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Learn all about the Honors Program, and why this program is right for you. In this section, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions that we’ve received over the years. If there is something that we missed, please reach out and a member of our staff will get in touch with you.

1 | What is honors?

The Honors Program provides a collaborative and student-focused learning environment, designed to enhance academic growth and leadership experience. Our small class sizes are perfect for fostering dynamic student-teacher relationships, providing an engaging, challenging and collaborative approach to education. We strive to foster a culture of servant scholars who indeed lead by example.

2 | How are honors classes different?

Northeast State Honors provides you with the opportunity to do advanced work in smaller class sections. Honors coursework is designed to meet students where they are intellectually, presenting them with different work that is more challenging than what is offered in a typical college course. Our faculty use innovative teaching methods, inspiring students to think outside the box and to work together in problem-solving scenarios. Our students continuously cultivate and expand their skills, setting them apart in today’s ever-changing job market.

3 | What are the requirements to join? How do I maintain eligibility?

First time students with an ACT score of 25 and returning students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher are eligible to participate in the honors program. To continue in the program, students must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

4 | What does it take to earn an honors diploma?

With our honors program, students can choose to take as few as one honors course or complete the 18 honors credit hours to earn an honors diploma. Northeast State Honors graduates who complete 18 hours of Honors coursework with a GPA of 3.25 or higher will be recognized during the College's Honors Convocation, and will receive diplomas and honors cords denoting completion of the Honors Program.

5 | I don't have time to complete an honors diploma. Should I still enroll in honors classes?

The Honors program offers many benefits to students, even if they cannot complete the required number of credits to receive the honors diploma. Because honors teaching methods are student centered and often integrate both individual and collaborative learning, honors students often build a community amongst themselves. Participation in honors can also lead to involvement in other student organizations, creating connections across campus. These are both incredibly beneficial upon graduation, whether you are transferring to a university or entering the workforce.

Ready to embark on your honors adventure?

Contact Dr. Jane Honeycutt


Northeast State Honors Program

Want to learn more?

Contact: Dr. Jane Honeycutt

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Northeast State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. For questions or concerns, please contact the Affirmative Action Officer.