grades are posted), you must do the following: