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. 

htcclogo_0.pngEach college or university logo below will take you to a page with more information about that institution. If the partnership exists because of our membership in the Honors Transfer Council of California, you will be taken to the HTCC page for that school. From there, you can explore both the school and the details of the partnership agreement. 

Partner Colleges and Universities:


 Chapman University




Loyola Marymount University

 Mills College

Occidental College


Pomona College




UC Irvine



Whitman College

Whittier College


Partner Honors Programs:

These are agreements with honors programs within universities, not with the universities themselves. They come into effect if and only if a student is accepted to the university.

CSUF University Honors Program 
Honors Program

Honors Program




  Honors Program completion 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.
Different schools will often require different preparation for the same major.

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

Read the material below to get an overview, 
also meet regularly with the Honors Counselors in the Transfer Center. 

Honors transfer privileges vary from school to school.

All agreements specify some type of benefit to Honors Program students. In many, students meeting the GPA and major standards are given priority acceptance consideration. Some schools, generally those that accept very few transfers at all, give a preference to Honors Program students as well as a recognition of Honors Program completion as evidence of academic rigor when evaluating transcripts.

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 the UCLA College only. It does not apply to specialty 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 need to do.

  • 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. Don't assume any GPA is "safe."

  • 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). Your Transfer Center Honors Counselor will help prepare you and explore alternatives.

  • 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 that students meet with their Transfer Center Honors Counselor once per semester.

Honors matters, even without a partnership.

Colleges and universities other than these, including all University of California campuses, also consider the value of honors coursework in their evaluations. 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.

One more thing, and it may be the most important thing: After you transfer, you'll find that your Saddleback College Honors Program courses gave you a strong preparation for university work at the upper-division level and beyond.

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 partnership list above is valid as of November 2015.