You Pursue Excellence.
You Seek Challenges.
Give Yourself a Competitive Edge.

Join the Prestigious Foothill College Honors Institute.

Events Calendar
  • Honors Drop-In Counseling
    15-min max. appointments for honors students. Students will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.
    • Tuesday, November 15th, 1:30-3:00pm - Debra Lew
    • Wednesday, November 15th, 12:00-1:00pm - Lety Serna
    • Monday, Nov. 28th, from 12-1pm - Fatima Jinnah
    • Tuesday, Nov. 29th, from 1:30-2:30pm - Debra Lew
    • Wednesday, Nov. 30th, from 12:30-1:30pm - Fatima Jinnah
    • Tuesday, Dec. 13th, from 2-3pm - Debra Lew
    • Wednesday, Dec. 14th, from 12-1pm - Lety Serna
Workshop Schedule Fall 2016
  • UCLA TAP & UC Irvine Info Session: Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Toyon Room 2020
  • How to Apply to Selective Colleges: Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 1-2 p.m. in Toyon Room 2020
  • Enhance Your College Application: Internships and Extra-Curriculars: Thursday, Nov. 10 from 1-2 p.m. in Toyon Room 2020
  • Presenting Your Research at a Symposium: Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 1-2 p.m. in ADM 1943
Celebrity Forum 2016-17
  • George Takei – Actor and activist (Oct. 13 & 14)
  • Brian Greene – String theorist and author (Nov. 17 & 18)
  • Jay Leno – Comedian and former host of “The Tonight Show” (Jan. 19 & 20)
  • Fareed Zakaria – CNN host and weekly columnist (Feb. 28 & March 1)
  • Julia Gillard – First female Prime Minister of Australia (April 6 & 7)
  • Mitch Albom – Best selling author, sports journalist, screenwriter and musician (April 27 & 28)
  • Scott Kelly – Veteran astronaut and yearlong Space Station resident (May 18 & 19)

What We Offer
  • A dynamic educational curriculum. Honors isn't just about completing an extra assignment or two. Honors is about participating in stimulating discussions within a small group and with top-notch instructors who are experts in their field. It's about digging deeper, not skimming the surface. It's an experience you won't forget!

  • Specialized courses, special focus seminars, exposure to exciting cultural opportunities, and transfer scholarship opportunities. You are in good hands with the Honors Institute. Our very own counselors, faculty and staff will work with you every step of the way.

  • Increased chances of being accepted to UCLA's College of Letters and Sciences. Universities are looking for a few outstanding students who do more than the minimum and actively pursue our honors students. We are one of only a handful of northern California colleges participating in the prestigious UCLA T.A.P. (Transfer Alliance program). Fact: 70-95% of TAP students are admitted to UCLA versus 14-20% of all other transfer applicants.

But don't just take our word. Here's what students are saying...

"...I believe that the Honors Institute is the heart and soul of the scholastic experience for any dedicated student at Foothill College. Without the Honors institute, I doubt that I would be where I am, with practically a 4.0, a job as a Teacher's Assistant, a position as the head of two clubs, and a new love for learning and my future..."
Ellie Chambers (transferred to UC Berkeley)

"The Honors Institute is the best part of Foothill!"
Heidi Dunklegood (transferred to Mount Holyoke)


As a member of the Honors Institute, you can receive these benefits:

  • Outstanding faculty, selected for their special interest in working with Honors students
  • Discussions and projects that stimulate intellectual development
  • Honors Counselor

Plus, you'll have the opportunity to complete the Honors Scholar Program and become eligible for:

  • Priority admission consideration if applying to UCLA College of Letters and Science
  • $4000 or $7000 scholarship if transferring to CSU Stanislaus
  • Guaranteed admission to CSU East Bay and San Francisco State University
  • Priority admission consideration if applying to UC Irvine Honors Program; guaranteed housing

Honors Research Events

Each year the Bay Honors Consortium hosts its annual Honors Research Symposium alternating at either Stanford or UC Berkeley. The symposium provides an opportunity for community college honors students to present their original research and to have their work published in The Journal of the Bay Honors Consortium.


