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Montgomery College students interested in receiving an Honors education have several options, which include the General Honors Program and several specialty Honors Programs which function as learning communities and require separate admission.  Honors offerings are varied and include honors seminars, honors sections of existing courses, independent study/tutorials, and honors modules. The offerings on each campus differ based on faculty interests and the number of students participating in the Honors Program.  

General  Honors Program
The General Honors Program is a college-wide program designed for the high achieving student. The Honors Program requires that participating students complete a minimum of 15 honors credits distributed among at least three different disciplines (for example arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences) in a minimum of two semesters. Students must maintain a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average to degree completion or transfer point to remain in the program and to receive the Honors Program designation on their transcripts. If the cumulative GPA drops below 3.20, the student will be put on honors probation, and is no longer eligible to enroll in any Honors classes until their cumulative GPA is raised to 3.20 or higher. During this probation period, the student will contact the campus Honors coordinator and work with a counselor to set up an intervention plan to bring the cumulative GPA to a 3.20 or higher. 

Applicants must meet one or more of the following entry requirements:

  • Completion of at least 12 MC credits with > 3.2 GPA in transfer-level classes, including ENGL101or ENGL101A with a grade of A or B.
  • SAT scores of 600 on each section and a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, unweighted.
  • Eligibility for ENGL102, as determined by the MC placement process, and a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, unweighted
  • Acceptance into one of the special honors programs described below.
  • Exception by permission of the Campus Honors Coordinator based on demonstration of past academic excellence.

Honors Program students receive special advising opportunities including schedule, scholarship, and transfer counseling. They can also participate in several special activities set up for honors students such as clubs, honors colloquia, honors conferences, and theatre performances.

Admission to the Honors Program requires a separate applications (pdf).

For more information, contact the Honors Coordinator on your campus. (make the red a link to the “Contact us” page and change the color back)

Students who do not enroll in the Honors Program but wish to take honors classes must meet Honors Program eligibility requirements.

Special Honors Programs

Admission to any special honors program includes admission to the General Honors Program.

Macklin Business Institute 
The Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute is a competitive collegewide program offering business students an opportunity to pursue honors work in business, economics, and accounting.  Students are mentored by both a faculty member and a corporate executive, and participate in a business internship and weekly honors seminar. The program is housed at the Rockville campus.  For more information, visit the program web site or contact Mr. Steve Lang (240-567-5039;

Montgomery Scholars
The Montgomery Scholars Program is a selective-admissions program that only accepts applications from students currently enrolled in their final year of high school.  Montgomery Scholars participate in an academically rigorous curriculum of honors courses, including team-taught, interdisciplinary classes especially designed for the program.  The program is housed at the Rockville campus.
For more information, visit the program website or contact Dr. Mary Furgol (240-567-7285;

Renaissance Scholars
The Renaissance Scholars Program is designed to accommodate the needs of both part-time and full-time high achieving students interested in a challenging curriculum while they acquire courses needed for their associate's degree and beyond. The core of the program consists of team-taught, interdisciplinary pairs of courses that are offered in the evenings and on weekends. This program is offered at both the Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses.

For more information, visit the program website or contact Professor Joan Naake at the Germantown Campus or Professor Carole Wolin at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Additional Opportunities for High Achieving Montgomery College Students

Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappais the international honor society for students at two-year colleges. To be considered for election to Phi Theta Kappa, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 for at least 15 credit hours of college level course work at Montgomery College. A cumulative grade point average of 3.40 is required to maintain membership.

For more information, contact one of the following representatives:  Professor Sue Adler at the Rockville Campus, Professor Brian Baick at the Rockville Campus, Dr. Lucy Laufe at the Germantown Campus, or Professor Jim Walters at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Paul Peck Humanities Institute Internships
The Paul Peck Humanities Institute internship program enables Montgomery College students to participate in professional museum and library activities at the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Student interns earn 3 Honors credits for the semester and work under the mentorship of a researcher, curator, or project director.  For more information, visit the PPHI website or contact Professor Bette Petrides at or Professor Sara Ducey at

Potomac Review Internships
The Potomac Review internship involves working with the editor and managing editor on a variety of editorial tasks in the publication of the Potomac Review literary magazine.  Students who have completed creative writing coursework at Montgomery College and meet Honors Program eligibility requirements may apply for this opportunity.  For more information, visit the Potomac Review website or contact Professor Julie Wakeman-Linn, Editor-in-Chief at 

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