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Honors Program

Our Honors program is a small community of highly motivated students who want more out of their college experience.

Honors Program Virtual Open House

On Saturday, April 17th from 10:30-12:30 p.m. students can speak with an Honors representative to learn more about the program. 

Register for the Honors Program Virtual Open House!

Program Benefits

The program shapes curricular and co-curricular activities around the four pillars: leadership, service, research and creative scholarship.  Students gain skills and experience through various activities featuring the pillars. 

  • A unique experience unlike any in the nation. Honors students will experience a built-in support network of students and faculty to promote community and collaboration.
  • Community engagement experiences in which you will find ways to serve and explore other communities.
  • The opportunity to create a collaborative project showcasing your passions, and the opportunity to present your work at local, regional or national conferences.
  • A dedicated advisor to help you develop clear pathways to degree completion and/or a successful transfer to a four-year institution.
  • A competitive edge for transfer and employment applications upon completion.
  • Scholarships covering program courses (up to $900).
  • Access to transfer representatives and transfer support services.
  • Private gathering spaces to study or socialize.

Program Eligibility

Students who are prepared to take on additional curricular and co-curruicular activities as part of their time at GRCC are strongly encouraged to apply.  Students with the below credentials and experiences typically apply: 

  • Incoming freshmen who have a GPA above a 3.0 or an SAT score above 1100,
  • Current GRCC students who have a GPA above a 3.0 "and" earned at least 6 college-level credits,
  • Students who have some leadership experience,
  • Students wanting to be a part of a community and be among other highly motivated students,
  • Students seeking a competitive edge when they transfer

Application Process


This program is offered through our Experiential Learning Department. Email Mike Schavey at or call (616) 234-4162.


Javier Jimenez
I was surprised when I started getting straight A’s and became part of the Honors Program. Classes that I used to struggle with had become my favorites. I developed skills that allowed me to help others.
Javier Jimenez, Honors Program alum