Certificate-Track Good Standing

The Benefits of Good Standing

The challenges of being an Honors Program student include meeting a higher standard of academic performance, accepting rigorous coursework, and contributing to service work beyond that required for an ordinary A.A. or A.S. degree. "Why take on those challenges?" is an important question students must answer for themselves. Many of the challenges themselves are enjoyable to a significant number of students. Others accept the challenges in order to qualify for the benefits.

The benefits of good standing as a Certificate-Track Student in the Honors Program include:

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  • Priority registration* 

  • Free UC Irvine and UCLA library cards;

  • Dedicated transfer counseling with longer appointments;

  • Eligibility for special scholarships and awards;

  • Special recognition at graduation;

  • Special preparation for upper-division work;

  • Transcript notation not only for each Honors Program course taken, but also for Program completion;

  • Priority, preferred, or other special admissions consideration to Honors Program transfer partner colleges and universities;

  • Opportunities for mentorship in research presentations at honors conferences; and, most fundamentally,

  • Challenging and enjoyable academic experiences.

*California Education Code places limits on priority registration. The main issues for new Honors students are completion of matriculation and advisement requirements. For details, see 
http://www.saddleback.edu/admissions/registration-appointment-priority. Regardless of matriculation or other status, Saddleback students concurrently enrolled in a K-12 institution are not eligible for priority registration.

The Requirements for Maintaining Good Standing

To be in "good standing," Certificate-Track Honors students must

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  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 over all UC-transferable courses and finish with a GPA of at least 3.2 in Honors courses.

  • Commit no acts of academic dishonesty or other violations of the Saddleback College Student Code of Conduct.

  • Meet with a Transfer Center counselor at least once per semester.

  • Make reasonable progress (as determined in consultation with an Honors counselor) toward Program completion. Usually, this equates to at least one Honors class every semester.

  • Engage in community service, school service, or leadership activity, every semester unless for extenuating circumstances you are excused from this requirement.

  • Make reasonable progress (as determined in consultation with a Transfer Center counselor) toward completing academic goals such as major preparation and fulfillment of Honors Program core and elective requirements.

  • In dealing with the Honors Program Office and the Transfer Center, keep all appointments, update contact information as needed and complete correspondence in a timely fashion, meeting deadlines.


Certificate-Track Probation

Students who have been admitted as Certificate-Track students but fall out of good standing are still Certificate-Track Honors Students.

Students in this category

  • retain their eligibility for Transfer Center counseling,

  • are welcome in all Honors classes,

  • are not eligible for Honors priority 

  • are not eligible for Honors transfer certification, but must continue to see a Transfer Center counselor each semester so that -- when good standing is again achieved -- the transfer certification can go forward

  • will not receive transcript or certificate recognition for Program completion until they return to good standing, but will receive Honors credit for all such courses on their transcripts.

Honors Probation is not noted on transcripts and does not appear on any academic record outside the Honors Program Office. 

The Honors Program’s goal for its students on Honors Probation is their eventual return to Good Standing, and we seek to facilitate that wherever possible. Reinstated students regain all rights and privileges of Certificate-Track status.



Students whose enrollments indicate no intent to complete the Program, those who commit acts of academic dishonesty, and those who otherwise violate the Saddleback College Student Code of Conduct may be permanently removed from Certificate-Track status.

Students who have been removed from Certificate-Track status retain only their eligibility to enroll in Honors classes and earn Honors credit for all such courses on their transcripts.