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Sam Draper Honors Program

Academic I, Room 1226

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Work one-on-one with our most distinguished faculty members

At RCC, our nationally recognized Sam Draper Honors Program offers students the challenges and rewards of deeper discourse and a personalized mentoring relationship with your professors. Enrolling in the Honors Program enables you to save as much as $100,000 on the cost of your bachelor’s degree without sacrificing the quality of your education. More than 3,000 students have graduated from the Sam Draper Honors Program since its founding in 1977.

Transfer to top colleges

Students who complete the Honors Program with an academic average of 3.5 or higher have a very high rate of transferring with full junior standing to virtually any four-year college or university they choose. Ivy League and Tier One college recruiters seek out RCC honors students for transfer because of the program’s reputation for producing students with a proven ability.

A sample of colleges and universities that have accepted RCC Honors graduates includes Ivy League colleges such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania, along with Tier One colleges such as Duke, Wesleyan and Stanford, as well as Georgetown, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, Smith, SUNY and CUNY campuses, University of Michigan, and many more.

Opportunity to Study Abroad

One of the most exciting opportunities is the two-week Cambridge University summer program which offers the unique experience of studying at one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

Your Personalized Mentor

Honors classes are kept small, about 20 to 24 students, and interactive, with lively discussions and group projects. You can choose your interest area in the Honors Program: Art; Liberal Arts: Humanities/Social Science; Science, Math or Business. Your honors status will be reflected on your transcript and diploma.

Honors students are paired with experienced faculty mentors, chosen according to your individual interests and talents. Your mentor will:

  • Help arrange your learning schedule
  • Guide your progress and growth
  • Help you discover your outstanding potential
  • Guide you in choosing a field of concentration
  • Assist you in transferring to a four-year college or university that offers the fullest range of opportunity in your chosen field.

Requirements for the Honors Program

Several factors influence acceptance in the Honors Program:

  • Required essay
  • SAT scores (helpful but not mandatory)
  • High School GPA
  • Regents Course Loads
  • Personal interview
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Special talents, strong intelligence, educational acumen, even extenuating circumstances may all play a role in your admission.

Students already enrolled in RCC, or transferring in, with a GPA of 3.5 or above in their first or second semester, are encouraged to apply to the Honors Program.

Can high school seniors attend?

The Honors Program is open to high school seniors who wish to complete their senior year of high school by regis­tering as full-time Early Admit students at RCC and taking credit courses on campus. Students must start the applica­tion process with their high school guidance counselor. (Home-schooled students should contact Admissions.) Once accepted as Early Admit, students may qualify for the Honors Program if they meet other criteria.


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