Honors Programs

The PVCC Honors Program  engages a diverse population of  motivated students in a community of scholars, and provides opportunities  for them to experience distinctive classes and extra-curricular experiences which foster intellectual curiosity and critical, innovative thinking and promote leadership and service.

Several PVCC Honors students have been recognized nationally by being named to the All-USA Community College Academic First Team and at the state level as New Century Scholars. Other PVCC Honors students have received scholarships and academic awards at PVCC and have played prominent roles in the College’s Student Government Association and clubs. Our students have transferred successfully to the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and to the highly competitive McIntire School of Commerce, to Virginia Tech, the College of William and Mary, James Madison University, Mary Baldwin College, Georgetown University and Smith College among others in and out of state.

PVCC also offers these recognition programs and honor societies for students:

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What does it take to be an honors student at PVCC?

Honors students like to read and write thoughtfully and critically, solve problems and are willing to be active participants in class discussions. Intellectual curiosity, self-motivation and responsibility are essential traits of the successful honors student.

Do I have to get permission to take Honors classes?

Any PVCC student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may enroll themself in an Honors class if they meet the prerequisites for the course.

How do I apply to the Honors Program?

Students New to PVCC

Follow the steps below:

  1. Apply to PVCC.
  2. Take the placement tests in PVCC's Learning Center, or you can submit a copy of your SAT or ACT scores. (See #4 below)
  3. Complete and submit the online Honors Program application form.
  4. Provide the following items to the Honors Program Coordinator:
    1. A copy of your high school transcript (if you are a recent graduate) or transcripts from any College or university that you have attended.
    2. A copy of your SAT or ACT scores if you wish, or if you are submitting them in lieu of the tests.
    3. A letter of recommendation  from a teacher,  guidance counselor, employer or someone other than a family member who knows you well. These letters may be emailed to aplunkett@pvcc.edu or sent by regular mail.
    4. A brief personal statement describing your academic interests and goals. This may be emailed to aplunkett@pvcc.edu or sent by regular mail, OR Schedule an interview with Ann Marie Plunkett to discuss these.


How do I register for Honors Classes?

Students  with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may enroll themselves in Honors classes if they meet the class prerequisites. Honors  classes are designated in the Student Information System (SIS) and in printed class schedules with a 77  section number.

 For more information about these classes, contact the Honors Program Coordinator.

What criteria must I meet to be accepted into the Honors Program?

You will be considered for honors based on your academic performance, test scores and strength of the recommendations submitted by others on your behalf. Here are some benchmarks: GPA of 3.25, strong SAT, ACT scores or VPT English placement.