Officially established as the Mt. SAC Honors Program in the Fall of 1995, the program was founded by the Dean of the Humanities Division, Dr. Stephen Runnebohm and faculty member Dr. Mary Brackenhoff.

Although the program started with only three classes and 26 students, it has grown to include nearly 800 students and more than 40 Honors courses. The program was established in order to meet the needs of motivated students with a strong academic record. The program offers honors sections of transferable general education courses that provide an enriched curriculum, seminar-type classes, close interaction with honors program faculty, and special projects and activities. Honors courses strengthen students’ college transcripts and increase their chances for transfer to four-year institutions.

Benefits of the Honors Program
  • Membership in a learning community of motivated, well-prepared students
  • Small classes (max 20 students)
  • Increased interaction with faculty
  • Honors courses strengthened transcripts
  • Use of the Honors Center for studying
  • Specialized academic advising from Honors Educational Advisor
  • Opportunity to present a paper at annual Undergraduate Research Conferences
  • Opportunity to attend Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) Conference at UCLA in November
  • Library privileges at UCLA, UC Riverside, and UC Irvine
  • Opportunity to participate in Honors Leadership Team
  • Opportunity for recognition as an Honors Certified Scholar (click here for details)



The Honors application can only be submitted online if you are on the Mt. SAC network on campus, using Internet Explorer. To submit online, follow the directions below:

  1. Click on “Apply Now”. You will be directed to your Mt. SAC student portal
  2. Log in to the portal using your user name and password
  3. Under the student tab, go to “Department Information” on the right
  4. Click on “Honors Program”
  5. Click on “Honors Program Student Application”
  6. Complete the application and attach any required documents
  7. Hit “Submit” at the bottom of the page

You will be notified of your admission to the program via your Mt. SAC student email.


(If applying off campus, please download pdf version.  You must save document before filling it out.  Application can be submitted to: or at the Honors Center 26A-1680)



Honors Events

Mon-Thu 10am to 4pm (Hours may vary)
Building 26A - Room 1680