An Incubator for Greatness – the MCC Honors College

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Mott_honors_collegeThe Honors College at Mott Community College is a prestigious association. Students admitted in to the Honors College have exhibited a commitment to academic excellence. To be eligible, students must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, must have completed a minimum of 12 college credit hours (at MCC or other accredited college) in credit-bearing courses and be recommended by two or more college faculty members.

Honors College1“The goal of the MCC Honors College is to make the transition from high school Honors programs to college Honors classes as seamless as possible,” said Dr. Brian Ivory, Director of the Honors College. “We want students in high school Honors programs, dual-enrolled students, and National Honors Society (NHS) members to know that we have a place for them here at Mott and the benefits are many.”

Those benefits include enhanced curriculum offerings, conferences, and retreats focused on personal and academic success and enrichment. Students admitted into the Honors College are also eligible for membership in the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Students who qualify to join the Honors College are eligible to apply for Honors College partial-tuition scholarships. This is an academic merit scholarship that does not require proof of financial need.

Students in the Honors College experience an enhanced curriculum which includes the Honors Colloquium and a service-learning course titled HONS 250: Social Diversity and Civic Engagement.  In addition, students benefit from designated sections taught by Honors faculty, enriched learning experiences with a cohort of other high-achieving students, and personalized academic advising by the Director of the Honors College.

Honors College5Augmenting the Honors experience are conferences and retreats available only to Honors College students, including the Michigan Honors Association (MHA) Fall Conference, the MCC Fall Welcome Back Honors College Retreat and the MCC Winter Leadership and Team-building Retreat.

The MHA conference is a chance for Honors College students to spend a weekend with honors students from other Michigan colleges as well as network with students in Honors programs they may transfer into after graduating from Mott Community College.

Each semester the Honors College at MCC hosts a half-day retreat. The Fall retreat welcomes students back to campus, offers them a chance to meet with Honors College faculty, and provides them a panel of seasoned Honors College students who talk about what it takes to succeed at Mott (and beyond). The goal of the Winter Retreat is to increase students’ communication, leadership and critical thinking skills. Honors students must attend one retreat each academic year in order to maintain their Honors College eligibility.

Honors College students also qualify for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of two-year colleges. Alpha Omicron Iota is the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Mott Community College. MCC students who transfer their credits to a four-year institution may also qualify for additional scholarships toward their bachelor’s degree just by being a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

The benefits of participating in the Honors College do not stop at graduation. Upon graduation Honors students receive special recognition including the Honors College Medallion, an Honors Diploma and their Honors College classes noted on official Mott transcripts. Many MCC Honors College graduates earn also transfer scholarships.

For more information about the Honors College at Mott Community College, visit

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