ACC Health Sciences student poses for a portrait inside one of the atriums at the Rio Grande Campus at the beginning of the fall semester 2022

Honors Program

Program Overview

ACC’s Honors Program offers core curriculum courses with an emphasis on in-depth research and discussion in small classes limited to 15 students, taught by exceptional faculty who enhance their students’ academic experiences with special projects, field trips, guest lectures, and a variety of creative and experiential learning opportunities. The seminar environment allows students close interaction with faculty and other highly motivated Honors students.

The Honors Program also offers paid internships and scholarships, as well as leadership and service opportunities. Students who take Honors courses gain a competitive edge in the transfer process to four-year colleges and universities; each course receives an Honors designation on ACC transcripts.

Program Benefits

  • Small class sizes that foster in-depth discussion
  • Coursework involving research, independent inquiry, project-based learning, creative expression, service-learning, and other kinds of experiential learning
  • Special events and programs
  • Honors advising
  • Honors Scholars receive recognition on transcripts and honor cords for graduation ceremonies
  • Paid internships and scholarships
  • Transfer Agreements: ACC’s Honors Program has agreements with certain Texas universities that allow students to easily apply credit they’ve earned at ACC to their university education

Program Eligibility

Meet at least one of the following minimum requirements:

  • Top 15 percent of graduating high school class
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4-point scale
  • 26 or higher on the ACT or 1170 or higher on the SAT (Critical Reading & Math sections only)
  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.25 or higher (after completion of nine or more transferable credit hours)

Since intellectual motivation is a significant factor in determining academic success, those who fall slightly short of the criteria but who wish to undertake the challenge may be admitted at the discretion of the Honors Chair.

Mission Statement

The ACC Honors Program provides curious, highly motivated students the opportunity to become part of a diverse learning community dedicated to deep intellectual engagement. Students take an active role in their scholarly development by exploring topics of societal and global significance through in-depth discussion, research, independent inquiry, creative scholarship, and different kinds of experiential learning in a supportive, inclusive environment. Offering a variety of leadership and service opportunities, the Honors Program provides students with access to transformative experiences that further academic and personal growth. 

Learn from students about the benefits of joining the Honors Program!

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  • Contact Us

  • Honors Program Support Staff
    Email
    512-223-2171

  • Honors Program Office
    Highland Campus
    Bldg. 1000 Rm. 1428.02
    6101 Highland Campus Drive
    Austin, TX 78752

  • Anne-Marie Thomas, Ph.D.
    Honors Program Chair
    Email
    512-223-7457

  • Matthew Daude Laurents, Ph.D.
    Dean, Liberal Arts, Humanities, Communications
    Email
    512-223-2630 

  • Need Honors advising? Click here to make an appointment.


  • Honors Student Organization (HSO)

  • Student-led organization that builds community and provides opportunities for leadership, service, and more.

  • Explore HSO


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