To qualify for the Honors Institute, students must satisfy each of the following requirements:

  1. Academic Performance.
    1. For continuing Foothill College students, demonstrate a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA in 10 or more units completed at Foothill College.
    2. For students with less than 10 units completed at Foothill College, provide evidence of one of the following:
      1. Minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA; or,
      2. Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA in 10 or more units completed at another regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Writing Proficiency.
    Honors courses typically require more writing than non-honors courses. Students are required to demonstrate the potential for successful completion of honors courses by providing evidence of one of the following:
    1. Foothill English Assessment Test results indicating eligibility for Honors ENGL 1AH; or,
    2. Completion of ENGL 1A or ENGL 1S & 1T or equivalent with a grade B or better.
  3. Personal Statement.
    On a separate sheet, using 150-200 words, please describe your interest in the Foothill College Honors Institute. Your statement should include what you hope to gain from your participation in the program as well as how you believe you will contribute to the program. Because honors courses are typically writing intensive, this statement should reflect appropriate writing skills. Remember that clear writing is the result of clear thinking.

Try An Honors Course Program!

Every quarter we will be giving non-honors students the opportunity to enroll in an Honors course without meeting full requirments . If you're interested, please contact us and we will tell you all about it.
* Dependent upon course availability and with completion of ESLL 26 or English 1A with a grade of B or better.

Learn more...

Applying to Honors


First, refer to our eligibility requirements to ensure you are eligible to join our program. If you meet all the requirements, skip to the next step. If you are unsure, email us at to determine your eligibility.

*Be sure to check out our Try An Honors Program Application if you do not meet the Honors Institute Requirements (located to the left of webpage under "Online Forms").


Submit a completed Honors Institute Application (located to the left of the webpage under "Online Forms"). Your application can be submitted via email, mail, or by dropping it off in person to us or our "drop box" located at the Foothill Campus in building 1900, room 1961.

Tips for completing application:

  • Be prepared to upload proof of your eligibility in PDF format if necessary
  • Be sure to fill out both sides of your application and sign it
  • You can upload your Personal Statement as an attachment or embed it into your email


Please allow 5-7 business days for your application to be reviewed. Note: we are closed the month of August. Once reviewed, you will receive an email either welcoming you into the program or explaining what requirements were not met.


Applications for Foothill's Honors Institute are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that you must be accepted to the program before you can enroll in an honors class.


  • The Honors Institute will be closed July 15 – August 16.
  • Applications received after 2:30pm on Thursday, July 14 will not be processed until August 17. 

Learn how to calculate your Grade Point Average

HONORS Institute Course Schedule

Fall 2016 PDF Print Version

Current and upcoming Honors course offerings:

Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017


*Schedule subject to change. Please check back for updates/changes or visit the online schedule for the lastest times and dates.

New courses are regularly added to the honors course list. Please check back often for updates.

In addition to the courses above, the following will be offered in Barcelona, Spain: ENGL 1AH, ENGL 1BH, ENGL 1CH

Contact Us!

Foothill College Honors Institute
Bernie Day, Director or
Rachel Solvason, Program Assistant

12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022-4599

We are located in 1961.
Call us at: (650) 949-7638

Contact us by email:

Honors Program

Summer Hours
M-Th: 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Closed: July 15 - August 17

Special Honors Institute Info and Sign-Up Event
July 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admin Bldg, Room 1960
Interested Students: Drop in to learn more about the honors program, submit your application and register for fall honors classes.
Please bring
your completed application, unofficial transcripts and test scores.

Online Forms
Application (Word)
Try An Honors App (Word)
Honors Scholars (Word)
Counseling Verification (Word)

acrobat imageNote: Most forms
are pdf format.