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 who enjoy honors classes that are small in size and emphasize discussion and projects over lecture. The program provides dedicated academic advisors who 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. 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
Honors Hall, room 2
Phone: (718) 997-5519 | Fax: (718) 997-5498
For general questions,
Dr. Barbara Simerka
To be considered for the Transfer Honors Program:
- A full-time student enrolled in an AA, AS, or BA program (not AAS) who has not yet completed a bachelor’s degree.
- 60 credits completed at end of current semester (exceptional students with 45+ credits may be considered; contact the program director).
- 3.5+ GPA.
- Completion of freshman and sophomore level prerequisites in the intended major (2-4 courses as appropriate).
- Coursework in all of the following areas: composition, humanities, social sciences, math, laboratory science.
**Students who are already taking classes at Queens College are not eligible to apply**
Transfer Honors Academic Requirements
To maintain your scholarship, you must:
1. Earn a 3.3 GPA in the first semester and a 3.5 in subsequent semesters
2. Complete 12 credits hours per semester
3. Participate in one of the approved honors programs:
a) An honors minor related to the area of your major: Humanities; Math & Natural Sciences;Social Sciences;
b) BALA (Business and Liberal Arts) a minor in Business-related coursework ; it is designed to complement a Humanities or Social Sciences major
c) Departmental honors are available in: English; Math; Computer Science; Economics;Anthropology.
d) There are honors sequences for majors in Accounting, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Family, Nutrition and Exercise Science, and Neuroscience.
e) Participate in an Accelerated Master’s program:
Applications for Fall 2018 admissions will be accepted beginning March 1.
Priority deadline: April 25.
- 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 Supplemental Application and Faculty Recommendation Form located here. Please submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (use file name format: lastname_application; lastname_essay)
- Writing Sample: A 3-10 pages example of academic writing. Students should provide an essay, research paper, or article written for a class or lab. Please submit via email to: email@example.com (file name format: lastname_sample)
- Submit an official transcript
Director, Transfer Honors Program
Queens College, CUNY
Honors Hall Room 2
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, NY 11367-1597
Attn: Application materials enclosed
1) Who should write my letter(s) of recommendation? How many do I need?
One letter is required, and we accept a maximum of three. At least one letter 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 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 stationery 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 and minor? 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 may receive lower award amounts because many of the larger awards are allocated in the first round. We interview the most highly qualified accepted students (GPA above 3.9 ) to determine the full tuition awards granted each term.
5) Will the level of funding increase if my grades improve?
Students who achieve a high level of academic success at QC may receive an increase in THP funds in the second or third semester. Funding for summer courses may also be available. In addition, THP assists students who excel in their courses to apply for additional scholarships and internships.