Mira Costa San Elijo Admissions Essay

Oceanside, Student Center: 760.795.6878

Program Completion Requirements

http://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/honorsscholar/index.html

The Honors Scholar Program (HSP) provides highly motivated students enriched academic experiences as well as opportunities for civic engagement. Successful completion of the program may give honors students a competitive edge in consideration for transfer admission to some four-year colleges and universities.

Students interested in virtually every major can participate in the Honors Scholar Program while making continuous progress toward graduation from MiraCosta College and transfer to a four-year institution. Honors students are guided by a Transfer Center counselor to establish an individualized education plan that best suits their particular educational goals. 

Additionally, the Honors Scholar Program cultivates a heightened sense of community for its members by actively supporting social activities, themed learning groups, and cultural outings that build camaraderie and public service. Honors Lounges located at both the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses provide communal space for honors students to study, socialize, and collaborate.

Honors courses are designed to develop exceptional academic ability by providing challenging course work through intensive instruction from outstanding faculty in small classes. These courses fulfill IGETC and CSU general education requirements and are offered at both the Oceanside and San Elijo Campuses.  

Of special note, students in the Honors Scholar Program have opportunities to present and publish their academic work at numerous undergraduate research conferences in California.

The Honors Scholar Program at MiraCosta College is a certified member of the UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP), closely coordinating its program outcomes with admission requirements for UCLA’s College of Letters and Science. The Honors Scholar Program is also a certified member of the UC Irvine "Transfer Honors" and "Honors to Honors" programs. Students who participate in the Honors Scholar Program are eligible for the UC Irvine "Transfer Honors" program.  Students who complete the Honors Scholar Program requirements with a 3.7 average are eligible to join the UCI Honors to Honors program immediately upon transfer and enjoy benefits such as priority registration, mentorship, special Honors library study room, and unique research opportunities. The program is an active participating member of the Honors Transfer Council of California, the Western Regional Honors Conference, and the National Honors Collegiate Council.  The Honors Scholar Program enjoys other transfer partnerships through its association with the Honors Transfer Council of California.

Honors students interested in leadership development may also apply to become an Honors Navigator. Students carefully selected for this role serve as peer mentors or project leaders and participate in outreach efforts for the Honors Scholar Program.

Current Honors Curriculum

While HSP students in good standing have first access to honors courses, any student may enroll in an honors course; acceptance to the Honors Scholar Program is not required for enrollment.

ADM 100H

Introduction to the Administration of Justice (Honors)

ANTH 101H

Biological Anthropology (Honors)

ANTH 102H

Cultural Anthropology (Honors)

ART 260H

History of Modern Art (Honors)

BIO 204H

Foundations of Biology: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology (Honors)

BIO 210H

Human Anatomy (Honors)

BUS 140H

Legal Environment of Business (Honors)

BUS 290H

Business Communication (Honors)

CHEM 100H

Introductory Chemistry (Honors)

CHEM 110H

General Chemistry (Honors)

CHEM 111H

General Chemistry (Honors)

CHEM 210H

Organic Chemistry I (Honors)

CHEM 211H

Organic Chemistry II (Honors)

DNCE 100H

Dance Appreciation (Honors)

ENGL 201H

Critical Thinking, Composition, and Literature (Honors)

FILM 101H

Introduction to Film (Honors)

GEOL 101H

Physical Geology (Honors)

GEOL 101LH

Physical Geology Laboratory (Honors)

HIST 100H

World History to 1500 (Honors)

HIST 101H

World History Since 1500 (Honors)

HIST 102H

History of the Modern Middle East (Honors)

HIST 103H

Origins of Western Culture (Honors)

HIST 104H

Modern Western Culture (Honors)

HIST 105H

History of England (Honors)

HIST 106H

History of Technology (Honors)

HIST 110H

United States History to 1877 (Honors)

HIST 111H

United States History Since 1877 (Honors)

HIST 113H

American Military History (Honors)

HIST 115H

Women in American History (Honors)

HIST 116H

History of the Americas to 1830 (Honors)

HIST 117H

History of the Americas Since 1830 (Honors)

HUMN 101H

Introduction to the Arts (Honors)

