The Rose State College Honors Program is designed to stimulate and challenge academically talented students. By enrolling in honors course work, talented and motivated students can develop their intellectual potential and, at the same time, become active members of their academic community. The Rose State College Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Great Plains Honors Council.
Proof of academic excellence is the first step for acceptance into the Honors Program. Students will be admitted if they meet one of the following criteria:
- 3.5 cumulative GPA in high school
- ACT of 27 or equivalent score on the SAT or CPT
- Completion of two Rose State College Honors classes with an A or B
Raiders Horizon Honors Handbook 2022-2023 (PDF)
Raiders Horizon Honors Program Faculty Handbook (PDF)
Students may contract with faculty members in certain academic courses. The contracts are designed as extensions to the regular scheduled courses and, if completed satisfactorily, will earn honors credit for a non-honors class. In completing the contract, students meet on a scheduled basis with the instructor. The contract may include reading and writing assignments, expanded field or laboratory work, and research papers or other designated projects. Click on Honors Contracts below to learn more.
Scholarships & Awards
A number of scholarships are available to students in the Rose State Honors Program. Details of awards and application procedures for scholarships are available from the Honors Director.
• Opportunity for greater personal growth
• Opportunity for greater depth in areas of interest
• Opportunity for greater transcript and resume impact
• Opportunity for transfer into university honors program
• Opportunity for peer and professor interaction
Graduating With Honors
Students may elect to be involved in any part of the Honors Program; however, to graduate "With Honors", students must:
- Apply and be admitted to the Program
- Meet all requirements for a two-year degree with a 3.5 or higher GPA
- Earn at least 12 Honors credit hours at Rose State College
- Earn A's or B's in all classes taken for Honors credit at Rose State College
- Submit an annotated resume of all Honors work to the Honors Committee
All courses successfully completed under the Rose State College Honors Program will have the letter grade and honors credit noted on the transcript.