A selective honors program that values more than just test scores.

An honors program within leading community colleges that takes a holistic approach to admissions. Prospective students must apply to both the American Honors program and a specific community college.

Application Form

Step 1:

Select a
Program Location

Step 2:

Apply to American Honors

Step 3:

Apply to the
2-Year College


Step 3 is for students who have not completed an application to the community college. Current community college students should be less than halfway through the completion of their associates degree to apply.

See the specific admissions details for each community college »

Questions? Talk to an Admissions Officer (888) 997-6335

Deadlines For 2017

American Honors practices rolling admissions, but has specific deadlines for when applications will be reviewed and given decisions. After the last application deadline, applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

There is no fee to apply to the American Honors program.

Application Requirements

Students will need the following information to complete the American Honors application. Your application will not be officially reviewed by the admissions committee until it is complete.

Required Information

  • Recent school contact information
  • Most recent transcript (unofficial copy is permissible)
  • Relevant test scores: SAT, ACT, college placement exams (Compass, Accuplacer, etc.), English-language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)  
  • List of extracurricular activities, volunteer work, current jobs
  • Personal statement

Optional Information

  • Additional essay to be considered for a scholarship
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental information for admissions (where you have the opportunity to explain poor grades, extenuating circumstances, etc.)

Ready To Apply?

Select a program location and start your application to American Honors.

Admissions Details by Location

Please view the Admissions page for each community college for location-specific requirements, tuition & fees, American Honors program pathways and more:

New Jersey
New Jersey

How American Honors Selects Students

We take a holistic admissions approach to identify high-potential students. This means we weigh both the competitive and compelling traits and consider academic, character, and situational attributes to determine if a student would be a good fit for the program.


Elizabeth F.

When application season rolled around, my advisors sat down with me one-on-one to brainstorm and revise essays. And all our hard work paid off! I was accepted to Stanford University with financial aid!

  • Students demonstrate high academic potential and the ability to engage in course material at a deeper level.
  • GPA higher than 3.0 or 90th percentile on the GED (in most cases)
  • Must be college ready in math & English as demonstrated by: standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, PSAT, AP, TOEFL, etc.) and/or transcripts
    • International students: English and ESL pathway programs are available at select locations
  • Took general education classes (Algebra II or higher)
  • Current community college students must have at least one-year of credits remaining to complete their associates degree


Robert S.

Robert grew up in New York in a low-income community and decided he couldn’t afford to go to college right after high school. Instead, he worked part-time jobs. Robert decided to return to school and enrolled in the American Honors program.

  • Students exhibit strength of character thought grit, hard work, collaboration, engagement and organization.
  • Determined and committed to earning their bachelor’s degree
  • Care about learning through academics and community engagement
  • Overcome significant obstacles and/or achieved success
  • Demonstrate a history of involvement community, with their families, at their jobs, or on a team


Jana S. (International)

Jana became interested in the intersection of medicine and social policy living in Hong Kong. Jana moved to the U.S. to study what she loves.

  • Students want or need an alternative pathway to earn a bachelor’s degree due to any of a variety of reasons:
  • Financial hardship
  • Need to stay close-to-home
  • Re-entering academia as an adult learner
  • Desire for more clarity in interests before attending a 4-year institution
  • Extenuating circumstances that impacted academic competitiveness