Prospective students

Trefny Honors students …..

Enjoy a challenge

Have wide ranging abilities and interests

Demonstrate high levels of academic achievement

Show an intrinsic motivation for learning

Have an interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering or math fields

APPLICATION FOR FALL 2018 ADMISSION

Regular admission period for Fall 2018: May 4 - September 7

You will have to create an account on academicworks using your student email, complete the general application and then apply it to the Honors opportunity.

 

SUMMER HONORS OPEN HOUSE

July 11, 12 - 2 pm

 

FALL

Tuesday, August 28

APPLYING FOR HONORS WORKSHOP

 12-1pm

HONORS OPEN HOUSE

1 - 3pm

Honors Student guide

Honors students will be a part of a dynamic, academic community of scholars. Coursework, field trips, workshops and research experiences will shape your academic experience at Red Rocks Community College. Prospective and current honors students can learn more about the program, including courses, procedures and FAQs, in the following Honors Guide

RRCC Honors Student Guide pdf icon

What is experiential learning?


Honors 2017-2019 Cohort Theme: “The Future of Water”

Program components are designed around a STEM focused theme. The theme is a “Wicked Problem” requiring interdisciplinary understanding. Water is an issue that affects all people on a local, regional and global level. We will be exploring many aspects of how the future of water on this planet is being shaped.

  • 1 in 10 people lack access to safe water
  • Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water
  • Lack of access to clean, safe drinking water and sanitation is a significant barrier for billions of people on this planet.
  • $260 billion is lost globally each year due to lack of access to safe water and sanitation.
  • Clean water is essential for economic progress and preventing death and disease.

For more information about these statistics, see water.org/water-crisis

Program admission requirements

Applicants will be selected based on a combination of admission criteria:

  • College/High school GPA 3.5 or above, or evidence of continuous improvement (submit unofficial transcripts)
  • Placement scores/Honors, IB, AP courses
  • Essay
  • Written Expression
  • Artistic Expression
  • Letters of Recommendation

Honors Scholar Graduation requirements

Maintain a 3.5 GPA once admitted to the program
Pass all HNR courses with an A or B
Professional presentation (poster presentation/panel discussion/professional conference)
Complete volunteer/service learning hours
Complete a minimum of 18 honors credit hours:

  • HNR 100 – 1 credit seminar
  • HNR 102 – 2 credits colloquium
  • HNR 202 – 2 credits colloquium
  • HNR 289 – variable 2-4 credits capstone
  • 9-13 additional honors option credits

Honors program FAQs

Is there a separate application for the Honors program or will the regular RRCC admissions application suffice?

Yes, as entry to the Honors program is competitive, a separate application form is required for admission.

Is there a separate application fee?

No, there is not an additional application fee for the Honors program.

Are there any additional fees for Honors classes?

Honors classes do not cost students more than non-honors classes.

Can college credits taken while in high school be used for my degree?

College credits taken in high school are accepted on a case by case basis.

Can transfer students enroll in the Honors?

Yes.

When are Honors courses offered?

Honors courses are currently offered only during the morning and afternoon. There are currently no Honors courses offered during evening hours.

How many honors courses are required to complete the Trefny Honors program?

There are seven Honors courses that must be completed. Degree completion is accomplished by taking other major-specific courses (in addition to the mandated honors courses) in subject areas where honors courses are not required.

Is the Honors curriculum compatible with all RRCC degree programs?

The Honors curriculum is compatible with all RRCC Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs. The Honors curriculum is not compatible with most Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees or any Certificate program at this time.

Are Honors courses weighted differently in the Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation?

No. Honors course grades are calculated in the same way as any other course grade towards GPA. Honors courses are designated with an “H” distinction on student transcripts.

Is there a deadline to apply to the Honors Program?

There are two deadlines: for early admission, the deadline is April 30st, for regular admission the deadline is September 1. 

Can I apply to the Honors Program for either the Fall or Spring semesters?

Students may only apply to the Honors Program for Fall acceptance. Honors HNR courses must be taken in sequential order.

Will I be expected to maintain a certain GPA while in the Honors Program?

Yes, Honors students will be expected to maintain a 3.5 GPA.

If I enroll in the Honors Program, can I transfer at any point?

The Honors program is intended for students who will spend two years at RRCC.  We understand however, that circumstances may cause students to leave before two years of study are completed. Any Honors coursework completed will be evident on your transcript.

What level of Math and English is required for admission into the Honors Program?

Applicants are encouraged to be at both the English Comp I and Algebra/Statistics-level for admission into the Honors Program.

What are the primary advantages of being a member of the Trefny Honors Program?

As a member of the Honors Program, the most distinct advantage you will have is the ability to transfer to selective colleges and universities.  You will receive scholarships and be eligible for additional funding opportunities. You will also have special advising and enjoy being in classes with other highly motivated students.  Honors students will also have the opportunity to serve in campus student leadership positions and partake in extracurricular art and cultural experiences.

What makes an Honors course different from regular courses?

While students in regular classes read almost entirely from a textbook, Honors students read a variety of sources beyond the textbook; as a result, Honors class discussions explore a wider range of perspectives. Honors classes incorporate experiential and active learning. Honors writing and research assignments are more sophisticated than those in non-Honors classes. This is because class sizes will be limited and because students will be selected on their record of successful academic work and high achievement.

How large will my honors classes be in the Honors Program?

Honors classes will never exceed 25 students and in many cases may have significantly fewer students.

Can I take an Honors section of a course if I am not in Honors?

Yes! Honors sections will have an H in the section number. There are at least three offered each semester and this is a great way to try out Honors or just take a deeper dive into a subject you love.