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About the Honors Program

The Onondaga Community College Honors Program welcomes qualified students who have a desire to explore their studies in greater depth. The Honors community fosters a culture of inquiry, imagination, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning in which both independent study and community engagement are encouraged.

The Honors Program is outstanding preparation for students planning to transfer their academic credits to a four-year institution upon graduation. Some of our students have gone on to attend some of the most prestigious schools in the country, including Berkeley, NYU, Cornell, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, RIT, and American University. To participate in the Honors Program at Onondaga Community College you will need to apply and be accepted.  

Honors Program Application Requirements

A Student may apply to the Honors Program as an entering freshman, a transfer student, or a current Onondaga Community College student.
Entering freshmen must have:

  • a minimum average of 90 as determined by your high school transcript 
  • two letters of recommendation.

Onondaga Community College students or transfer students may apply on the basis of:

  • completing at least 12 credits of college work
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 
  • two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your academic abilities.

If your most recent college experience includes at least 12 credits at Onondaga within the past two years, you may request that only your Onondaga record be taken into account.

If you wish to earn an Honors Minor you must apply by submitting the following information and be accepted.

  1. Honors Program Application 
  2. Two letters of recommendation from instructors familiar with your academic work.

Return the completed application and have your two letters of recommendation sent to:

Jacqueline Barstow
Onondaga Community College
Honors Office, Coulter 204
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215-4585
315 498-2490

Honors Minor Requirements

The Honors minor requires completing a minimum of 13 credits of Honors work (described below) with no grade below B in those courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 upon graduation. There are no restrictions on course sequence, but you are advised to distribute your 13 Honors credits throughout your semesters at Onondaga. The 13 Honors credits consist of the following:

  • 6 Honors classroom credits. These may be made up of any Honors designated sections or Honors courses.
  • The remaining 7 Honors credits may be fulfilled by completing any combination of Honors courses, Honors designated sections, or Honors Contracts.

Honors Program Information and Advising

A student may meet at any time with the Honors Program Coordinator to discuss the Honors Minor requirements. Honors students will be assigned an academic advisor in their own areas of study who are also familiar with the Honors Minor.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the official honor society for two-year colleges. The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is two-fold: to recognize and encourage the academic achievements of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service.

Onondaga Community College's chapter is Alpha Sigma Zeta. The chapter is student-run with student officers and a student leadership team. To be eligible for a Phi Theta Kappa membership invitation, a student must be matriculated, have completed 12 credit hours at Onondaga Community College, and earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 here.

Invitations are sent each fall and spring to eligible students inviting them to join. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible for membership. Students coming into the Honors Program directly from high school are invited to participate in the Alpha Sigma Zeta chapter on a provisional basis when they have not yet completed 12 credit hours at Onondaga Community College.

Although membership in Phi Theta Kappa is independent of participation in the Honors Program, Honors Program students are typically members.