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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Honors Institute?

The Honors Institute was established by Collin College as a student service to recognize high-achievement in academics and foster intellectual growth through specially designed classes. Students with a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA may join the Honors Institute by registering for at least ONE honors designated course for the semester. Honors Institute privileges are extended to students registered in honors courses for the semester; students need to register for at least ONE honors course per semester to enjoy Honors Institute privileges such as use of the honors lab with free printing, free blue books, and free scantrons.

How do I join the Honors Institute?

Currently, you may join the Honors Institute semester to semester by registering for at least one honors designated course.

Do honors courses cost more than regular Collin College courses?

No. Registration fees are the same.

Do I have to take honors courses to be an Honors Student?

Honors designation is granted to any student who maintains a 3.5 or higher GPA. You do not have to take an honors course to be designated as honors on your transcripts, but honors designation does not automatically grant you Honors Institute privileges. You may be granted access to the Honors Lab at the discretion of the Campus Director of the Honors Institute at your campus.

What are the benefits of taking an honors course/joining the Honors Institute?

Here are some of the highlights, but this is by no means a complete list...

  • Honors Institute exclusive scholarships (designated on the Collin College Foundation applications that come out in October and March)
  • Honors courses are specifically designated on your transcripts
  • Honors recognition at commencement
  • Specially designed courses with smaller class sizes (15-18 students compared to 25 or more in a regular class)
  • Exclusive use of the campus Honors Lab featuring free printing for the semester
  • Free Scantrons and Blue Books for all of your classes for the semester

Additionally, the Honors Institute frequently sponsors campus events for honors students in conjunction with other student organizations.

Are honors courses harder than regular courses? Why would I take a harder course and risk ruining my GPA?

There is a common misconception about honors courses not only at Collin College but at most colleges and universities. Students tend to think that honors courses are designed to be harder. This is simply not the case. Your GPA shows that you are already bright and capable of "doing the work", so your honors professors do not feel the need to have you prove that you are an honors student by giving you loads of work. Instead, our goal is to foster your intellectual curiosity by challenging your expectations of what a college course should look like and how it should be conducted.

How can taking honors courses/being part of the Honors Institute assist my transfer to four-year college or university?

Here are a few things to keep in mind...

  • Honors courses are designated as such on your transcripts so that your transfer school can see that you took a different type of course
  • Many local colleges and universities accept our Honors Institute students into their honors programs
  • Colleges and universities nationwide recognize the rigors of our honors program at Collin College
  • Each Campus Honors Director is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council meaning they often have direct contact with representatives of schools across the nation
  • Simply choosing to challenge yourself by taking honors courses shows potential transfer schools that you are serious about your educational pursuits

If you have any other questions, be sure to stop by and talk with your Campus Director of the Honors Institute!

And... Register for an Honors Course!!