Montgomery College's Honors Program is a collegewide program for motivated students seeking exciting and academically rewarding experiences. It allows students to discover and develop their talents and interests through honors courses, seminars, independent study, internships, service-learning opportunities, and social and cultural activities. It features four special programs: Montgomery Scholars, The Scholars Circle, Macklin Business Institute, and Renaissance Scholars. 


Students have to meet one of the following criteria to become an MC Honors student:

  • Completion of at least 12 MC credits with a GPA of 3.2 or higher in transfer-level classes, including ENGL 101 or ENGL 101A 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 ENGL 102, as determined by the MC placement process, and a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, unweighted

Students who are applying from high school or who are new to the school should contact an honors counselor.

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Renaissance Scholars

This selective honors program features scholarship support, special advising, and the opportunity to earn college credit for a summer study/travel experience.

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Montgomery Scholars

Montgomery Scholars accepts 25 outstanding high school graduates each year. This academically challenging program offers a full tuition scholarship and combines a rigorous curriculum of honors courses, special advising, and an honors capstone research project.

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Macklin Business Institute

Macklin Business Institute (MBI) Honors Program offers experiential learning and internships in economics, statistics, and other core business courses, and includes a full-tuition scholarship. 

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The Scholars Circle

Designed for high-achieving students, The Scholars Circle allows students to design their own honors curriculum and provides special advising and activities.

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The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, a national organization of honors programs at two- and four-year colleges and universities, and the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council. Montgomery College is also a member of the Beacon Conference, a conference for student scholars at two-year colleges.

Honors Coursework Codes

  • Honors modules (HM suffix) – honors enriched coursework, paired with standard class section.
  • Honors sections of existing classes (HC suffix) – classes with all honors students for standard course offerings.
  • Honors independent study (HONR prefix) – student initiated independent research projects guided by faculty
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is the nation's largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students. Election to Phi Theta Kappa represents one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a student at Montgomery College. There are Phi Theta Kappa chapters on each of Montgomery College's campuses; students interested in becoming members should contact the Phi Theta Kappa adviser at the campus they attend or visit the Office of Student Life for information.

Honors Conferences
  • Maryland
  • Beacon
  • Northeast Regional
Scholarships and Internships

Students accepted into Montgomery Scholars and the Macklin Business Institute honors programs receive full tuition scholarships up to 30 credits per academic year. The MC Honors Program also offers a limited number of course scholarships (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)   each spring semester. In addition, our advisors assist students in applying for national scholarships including the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, and others.

MC Honors students are eligible for unique internship opportunities through the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, the Potomac Review, the Women's & Gender Studies Program, and more. Contact an honors advisor to learn more about scholarships and internships. 

Honors Transfer Agreements

Having challenged themselves, MC Honors students find bright futures ahead. MC Honors students have transferred to distinguished schools including Boston University, Cornell University, New York University, and many others. We also have an honors-to-honors transfer agreement with Dickinson College, meaning that MC Honors students to transfer to Dickinson as honors students.

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