Honors Program


The Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP) at BCC offers tremendous opportunities now, and in the future, for highly motivated students looking to challenge themselves intellectually.

CHP allows you, no matter what your discipline or program, to create customized experiences that meet your own interests and needs. By working one-on-one with faculty, Honors will help you craft intellectually stimulating experiences and projects that point towards future goals. These mentor relationships can enhance your experience at the College and make yourself a more attractive candidate for transfer to selective four-year institutions.

If you choose to complete the program requirements and graduate as Commonwealth Honors Scholars, you are guaranteed admission to the Commonwealth Honors Programs at any Massachusetts public college or university. Honors students are not required to complete these graduation requirements, however, and may participate in a choice of experiences. 

The CHP offers four different types of experiences:

  • The Honors Course is an enhanced section of a general education course. These vary by semester and location.
  • The Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar is only open to students in the CHP.
  • The Honors Component Course is a regular BCC course in which the CHP student works with the instructor of the course to design enriched personalized experiences that earn the student honors credit for the course.
  • The Culminating Honors Project is a one-credit honors project required of all CHP students to graduate as a Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar. It is directed by a faculty member and involves independent research. It could grow out of an honors course, or be developed separately. Students are encouraged to present their projects publicly at BCC and/or at conferences.

Other opportunities for students in the CHP:

  • Attendance at academic workshops and cultural events
  • Participation with others in community service
  • Participation in the CHP Advisory Board (with CHP faculty reference)

Admission to the Program


Some students enter the program immediately out of high school. Others are returning students who have been away from high school for some time, or who discover their excellent academic abilities while at BCC. You must meet at least one of the following requirements, depending on your situation. Please email the Director for an application

  • Current BCC student with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA with at least 12 college-level BCC credits, or
  • High school graduate within five years of high school graduation: Minimum combined SAT score of 1700 or ACT score of 24, or
  • High school graduate within one year after high school graduation: graduate in the top 20 percent of high school class, or
  • Transfer student within one year of attendance at another college: minimum 3.5 GPA from the sending college with at least 12 college level credits, or
  • Student transferring in good standing from another CHP, or
  • High score on BCC computerized placement test (given to entering day students upon admission), or
  • Other documented experience which demonstrates the potential for honors level work.

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