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Sam Draper Honors Program

Policies and Procedures

Rockland Community College offers a nationally-recognized honors program for highly motivated students. Students in the honors program have transferred to Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford, Yale, Cornell, Amherst, Brown, Columbia, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Vassar, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Swarthmore, Chicago, UCLA, and other outstanding colleges.

According to student’s expressed interests and academic talents, each entering student is paired with a carefully-selected faculty mentor. They meet regularly to assess the student’s goals and progress, plan the student’s courses and curriculum activities, and converse informally.

The requirements of the Sam Draper Honors Program include:

  • A minimum of eight honors courses
  • English 150: Theories and Practice of Research
  • An internship or study abroad program
  • Two laboratory science courses
  • Two semesters in a foreign language for liberal arts students whose academic emphasis is not science
  • Extracurricular activities (on-campus or off-campus) relating to the student’s academic program
  • A two-hour seminar on strategies for transferring to four-year colleges

Eligible students will have an 1100 SAT score and high school grades that are 90 or higher. An AA or AS Degree with Honors is awarded to Honors Program participants who complete all requirements and maintain at least a 3.5 academic average with no semester average below 3.2. The degree with honors is noted both on the student’s transcript and on the diploma.