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.
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. However, you should be aware of these important considerations:
Honors Program Completion is necessary but not sufficient for participating in Honors Transfer.
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 from major to major, even 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 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.
Honors education matters to many other colleges and universities other than these.
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.
Information for colleges and universities other than UCLA and UC Irvine 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 November 2014, according to that source.