Honors Transfer

Many four-year institutions, recognizing the quality of the Saddleback College Honors Program, offer preferred admission consideration or other benefits to students who earn the Honors Program Certificate. 


CSUF University Honors Program

CSU Fullerton
Honors Program


CSU Fullerton
Mihaylo Business
Honors Program

Chapman University



La Sierra University

Loyola Marymount University

Mills College Occidental College



Pomona College

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ucla2.jpg ulvlogo.png University of San Diego Whitman College

Whittier College


Our current transfer partners include the schools above. It is not possible to cover the details of each agreement, each of which has many pages of detail, in this space. For this, you must contact an Honors counselor in the Transfer Center.

Honors education matters to many other colleges and universities other than these, including all University of California campuses, whether or not there is an explicit partnership agreement. 
Especially important in California is the fact that participation in an honors program is one of the eight "comprehensive review factors" for transfer applicants to all University of California campuses, whether or not there is an explicit agreement such as those we have with UCI and UCLA. UC Berkeley is especially interested in students who have completed a community college honors program.

thumb_alert.jpg Honors Program completion in good standing
 is a necessary but not a sufficient condition
 for participation in these transfer partnerships.

A transferkeep-end-mind.gif plan is focused both
on where you want to transfer
and what your major will be

Honors transfer privileges vary
from school to school, and
may vary from major to major
within the same school.

Read the material below,
but also ask your Transfer
Center counselor for details.

Honors transfer privileges vary from school to school. 
All agreements specify some type of priority admission or transfer. Some schools, generally those that accept very few transfers at all, give only a preference to Honors Program students. Others offer benefits beyond admission, such as guaranteed or preferred acceptance into their own honors programs, or special opportunities for financial assistance. Some do not concern university admission but allow our students, if admitted, to be accepted also into the school's own honors program fully (as a junior). 

Honors transfer privileges vary by major within a school. 
For example, our agreement with UCLA is with its College of Letters and Science only. It does not apply to other UCLA schools, such as Art and Architecture, Nursing, Engineering and Applied Science, or Theater, Film and Television. 

  • Some majors require more and better preparation than others. 
    Correct major preparation is the single most important thing students can do to make themselves competitive for transfer.

  • Some majors require a higher GPA than others, and it can change without warning. 
    If a school or department receives an unexpectedly high number of transfer applications, that competition may push up the GPA they require. This is not something schools can reliably predict in advance, although many do try. Don't assume any GPA is "safe," and don't assume that what got a friend in last year will get you in the following year. (On the other hand, sometimes it does work the other way, and competition lessens in a year, but that won't be known in advance either.)

  • Some majors are always extremely competitive, even with Honors transfer privileges.
    Some require very high GPAs and flawless preparation for standing as an upper-division (junior) student in that field. Other may be competitive in some years, but not others.

  • Major preparation is decided by the transfer school and may change at any time.
    This is one of the many reasons for the Honors counseling requirement and for our policy that failure to work regularly with a Honors counselor may invalidate a student's eligibility for Honors transfer.

Information for colleges and universities other than UCLA College of Letters & Science and the UC Irvine Campuswide Honors Program is based on information provided by the Honors Transfer Council of California. The HTCC negotiates transfer agreements for its consortium of community college honors programs, to which Saddleback College belongs. Negotiations with new colleges and universities, and revision of current agreements, is a continual process. The list is accurate as of July 2015, according to that source. Our UCLA and UCI Campuswide Honors Program agreements are not related to HTCC membership.