Honors Transfer

A transfer"" 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, but also meet regularly with the Honors Counselors in the Transfer Center. 

Important: Honors Program completion is necessary but not sufficient for participation in our transfer partnerships. Additional GPA and major preparation requirements usually exist. This is true for our most popular transfer partners, UCLA and UC Irvine. We expect students seeking to participate in our UCLA partnership to have a UC-transferable GPA of at least 3.5, to have fulfilled "major preparation" courses for their course of study, and to demonstrate work toward the allowed alternate major that they - and only they - are allowed as Honors "TAP" students. We expect students seeking to participate in our UCI partnership to show a UC-transferable GPA of at least 3.4 and major preparation.

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, especially where audition is an admission requirement or admission to the discipline is limited for all transfers.

  • 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 explicit partnerships.

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.

Honors Program Transfer Partners