Los Angeles Pierce College
Honors Transfer Program
Office: Alder 1000
When are applications accepted for the Honors Program?
Students can apply at any time during the year. However, once classes start, registration and participation is based on the college's currently posted academic calendar.
Can I take some of my honors classes at another college?
Once you begin to take honors classes at LAPC, all of your honors classes must be taken at LAPC. However, if you have taken honors classes elsewhere prior to joining the Honors Program at LAPC, you will receive credit for two of those classes at certification.
Can I use any of my AP credit as Honors credit?
AP credits nor classes do not count towards completion of the 15 honors units they must have to get honors certified. However, AP scores do count towards transfer.
What if your GPA is slightly below 3.25 and you want to be in the Honors Program?
Complete an application to the Honors Office as they are reviewed by a case-by-case basis, based on University of California (UC)-transferable coursework and the number of units completed.
What if your GPA dips below 3.25?
Once students are admitted to the Honors Program, it is their responsibility to maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA, UC-transferable in all college and university coursework attempted. We do not check grades each semester, however, for students admitted on a provisional basis or for those admitted directly from high school, grades will be checked their initial semester in the program.
Am I guaranteed admission to UCLA if I complete the Honors Program at LAPC?
No. You are given priority consideration to the College of Letters and Science only (excluding Communication Studies). Other colleges at UCLA such as the School of Engineering & Applied Science, Nursing, Arts & Architecture or Theater, Film & Television, do not give priority consideration to students who complete the Honors Program. Other universities, such as University of California, Irvine (UCI), have the same agreement as UCLA and may use completion of the Honors Program for admissions purposes.
Can I apply outside the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences for my primary major?
Yes. Students can pick any of the majors at UCLA as their primary major and then anything within the College of Letters & Sciences except for selected majors that are restricted, please see UCLA's Alternative Major Policy for TAP. Priority consideration is only given to our applicants when they are applying for a major in the College of Letters & Sciences.
Can I apply to an alternate major at UCLA?
Yes. Only honors-certified students are considered for an alternate major at UCLA. An alternate major is used only if you are not admitted to your first choice major. You are limited to non-impacted majors for your alternate major. For an up-to-date list of restricted majors, please go to the Alternate Major Reviews, Transfer Alliance Program web page. In addition, you are also responsible for completing the major prep requirements as determined by the information at ASSIST, the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities.
Can I change my major to another major once I transfer?
UCLA will not allow major changes to impacted majors such as Biology, Business, Economics, Political Science or Psychology. You can only be admitted to these majors at the time of application. For other universities, check with an Admissions Representative.
What is the difference between a double major and an alternate major?
A double major is different than an alternate major. A double major means that you major in two different majors, whereas an alternate is a backup major if you are not admitted to your first choice major. You can not apply as a double major at the point of application. You may be able to double major once you are admitted to the University and apply to the second major of choice.
Do I need to complete all of my major requirements and IGETC?
While completion of major requirements and IGETC are not required to be honors certified, it is highly recommended and encouraged in order to be considered a competitive applicant for admissions to majors within the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences.
I'm getting ready to transfer. How do I get Honors Certified?
UCLA considers the TAP Certification, while reviewing students' applications, therefore, it is important that you become certified the year that you apply. Honors certification will begin in late January through approximately mid-February. During this process, your honors coursework will be reviewed and reported directly to UCLA. We will certify you based on completed work, work-in-progress, and work planned for spring. Courses planned for summer will not count toward honors certification. The notation that you are Honors Program Certified will not be made until your final spring grades are posted and all coursework is verified.
How do I get IGETC or CSU certified?
IGETC or CSU certification is highly recommended and is done through the graduation office.
What is the difference between TAP and TAG?
Transfer Alliance Program(TAP) is for Honors students who apply to UCLA. All Honors students are automatically part of TAP, and completing the Honors Program doubles your chances of admission to UCLA. TAG (Transfer Admission Guarantee) is a contract between you and a specific university. You may use the TAG Program to guarantee admission to that university,
Is there any research opportunity for honors students?
Yes. Refer to the The Honors Transfer Council of California web site.
I was planning to take an Honors class in the summer or winter but by the time my registration date arrived, the class was full! How is that possible and what can I do?
One of the benefits of the Honors Transfer Program is that class size is limited to approximately 30 students so classes do fill quickly! In the intersessions (summer or winter) typically only one or two Honors sections are offered so there are many students trying to get a seat in those classes.
The SIS enrollment system will not allow wait-lists for honors courses. You can email the instructor and politely ask if they will be adding more students for that particular course. In addition, keep checking online to see if a seat becomes available if/when another student decides to drop the course prior to the first day of classes.
Students should always plan for a backup in case they are not able to enroll in an honors course in summer or winter by having on file a Comprehsive Student Education plan. Please make an appointment with a counselor (does not have to be with an Honors counselor) to revise your education plan at least once per semester to account for any changes as needed.
Can I take honors courses P/NP in Spring 2020 given the Covid-19 stituation?
We are currently are accepting Spring 2020 courses taken as P/NP for honors certification requirements and the "P" will not impact the IGETC certification, however we are still cautioning students about the unknown longer term impact of taking coursework as P/NP for transfer.
We highly encourage you to contact our Transfer Center Director, Sunday Salter to discuss this in more depth with regard to your transfer status and researching the impact of taking a specific course as P/NP for UCLA. You can send her an email at email@example.com or you might be able to find her on live chat.
The deadline to petition for a grade basis change (i.e., Graded to Pass/No Pass) is the last day to drop with a W/EW for the course which is Sunday, May 10, 2020.
To execute a Pass/No Pass grading option, complete the Pass/No Pass Petition and return the form from your District email address (Student.laccd.edu) to PierceAdmissions@PierceCollege.edu. If you are unable to scan and return the document with your handwritten signature; type your name in the signature line instead.
You can find more information at Pierce COVID-19 Student Updates.