Transfer Honors Program
The Queens College Transfer Honors Program (THP) offers scholarships and academic support for highly motivated and creative prospective students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree at a world-class college that challenges them to do their best. THP provides scholarships at three levels: $1,000, half tuition, and full tuition (NY resident tuition rate). THP students join a community of learners in which students enjoy honors classes that are small in size and emphasize discussion and projects over lecture. The program provides dedicated academic advisors that support students in making the transition to QC, identifying mentors, submitting successful applications for internal awards, and preparing for graduate study or career placement. THP enhances the educational experience by helping students to identify opportunities for internships, advanced research, study abroad, and other individualized projects. Program participants receive priority consideration to competitive majors and honors programs, priority registration for classes, and preferred consideration for on-campus housing. Newly admitted THP students receive peer support, and later become peer mentors.
Office of Transfer Honors Program – Contact Information
Phone: (718) 997-5519 | Fax: (718) 997-5498
For general questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Barbara Simerka
Director (Sabbatical leave till May 2016)
To be considered for the Transfer Honors Program:
- A full time student enrolled in an AA, AS, or BA program (not AAS) and has not yet completed a bachelor degree.
- 60 hours completed at end of current semester (exceptional students with 45+ hours may be considered; contact the program director)
- 3.5+ GPA (students with a 3.3+ may be considered if they have a 3.8+ in most recent 2 semesters / in courses related to their major;)
- Coursework in all of the following areas: composition, humanities, social sciences, math, laboratory science.
Transfer Honors Academic Requirement
To maintain your scholarship, you must:
1. Earn a 3.3 GPA
2. Complete 12 credits hours per semester
3. Participate in an approved honors program: Humanities; Math & Natural Sciences; Social Sciences; and BALA (Business and Liberal Arts). Departmental honors are available in: English; Math;Computer Science; Economics; Anthropology. There are also honors sequences for the majors in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Neuroscience.
- Students must apply directly to Queens College through the CUNY Portal. Visit us at www.qc.cuny.edu/checklist to find out all you need to know about applying to Queens College.
- Submit the Transfer Honors Program Supplemental Application and Faculty Recommendation Form Fill-in PDFs can be edited in Adobe Reader or Google Chrome. An editable Word version of the Supplemental Application and Faculty Recommendation Form can be found here. Please submit via email to email@example.com (use file name format: lastname_application; lastname_essay)
- WRITING SAMPLE: A 2-5 page example of academic writing. Students should provide an essay, research paper or article written for a class or lab. Please submit via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (file name format: lastname_sample)
- Submit an official transcript
Director, Transfer Honors Program
Honors Hall Room 2
Flushing NY 11367
Attn: application materials enclosed
1 )Who should write my letter(s) of recommendation? How many do I need?
One letter is required, we accept a maximum of three. At least one letter of recommendation must come from an instructor who taught you in a class. It is best to choose an instructor from a class in your intended major or a closely related area and that allows evaluation in some of these areas: significant writing assignments; research; class participation; group work and leadership. Letters from employers, supervisors, or mentors for student honors societies or clubs are acceptable only as the second or third letter. Letters must be on letterhead stationary and can be mailed or submitted via email
If you are not currently enrolled in a class with this instructor, providing a paper or exam you wrote for the class makes it easier to write very specific comments about your abilities.
2) What should my Essay address? How is it different from the Writing Sample?
As indicated on the application, your Essay should focus on your academic and intellectual development. Which courses, books, academic experiences have shaped you as a person? What are the factors that helped you to choose your major(s) and minors? What are your intellectual passions? Do you plan to go on to graduate study? If you have experienced academic difficulties in the past, please explain the situation and what you learned that enabled you to achieve success in your courses. Your essay should demonstrate your highest level of proficiency as a writer.
If you wish to inform the committee about circumstances in your personal life that have impacted your academics, there is space to do so on page 2 of the application.
The Writing Sample, 2-5 pages, can be from a class in or related to your major or honors minor. Students with a planned major in the humanities or social sciences should provide a research paper with a standard bibliography. Students whose major field does not normally require papers (Accounting, Math, Computer Science, etc.) are not expected to submit an additional writing sample, but may provide a paper from an English Composition or Writing Intensive course as a supplemental document for consideration.
3) Are all majors open to THP students?
Nearly all majors are available. However, students who intend to major in Music Performance or Studio / Graphic Art must contact the department well before the application deadline to learn policies regarding auditions or portfolios. We require a letter of support from the QC department chair for candidates in those areas.
4) How are admissions/ levels of funding determined?
We look at the student’s entire record. Students who apply after the priority deadline generally receive $1,000 awards because the limited number of higher awards are allocated in the first round. We interview the most highly qualified accepted students (GPA above 3.9 ) to determine the 2 full tuition awards granted each term.