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NCC Honors Program

Academically talented students are invited to apply to the NCC Honors Program which provides exceptionally able and motivated students with intellectual rigor, small classes and outstanding opportunities for growth and exploration. The application deadline for the Fall 2017 semester is June 16.

“The NCC Honors Program was started back in the early 2000’s and has not been active since 2009,” said Program Coordinator Jonathan McMenamin-Balano, NCC Professor of Biology. “In 2016, a group of faculty began to reimagine the Honors Program based on a national cohort model to identify highly motivated students and have them complete the requirements of the Liberal Arts Honors coursework.”

The Honors Program provides an academically exclusive experience for students with demonstrated ability. Each fall, a new group of students becomes part of this interdisciplinary program. Non-traditional applicants who believe they have the ability and can demonstrate it through their work or experiences are encouraged to apply.

NCC graduates are accepted to highly competitive institutions, including Harvard Law School, Columbia, Georgetown, Smith, NYU, Yale and the University of Connecticut. Three members of the Class of 2017 have been accepted to Mount Holyoke College with full tuition scholarships.

Why You Should Apply

Honors Program students receive individualized advising by Honors Faculty, who help them take advantage of opportunities and resources at NCC and prepare them for their next educational or professional goal.

Selective enrollment and small class size ensure a low student-to-faculty ratio in all Honors courses. Honors students enroll in the Liberal Arts Transfer degree program and take interdisciplinary courses, which provide a solid foundation for transfer (regardless of academic major.) The Norwalk Community College Foundation provides extensive scholarship opportunities for admitted Honors students.

The Honors Program also provides the opportunity to create community by embedding social, community outreach and service-learning opportunities into the program to enrich academic experiences.  Specialized research projects are designed into the coursework to develop deep understanding of academic and career interests, and identify possible Capstone or Independent Research projects.

“Students who are interested in applying should enjoy a sense of community and rigorous, intellectual work,” McMenamin-Balano notes. “An applicant will want to know their limits but be willing to test them regularly to learn just how far they can grow.”

Admission Requirements

Students must apply to join the Honors Program. Applicants who believe that they possess the ability and can demonstrate it in the absence of admission requirements are also encouraged to apply.  Currently enrolled, first semester NCC students who are interested in the Honors Program should contact the Honors Program Coordinator. Admitted students will enroll full-time (12-15 credits load) to meet their degree requirements and graduate in two years. All applicants will be required to complete an application, write a short essay, and interview with the Honors Program Coordinator.

For more information, please contact Jonathan McMenamin-Balano at (203) 857-7351 or