The CF Honors Institute offers exceptionally able students the challenge and opportunity to enhance their academic talents and careers. Through its curriculum of enriched studies, the institute emphasizes three goals: to recognize excellence in scholarship, to reward distinguished achievement, and to direct intellectual curiosity toward continued accomplishment.
The Honors Institute focuses attention on these areas of study: language and literature, humanities, history, science, social sciences, mathematics and technology.
In addition to the courses listed below, SLS 2261 - Leadership Development is required for all Track I participants.
All highly motivated students who plan to work toward an Associate in Arts degree from CF should seek admission to the Honors Institute. The following guidelines are used to identify those students who should benefit most from enriched studies in the honors program. It should be noted, however, that no single criterion in the following list is absolute: i.e., a SAT score of 1,050 might prove acceptable for a student with demonstrated successes in other areas.
- a composite score of 25 on the ACT or a total of 1,100 on the SAT
- a high school grade point average of at least 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or ranking in the top 10 percent of their graduating class
- a minimum 3.3 grade point average at CF
- outstanding scores on CF placement tests, such as the ACT, SAT and/or PERT and demonstration of special talents or abilities through portfolios, projects, papers, awards, auditions, etc.
The institute issues formal invitations to graduating high school seniors meeting selective admission requirements. The two-year program requires completion of 18 credit hours in honors courses while maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3. A limited number of full-tuition scholarships are awarded yearly.
The Honors Institute invites outstanding CF scholars into a second track, designed to include students who did not articulate directly into the honors program from high school. These students must earn a minimum of 12 honors credits. Track 2 students may be eligible for partial tuition scholarships pending academic performance.