LIBR 201H

Research in the Digital Age (Honors)

LIT 260H

English Literature Through the 18th Century (Honors)

LIT 261H

English Literature: Romantic to Contemporary (Honors)

LIT 265H

Shakespeare Studies (Honors)

MATH 150H

Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Honors)

MATH 260H

Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (Honors)

MUS 119H

Jazz History (Honors)

NUTR 100H

Nutrition Today (Honors)

OCEA 101H

Introduction to Oceanography (Honors)

PHIL 101H

Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality (Honors)

PHSN 108H

Introduction to Climate Change (Honors)

PHYS 151H

Principles of Physics I (Honors)

PHYS 152H

Principles of Physics II (Honors)

PHYS 253H

Principles of Physics III (Honors)

PSYC 101H

General Psychology (Honors)

PSYC 104H

Statistics for Behavioral Science (Honors)

SOC 101H

Introduction to Sociology (Honors)

SOC 104H

Statistics for Behavioral Science (Honors)

Program Admission Requirements

  • Have a weighted cumulative GPA of 3.50 in high school or 3.25 in 12 units of college-degree applicable course work.
  • Be eligible for ENGL 100, as established by an assessment test or equivalent.
  • Complete the honors application, including application form, unofficial transcripts, and signed Statement of Academic Integrity.

Students who do not meet admission requirements directly may submit an Appeal for Admission, which is reviewed on a case-by-case basis by an ad hoc committee organized by the honors coordinator.

Application instructions and forms are available online athttp://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/honorsscholar/index.html.

Program Completion Requirements

For MiraCosta College Certified Honors Scholars

  • Minimum degree applicable GPA of 3.25 in college course work.
  • Completion of five honors courses representing at least 15 units of honors course work.
    • Some honors courses from other colleges may be counted upon request and verification.
    • Up to two honors courses may be taken as "pass/no pass" option.
    • Up to three honors courses may be completed as Honors Contracts.
  • Participation in 20 verified hours of honors activities.
  • Active involvement in HSP at MiraCosta College for a minimum of two semesters.
  • Education Plan established with the MiraCosta College Transfer Center.
  • Responsible and ethical behavior upheld, as outlined in the Statement of Academic Integrity and MiraCosta College Standards of Student Conduct.

For UCLA TAP (College of Letters and Science) Certification

  • Minimum  degree applicable cumulative GPA of 3.50 in college course work.
  • Completion of five honors courses representing at least 15 units of honors course work.
    • Some honors courses from other colleges may be counted upon request and verification.
    • Up to two honors courses may be taken as "pass/no pass" option.
    • Up to three honors courses may be completed as Honors Contracts.
  • Enrollment in honors courses for two semesters at MiraCosta College.
  • Education Plan established with the MiraCosta College Transfer Center.
  • Responsible and ethical behavior upheld, as outlined in the Statement of Academic Integrity and MiraCosta College Standards of Student Conduct.

For UCI "Transfer Honors" Eligibility

  • Completion of at least three units of honors course work through the MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program.
  • Participation in verified honors activities.
  • Education Plan established with the MiraCosta College Transfer Center.
  • Responsible and ethical behavior upheld, as outlined in the Statement of Academic Integrity and MiraCosta College Standards of Student Conduct.

For UCI "Honors to Honors" Certification

  • Minimum  degree applicable cumulative GPA of 3.50 in college course work.
  • Completion of five honors courses representing at least 15 units of honors course work.
    • Some honors courses from other colleges may be counted upon request and verification.
    • Up to two honors courses may be taken as "pass/no pass" option.
    • Up to three honors courses may be completed as Honors Contracts.
  • Participation in 20 verified hours of honors activities.
  • Enrollment in honors courses for two semesters at MiraCosta College.
  • Education Plan established with the MiraCosta College Transfer Center.
  • Responsible and ethical behavior upheld, as outlined in the Statement of Academic Integrity and MiraCosta College Standards of Student Conduct.

For a complete description of requirements for program admission, good standing, and program completion, contact theMiraCosta College Honors Office or visit the website.

