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Eligibility & How to Apply

Start here to become an Honors Transfer Program (HTP) student.

Apply to the Honors Transfer Program

Applications for 2022 Winter/Spring will open October 4 and will close on October 28 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply to the program, complete steps 1-5. 

STEP 1 Register for ONE of the required information sessions below.
STEP 2 Attend information session to obtain application link.
STEP 3 Complete the HTP application online by October 28.
STEP 4 Receive acceptance notification by November 2.
STEP 5 Attend mandatory orientation on November 9 at 3:30pm.

Register for an Information Session

Curious about the Honors Transfer Program? Join us for an Information Session. You must register in advance for the meeting. 

  • September 30, 2021, 4 - 4:45 p.m.  (Register)
  • October 5, 2021, 3 - 3:45 p.m. (Register)
  • October 6, 2021, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Register)
  • October 18, 2021, 10 - 11 a.m. (Register)
  • October 19, 2021, 11 - 12 p.m. (Register)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum GPA 3.1
  • 9 Transferable units in progress (or completed) at ECC
  • Be eligible for (or completed) English 1A or 1AS
  • Obtain educational plan (EdPlan) from an ECC Counselor
  • Have at least 2 semesters left at ECC

Information for Applicants

If you are a senior in high school with an El Camino College student ID number and an unweighted GPA of 3.1 or higher, you are eligible to apply to our program.

The late application will open in June and close mid-July. The deadline for this application is to be announced.


  • You must have an El Camino College Student ID number to begin the process. 
  • You should have a minimum 3.1 cumulative unweighted GPA. We will accept your application even if your GPA is below a 3.1 at the time that you apply. 
  • Upload your final transcript in June. At that time (in June), if your cumulative unweighted GPA is below 3.1, your application will not be approved for acceptance into our program. You will be able to reapply during the fall semester.


The Honors Transfer Program (HTP) will be accepting late applications for summer/fall 2021 from current ECC students. The late application will open in June and close mid July. The deadline for this application is to be announced.

Important Information for All Applicants: Students who are new to El Camino College will have to complete three crucial steps to be eligible for the Honors Transfer Program.

  • An ECC application
  • An ECC orientation (either online or in person)
  • An educational plan (EdPlan) with an ECC counselor. 


  • You should have a minimum 3.1 transferrable GPA and 9 transferrable units completed at ECC.
  • Be eligible or have completed English 1A.


Other Application Tips

  • Do your best writing in the application essay. Be sure that you respond directly to the prompt that you select, that you write multiple paragraphs using what you have learned about writing in previous English classes, that you spell check and grammar check, and that you revise and proofread.
  • Be sure to complete steps 1 - 5.
  • Submit your application before the deadline.

HTP is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). Learn more about NCHC and its definition of "honors" across the many colleges involved in honors education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Honors courses are academically enriched to stimulate students intellectually, encourage independent critical thinking, and promote close interaction between students and faculty.

To learn more, check out these resources from the National Collegiate Honors Council:


Our Honors Transfer Program provides a unique learning environment that stresses academic excellence. The major objective of the program is to prepare students to transfer by focusing on advanced reading, writing, critical thinking, and study skills.

HTP coursework is specifically designed to fit the requirements of various associate degrees, as well as requirements needed to transfer to the University of California, California State University, and most other universities.


The ideal amount of time to spend in the HTP is two years (four semesters) – but we know you might not be ready to join until you’ve been at ECC for a semester or two.

You can join the program at whatever time you like during your ECC career, as long as you have at least one year (two full semesters) to complete it.

If you’re applying to UCLA, however, there are other limitations about what classes you can take in your final semester — speak with a transfer counselor for more information.

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