American Honors is a new, competitive Honors College offered in partnership with select community colleges.
Its curriculum is designed to prepare students for junior- and senior-level coursework at the best colleges and universities in the country. At the conclusion of the 2-year program, students will earn an Associate’s degree with Honors and will have the opportunity to apply for transfer to a top 4-year university to complete their Bachelor’s degree.
American Honors is a competitive program, with admissions rates comparable to selective 4-year colleges and universities. Recognizing that potential is reflected in many ways, we look holistically at academic, extracurricular, co-curricular, and work accomplishments when determining fit.
Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds—with preference given to applicants who have overcome major challenges through hard work, “grit,” and strength of character.
Our coursework* satisfies the rigorous general requirements of almost any major offered within a four-year Bachelor’s degree track. Students progress through an integrated sequence of classes focusing on English, Math, Science, and the Social Sciences, and with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, effective oral and written communication, teamwork, and leadership.
*American Honors courses are designed to adhere with the educational guidelines set forth by the National Collegiate Honors Council.
We work with talented two- and four-year faculty, led by a National Steering Committee, to design our curricula.
Our professors are experts in their fields who are excited to guide honors students in their pursuit of knowledge.
State-of-the-Art Digital Platform
Digital technology has transformed the way people communicate, interact, share, and relate. It is now pushing the boundaries of how students learn. American Honors has developed a state-of-the-art digital platform that is the hub of the learning experience. At scheduled class times, the platform becomes a virtual classroom, in which every student occupies a live video tile on screen.
With every student in a “front-row seat,” it is a virtual classroom that preserves the intimacy of a small seminar, while affording students the flexibility to attend class from any location with high-speed Internet.
We believe that when it comes to college, smaller is better. Our students benefit from small class sizes (18-20 students) and intimate peer groups in which to participate in academic discourse, build friendships, and hold each other to the highest standards. This is in contrast to many college environments where freshman courses can be quite large, and students can get lost in the shuffle.
American Honors students also have access to social events and networking activities designed exclusively for program participants.
Tailored Academic and Career Advising
Honors Advisors work with students from Day 1 to assess their goals and plan their academic futures—staying with them throughout their time at American Honors and beyond. In addition to helping students choose classes, explore four-year colleges, and complete transfer applications, advisors proactively assist in the identification of scholarships and financial aid opportunities.
In many traditional college programs, students can’t always get the courses they need due to limited space. At American Honors, we work with participants to ensure they are able to register for the appropriate courses—when they need them.
Our program can result in significant cost savings when compared to attending a four-year institution for the first two years. Additionally, many participants have the advantage of living close-to or at home—which can help reduce the costs of room and board.
Did you know?
Many college students end up paying extra dollars for courses unnecessary to satisfy major/program requirements—18 to 20 credits, on average. Our advisors work with participants to ensure they are taking only the credits needed to stay on their personal academic trajectories.