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Honors Application

TCC Honors Distinction Pathway: Go deeper, go further

Applying to the Honors Distinction Pathway

>>Applications are accepted now! Aplications will be considered as they are received.

When you are ready to apply, all you need to do is meet a few requirements and fill out this form. You can submit your application online or in person (on paper).

Honors Application Process


What you need to do:

1. Meet the basic requirements: Assess at college-level for English and Math.

  • This means English 101 or its equivalent for English.
  • This means the equivalent of Math 96/140 or 100+.

2. Complete the Honors Distinction Pathway application.

  • Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Honors Readiness--Option 1 Letter of Recommendation OR Option 2 GPA of at least 3.5 (with transcripts)
  • Statement of Understanding

3. Submit the completed application to Honors@tacomacc.edu OR in person to Kristina Young, Honors Coordinator in F1-20 OR by mail at Tacoma Community College, 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, Washington 98466-6100.


More about the application


Honors Readiness: Get ready for Honors - Be Honors ready!

Being Honors ready means that you have a desire to go deeper into your learning, the capacity to grow as a learning, and the commitment to become an Honors student.  Because there are many ways to be an Honors student and because we are looking for students with a diversity of experiences in the Honors pathway, you have two options to help support your readiness for the pathway. At TCC, we view Honors as a process of becoming, not just recognition for work well done. 


Select the option that will best represent your Honors Readiness:

In Option 1, you will ask for a letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to how you will benefit from the Honors Distinction Pathway. (see option 1 below for instructions)

In Option 2, you can choose to submit transcripts that show a documented GPA of 3.5 or above. (see option 2 below for instructions)


Option 1: Letter of recommendation

Choose a person who can support how you would benefit from the Honors Distinction Pathway. This letter might include direct observation of your curiosity, potential for independent inquiry, exceptional drive or progress, or other traits and experiences that show how an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, and globally-focused pathway would support the student’s life and academic goals.

We will contact the recommender directly. (It is a good idea to let the person know you are sending in this application.)


Option 2: GPA

Submit a copy of your transcript to the Honors Coordinator.

  • New students directly from HS must have 3.5 GPA from HS transcript
  • New students returning to school or students currently attending TCC need a 3.5 GPA for last ten credits of distribution courses. 
  • Students receiving 3.5 or higher in a TCC Honors course will be considered eligible on the GPA standard. 


Need more information or guidance? >> Connect with the Honors Coordinator.


Learn more about Honors






Honors Calendar of Events


Contact Information


Honors Distinction Pathway

Coordinator: Kristina Young

Honors@tacomacc.edu; 253.566.5330

Tacoma Community College - Tacoma Campus: Building F1, Room 20
6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, Washington 98466-6100


Division for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean: Dr. Yvonne Unnold

Administrative Specialist: Melanie Johnson

Tacoma Community College - Tacoma Campus: Building F2
6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, Washington 98466-6100



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