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Academics at Hutchinson Community College

Honors Program

From across the state and the nation, HutchCC honors students come from various backgrounds all possessing a thirst for knowledge and a desire for an amazing future. Begin your college experience with the HutchCC Honors Program and leave with amazing tools, connections, and memories for your future.

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Admission to Honors


Students who have a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher and/or a 25 or higher ACT score are eligible for the Honors Program. Also, students with a 3.5 GPA in 12 or more college credits are also eligible for the program. If students do not meet either of these criteria, they may meet with the Honors Program Coordinator to apply for provisional status.


The mission of the HutchCC Honors Program is to provide academically talented students with learning opportunities that broaden perspectives, stimulate intellectual curiosity, and promote personal reflection. To participate in the honors program students must meet one of four criteria to be eligible for the Honors Program:

  • Have an ACT composite of 25 (SAT of 1100) or above,
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.75 or above,
  • Be an HutchCC Presidential Scholar*, or
  • Be a current HutchCC student or transfer student with a college GPA of 3.5 or greater with 12 hours of completed college-level classes.

*Presidential Leadership Scholars must meet one of the other two criteria.

Please contact Ryan Diehl by emailing to apply. 

Honors Academics

Class rigor

  • Vast Majority of Honors Only Classes

Enjoy a community of scholars in our discussion-based classes where the instructors are able to go into further depth with the subject material. Honors classes are a place not filled with busy work but rather amazing opportunities to build one’s critical thinking skills and examine fascinating topics related but not often covered in the traditional class.

  • Majority of Honors course are General Ed

Most of the honors classes meet general education requirements, so they are easy to fit into your schedule and will not keep you from graduating on time.

  • One of the strongest honors programs in Kansas

The HutchCC Honors Program has over a hundred students taking honors classes, and every year over twenty students graduate with either honors or high honors.

Easy acceptance to university honors

With articulation agreements in place with many university honors programs both in and out of Kansas, you are able to transfer directly into their programs upon your graduation at HutchCC.

Project Emphasis

During the spring semester, honors students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor as they research a topic of the student’s choice. These projects are then presented at the end of the semester at the Honors Project Celebration. Students also have the opportunity to present their research at regional and national conferences.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with honors, students must complete 18 hours of honors credit and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5.

To graduate with high honors, students must complete at least 22 hours of honors credit and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.75. Students must also complete an exit interview with the Honors Program Coordinator.

Social, Science, & Scholarship

The Honors Student Council provides many social opportunities for those in the program ranging from exploring Downtown Hutch for Third Thursday, hiking at Sand Hills State Park, going out for local restaurant dinner nights, and having movie nights.

With having one of the strongest community college science departments in the state of Kansas, Hutchinson Community College offers honors students great instructors and amazing research opportunities. Our alumni have gone on to be extremely successful in being accepted to and graduating from prestigious programs including Harvard Med.  

Many scholarship opportunities exist within the honors program. Plus, our graduates have been awarded many fantastic local, regional, and national scholarships.

The HutchCC Honors Program also offers the Honors Merit Scholarship, which pays for up to six hours of honors credit each semester. It is stackable with other HutchCC scholarships, and it is highly competitive.