Below are some of the frequently asked questions we get about the Presidential Honors Program. Feel free to E-Mail us if you have any addition questions at

What is required to graduate with the Presidential Honors Scholar distinction on my Calhoun diploma and transcript?
  • Complete the requirements for a degree at Calhoun (See the current catalog.)
  • Complete core Honors courses
    • ENG101H—Honors Composition I
    • SPH106H or SPH107H—Honors Fundamentals of Oral Communication/Public Speaking
    • IDH198H—Honors Leadership Studies
    • IDS299H—Honors Directed Studies in Leadership
  • Complete additional Honors designated courses for a total of 24 credit hours of Honors credit.
  • Earn six enrichment points for participating in extra-curricular activities approved by the Honors Coordinators.
What scholarships are available to students accepted into the Presidential Honors Program?

There is a competitive scholarship with up to 30 offers made each academic year. Students who meet the minimum qualifications and complete all components of the Calhoun Scholarship application as well as the Calhoun Presidential Honors Program application by the March 1 deadline are eligible for consideration to receive the Presidential Honors Program Scholarship. This scholarship will cover full tuition and fees up to 15 credit hours for fall and spring semesters. This scholarship is renewable for two years as long as the student remains in the good standing with the Presidential Honors Program.

What must I do to remain in good standing with the program?
  • Keep a GPA of 3.25 or higher in Honors courses
  • Keep a GPA of 3.0 or higher overall
  • Be enrolled in at least four credit hours of honors designated courses each semester.
  • Behave in an honorable, ethical fashion and avoid all misconduct as set forth in the Calhoun Student Handbook.
Must I receive a Presidential Honors Program Scholarship to participate in the Presidential Honors Program?

No, students who meet the qualifications and are able to pay their tuition through other means (private scholarship, financial aid, personal finances) may be accepted into the program if chosen by the Presidential Honors Program Selection Committee.

Are honors courses weighted differently from regular classes?

No, honors courses earn the same weight/credit as regular classes. However, honors courses appear on the transcript with the honors designation (H) next to the course name. Many transfer institutions recognize this designation as a sign of a student’s willingness to complete more rigorous coursework and may offer students who complete these courses additional opportunities and scholarships.

How do honors courses prepare students for transferring to a university?

Honors classes are typically designed as seminar-style classes, incorporating student questions, debate, and in-depth discussion of course material. Students are encouraged to engage deeply with the material and work closely with faculty and peers on assignments and projects throughout the program.

Is there a specific academic advisor I should talk with the help me plan my course of study?

Yes, students will have a dedicated Honors advisor soon after being accepted into the program. These advisors will work with the students to develop a plan to help them complete their education goals in a timely, efficient manner. Students accepted into the program will receive preferential registration status.

Should I complete a Calhoun degree before transferring to a four-year institution?

Yes! National research shows that students who finish their community college degree before transferring to a four-year institution go on to complete a baccalaureate degree at a much higher rate than students who transfer without a degree.

What other organizations can I be involved with at Calhoun?

Phi Theta Kappa is an international two-year institution Honor Society that encourages Presidential Honors Program students to become involved early. The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. Our chapter at Calhoun provides these opportunities both on campus and in our communities through our two major projects each year.

Additionally, our members qualify for over $37 million in transfer scholarships and our chapter officers are eligible to apply for leader scholarships while attending our college. For more information, visit or email

Sigma Kappa Delta: Theta Beta, Calhoun’s Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD) chapter, gives students an opportunity to create lifelong bonds and professional networks with college faculty and staff members. SKD members participate in community projects, such as literacy programs with local elementary schools, and regularly attend plays, writers’ conferences, movies, and museum tours. Calhoun’s thriving chapter includes many national scholarship, writing, and photography award winners. Students should contact chapter sponsor Ms. Julie Sneed ( or Dr. Leighann Rhea ( for more information.

There are many other organizations and clubs you can be involved with on campus. A complete list of these can be found on the Student Life page.