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Frequently Asked Questions

  • You will receive an acceptance letter within two weeks of your complete application being received!

  • Honors students must maintain at least a cumulative 3.25 GPA to remain in the Honors Program. Should a student drop below this requirement, a semester-long probationary period is allowed.

  • Absolutely! Part-time students are eligible to join the Honors Program!

  • Of course! The Heartland Honors Program accepts any student who meets the program qualifications.

  • "Honors Program Completion" is listed on a student's transcript if they complete all elements of the program. Courses where a student has done an in-course Honors project will also have Honors designation on the transcript.

    If a student’s program of study or timeframe at the college makes it impossible to complete the entire program, students are welcome to do individual elements of the program, and those elements will be denoted on the transcript.

    Honors students are recognized at Commencement in the program and wear special honors cords.

  • Honors courses have the same tuition rate as any other course at Heartland.

  • Your acceptance letter will provide contact information for the Honors academic advisor.

  • Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community college students. Any Honors student who earns a 3.5 GPA and has completed at least 12 credit hours will be eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa, with membership dues paid for by the Honors Program.

    The hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa guide the Honors Program overall.

  • While any Honors course may have requirements for participation outside of the classroom, the Honors Seminar I (HONR 101) and Honors Seminar II (HONR 201) courses will give you a chance to engage in academic work outside the formal classroom such as field research, community service, service learning, field trips, or other similar experiences. Additionally, there are fun, social activities that are planned each semester.

Contact Us

Honors Program
Academic Advisor

Sara Bourque
Phone: (309) 268-8029
Email: sara.bourque@heartland.edu

Honors Program Director

Tom McCulley, PhD
Phone: (309) 268-8615
Email: tom.mcculley@heartland.edu