Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) educates and empowers all of its students by providing environments for intellectual and creative development. Students take an active role in their education. They examine not only what they are taught but also how they receive, create, and share ideas with others. The College Honors Program (CHP) serves students who want and need a learning environment that is enriched with even greater academic and creative challenges, and who will work and learn with students seeking similar experiences.
WHAT IS THE COLLEGE HONORS PROGRAM?
First, some background:
To complete their General Education requirements, all MMC students need to take at least one course from each of the following categories:
DS1 (Studies in Creative Expression)
DS2 (Studies in Literature and Language)
DS3 (Studies in Natural Science and Math)
DS4 (Studies in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies)
DS5 (Studies in Social Science, Business, and History)
Advanced Interdisciplinary Perspectives
CP (Cultural Perspectives)
EP (Ethical Perspectives)
IP (International Perspectives)
NP (Natural Science Perspectives)
US (U.S. Perspectives)
The designation “CHP” is used to identify honors courses housed within the General Education curriculum. Certain General Education courses are designated as “CHP” sections. For example, a standard section of Introduction to Ethics is designated PHIL 103-01; a CHP version is designated PHIL 103-HP01, with “HP” standing for Honors Program. Both courses fulfill the requirement to take one General Education course in “Studies in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies,” or Disciplinary Studies 4 (DS 4).
By comparison to standard courses, the work required of students in CHP courses is more academically and/or creatively demanding, and class sizes are generally smaller.
CHP students take six (6) of their eleven (11) General Education courses in designated CHP sections. Students entering the CHP in the first semester of their Junior year—the last opportunity to enter—also take six (6) CHP courses. Up to two (2) honors courses from a previous institution may be counted toward their overall CHP requirements.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR ACCEPTANCE INTO THE CHP?
Incoming first-year students may be accepted into the CHP on the basis of their high school grades and SAT or ACT scores. Students qualify with a minimum combined SAT score of 1200. The Critical Reading or Math score may not be lower than 500. Or, they must have achieved a minimum ACT score of 26 in English and a minimum ACT score of 26 in Math. They must also have achieved a minimum academic GPA of 3.5 in high school.
I AM AN INCOMING, FIRST-YEAR STUDENT. HOW DO I APPLY TO THE CHP?
- Complete the MMC or Common Application and submit required transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores.
- All students are considered for the CHP at the time of their application.
- Qualified students will receive an acceptance package and invitation to join the CHP.
- Completed applications are due 1 March.
- Notification of decision is no later than 1 April.
- Students invited into the CHP must notify MMC of their decision to join the program no later than 1 May.
HOW DO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS OR SOPHOMORES AT MMC APPLY FOR ENTRANCE INTO THE CHP?
First-year students and sophomore with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are invited to join the CHP and to take CHP courses. Please contact Prof. Bell (see below) if you would like to join the program. Please also consider whether or not you can reasonably fit six (6) CHP sections into your future academic program at MMC.
I AM A TRANSFER STUDENT. CAN I JOIN THE CHP?
Transfer students entering MMC with a GPA of 3.5 or higher qualify for admission to the CHP. Up to two (2) honors-level courses completed at the previous college may be considered toward CHP credits.
- Completed applications are due 1 June.
- Notification of decision is no later than 1 July.
- Students invited into the CHP must notify MMC of their decision to join the program no later than 1 August.
I AM A JUNIOR. CAN I JOIN THE CHP?
Juniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may apply in their Fall semester only. They must begin the CHP no later than the Spring semester of their Junior year. Again, consider whether or not you can fit six (6) CHP sections into your academic program at MMC.
I AM A SENIOR. CAN I JOIN THE CHP?
No student may enter the CHP in their Senior year.
I HAVE ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CREDITS FROM HIGH SCHOOL / CREDITS FROM MY PREVIOUS COLLEGE. CAN I USE THEM TOWARDS MY CHP REQUIREMENTS?
Students may not use AP credits from high school toward their CHP requirements.
Honors courses from a previous college may be used toward CHP credit. In such cases, students should provide Prof. Bell with a copy of the syllabus of the honors course and make an appointment to discuss the issue with her.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CHP ONCE I AM ACCEPTED?
All CHP students must maintain a passing grade in all CHP courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.50 to remain in the program.
CHP students whose GPA has fallen between 3.0 and 3.5 will be placed on academic probation. In this case, they will not be permitted to enroll in CHP sections until their work at the College improves to or exceeds the CHP standard. Students whose GPA has fallen below 3.0 will be dropped from the CHP. Permission to re-enter the CHP remains at the discretion of the CHP Committee.
No student may re-enter the CHP more than once.
All CHP students must have completed at least two (2) CHP sections by the time they begin their 76th hour toward the completion of their degree. Students who have not fulfilled this requirement will be dropped from the CHP and not permitted to re-enter.
All CHP students must adhere to the Academic Standards and Codes of Conduct outlined in the Student Handbook. Failure to adhere to these Standards and Codes will result in permanent dismissal from the CHP.
DOES WRITING 201 COUNT AS A CHP COURSE?
Writing 201: Advanced Writing Seminar counts as a CHP course.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING THE CHP?
In the CHP, you will participate in courses with requirements that are more challenging than those in standard courses.
You will work with fellow high-achieving students who share your goals and ambitions.
Your classes will be smaller, with an average size of 10 students.
You will be invited to create, participate in, and attend various extramural activities at the College, including lectures, symposia, performances, and demonstrations.
IS THERE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR JOINING THE CHP?
No, CHP courses cost the same as standard courses.
WHO DETERMINES THE NATURE OF CHP COURSES?
Professors teaching CHP courses determine the nature of their courses and syllabi. The first time a professor teaches a CHP course, the syllabus for that course is submitted to the CHP Committee to review to ensure a consistent standard for all courses within the program.
WILL I BE IDENTIFIED AS A COLLEGE HONORS PROGRAM STUDENT?
Yes, and this designation will benefit your applications for study abroad, fellowships and grants, and graduate study, as it signals your commitment to an especially high level of academic and/or creative achievement.
Upon graduation, students who have successfully completed all of their CHP requirements have “Graduate, College Honors Program” recorded on their transcript; the designation also accompanies their name in the Commencement program.
Note that the designation “Graduate, College Honors Program” is independent of the decision to grant graduating students the honors Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude, which are determined solely on the basis of the student’s GPA, or to grant Honors in the student’s major field of study.
can I take a CHP section even if i am not a member of the chp?
Yes. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above who are not in the CHP may petition the CHP Director to join CHP sections. Please email Prof. Bell. If approved and if there is room in the course after CHP students have registered, you will take a signed Waiver of Pre-requisite to CSS and then register online for the CHP section.
I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS. WHAT DO I DO?
For help with additional questions, contact:
Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell
Associate Professor of Art History
Director, College Honors Program
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Professor Michael Salmon
Dean of Academic Advisement
If you are an incoming student, please contact:
Mr. Jim Rogers
Dean of Admission
The College Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council.