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. 

Completion of the Honors Program is necessary but not sufficient  for participating in Honors Transfer.

Transfer privileges vary from school to school. All agreements specify some type of priority admission or transfer. Some schools, generally those who 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, such as our agreements with CSUF and SDSU, do not affect university admission but enable our students, once admitted, to be accepted also into the University Honors Program in advanced standing. 

Transfer privileges also 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, requiring 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. Also, major requirements may change! 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.

Our transfer partners currently include the schools below. 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. This page does, however, seek to serve as a gateway through which you can explore our partners' campuses and programs.


Azusa Pacific University


Mills College


UC Irvine

Chapman University


Occidental College

UCLA College of Letters and Science TAP Program


CSUF University Honors Program






University of San Diego

La Sierra University

Pomona College


Whitman College

Loyola Marymount University

SDSU University Honors Program


Whittier College

Honors program participation 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.


Information for colleges and universities other than UCLA 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 October 2013, according to that source.