Admissions & Records Office

Oceanside, Building 3300:760.795.6620
San Elijo, Administration Building:760.634.7870

www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/admissions

Eligibility for Admission

To attend MiraCosta College, a student must be one of the following:

  • Eighteen years of age or older and able to benefit from instruction
  • A high school graduate or equivalent
  • A sophomore, junior, or senior in high school with a Concurrent Enrollment Permit signed by the high school principal and parent. This form is available at high school counseling offices and Admissions and Records at both MiraCosta campuses. Students under 18 years of age who have not completed high school and are not pursuing the equivalent of a high school education should contact the Admissions and Records Office for more information.

Residency Requirements

The Admissions and Records Office determines a student’s residency classification when the student applies to MiraCosta and whenever a student has not attended the college for more than one semester. Students will be notified about their residence classification within 14 calendar days of submitting their application or 14 calendar days after the beginning of the session for which the student has applied.

The residence determination date is the day immediately preceding the first day of instruction of the semester or term during which the student proposes to attend MiraCosta College. At any residence determination date, a student previously classified as a nonresident may be reclassified.

Students should contact Admissions and Records for further information regarding residency requirements.

Admission of International Students

Oceanside: 760.795.6897

www.miracosta.edu/iip

As part of its educational program, MiraCosta promotes the internationalization of its college community by attracting capable international students. MiraCosta is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant F-1 visa students.

The college's International Office processes international student admissions and provides support services for F-1 students attending MiraCosta College. Prospective international students can be considered for admission to MiraCosta after submitting a completed International Student Application (for F-1 Visa) Form and all required application materials as outlined by MCCCD Administrative Procedure 5012 including the following:

  • Official high school (secondary school) transcript translated to English
  • Official transcripts in English from all colleges and universities attended
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or other proof of English proficiency
  • Proof of financial certification for all educational and personal expenses while attending college as an F-1 visa student.

All F-1 visa students must contact the International Office prior to enrolling at MiraCosta. The priority deadline to submit an application for fall semester is July 1 of the application year; the priority deadline to submit an application for spring semester (which begins in January) is November 15 of the previous year.

International students who do not meet the college's English language proficiency requirement and/or wish to improve their English skills can apply for full-time English language training offered by the college's Community Services program, the English Language Institute.

Applications for admission and details regarding MiraCosta's international student programs are available at the International Office (located on the Oceanside Campus) or on the office's website.

Special Admission Programs

Nursing

Nursing students have special application and registration procedures. They should contact the Admissions and Records Office at either campus for specific details.

Biomanufacturing

MiraCosta College is now offering a bachelor's degree program in biomanufacturing. Information about the program's eligibility requirements, admissions process, and additional tuition for upper-division coursework is available under the Biotechnology area of study. 

Information for Veterans

Oceanside, Building 3300: 760.757.2121, x6285

Students receiving GI Bill educational benefits are subject to the following general policies:

  • Students must declare a major and enroll in classes required for their major.
  • Students must have ALL prior college and military credit evaluated.
  • Transcripts must be received by the college before the end of their first semester.
  • Students must meet with a MiraCosta academic counselor to obtain an educational plan during their first semester.
  • Students must be making satisfactory progress toward their educational goals.
  • Students must report all changes in their educational status, including adds and drops in class schedule, education plans, or Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) agreements, to MiraCosta's Veterans Education Office.

Continuing students should notify the appropriate staff member of their intention to continue the GI Bill prior to the end of each term to prevent interruption. Because not all classes are VA approved, students should have their classes reviewed by a counselor.

Students changing their major must file the necessary paperwork and make a counseling appointment to update their education plan. It takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to process a VA Education Claim.

Early Military Discharge

Military service personnel who plan to request an early discharge in order to attend MiraCosta College should complete an Application for Admission and request confirmation from the Admissions and Records Office.

Full/Part-Time Student Status

Full-time status is required for certain programs, including the following:

  • Intercollegiate sports: Students must be actively enrolled in at least 12 units.
  • Veterans: Students must be enrolled in at least 12 units. Reduced benefits are available for students taking at least 6 units.
  • Financial aid: Most programs require at least half-time enrollment, which is 6 units.
  • EOPS: Students must be enrolled in at least 12 units or 14 contact hours per week.

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