Honors at Onondaga fosters a culture of inquiry, imagination, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning by offering small seminar-style courses and by providing students with opportunities for independent learning and community engagement. The Honors program offers outstanding preparation for students planning to transfer 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 Cornell, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, NYU, and UC Berkeley.
All Honors designations appear on the official transcript and have the potential to increase marketability as a transfer student. Students enrolled in the Honors program gain access to priority registration, extended library privileges, and a designated space on campus for high-achieving students to study, relax, and socialize. Unique events and programs are offered specifically for students in the Honors program. Special Honors program cords are given to students who successfully complete the program and participate in the May graduation ceremony.
Honors at Onondaga Core Values
Civic Engagement: Students develop the knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to meaningfully contribute to the college and the civic life of their communities.
Inquiry and Analysis: Students draw informed conclusions based on the systematic collection and analysis of evidence.
Ethical Reasoning: Students analyze fundamental social, moral, and political issues and examine the ethical implications of their own behavior. Students will also develop the tools to more skillfully describe and evaluate diverse ethical perspectives.
Critical Thinking: Students develop the habit of making judgments about a variety of issues, arguments, ideas, and events based on in-depth investigation of relevant material.
Completion of the Honors minor requires at least 13 credits of Honors work (distribution described below) with no grade below B in those classes, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 upon graduation. Students must earn a degree or certificate to earn a minor. There are no restrictions on sequence, but it is highly recommended that the 13 Honors credits are distributed throughout a student’s time at Onondaga.
- At least 6 of the Honors credits must be in an Honors course or section
- The remaining 7 Honors credits may be selected from any combination of Honors classes and/or the completion of Honors contracts.
A student may apply to the Honors program as an entering freshman, a transfer student, or a current Onondaga Community College student.
To apply, entering freshmen must have:
- Applied to Onondaga following the standard admission procedures.
- Earned a minimum unweighted average of 90 as determined by the high school transcript.
- Submitted an application and two letters of recommendation to the Honors office.
Onondaga Community College students or transfer students may apply on the basis of:
- Completing at least 12 credits of college work.
- Earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
- Submitting an application and two letters of recommendation to the Honors office from faculty members familiar with the student’s academic abilities.
If you have met the requirements and would like to apply to the Honors program:
- Download the Honors application online or contact the Honors office for a paper copy.
- Return the completed application and two letters of recommendation to:
Onondaga Community College
Honors Program Office
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215-4585
Phone: (315) 498-2490