Honors Program

Now Accepting Applications for Spring.
Application deadline November 28, 2017.

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Professor Susan Nordlof

Dr. Dana Maher

About the Honors Program

If you've heard of the College of the Redwoods Honors Program and pictured a bunch of dorks with their noses either always to the grindstone or stuck up in the air, you’ve got the wrong picture. 

Students in the program are a diverse collection, ranging in appearance from dreadlocked to blow-dried, ranging in interests from technology to holistic medicine –and the whole gamut in between. What they have in common is their interest in learning, an interest that goes beyond only the grade.

College of the Redwoods Honors Program exists to inspire intellectually curious and motivated students with the high level of academic rigor they desire, to help those students achieve their educational goals, to enhance their opportunities to transfer to the universities of their choice, and to create a community of student scholars at the College of the Redwoods. 

It is a challenging program designed for successful transfer to a competitive four-year college. Honors student create original research projects in classes they take through the Honors Contract System, as well as having access to special academic advising, cultural events and trips, use of the extensive HSU Library, and close contact with faculty. 

When the college budget permits, specially designed honors seminar classes may also be offered. Upon completion of the program, honors graduates have access to priority admission, special scholarships, and other benefits at prestigious universities. 


CR's Honors Program is designed to help students succeed in transferring to competitive four-year schools. Once accepted, students will work with faculty to develop individualized Honors projects under contract to receive Honors course credit, completing the Program after earning fifteen Honors units.


  • Exciting cultural events and field trips
  • Full access to the Humboldt State University Library
  • Special academic advising
  • Close contact with faculty
  • Intellectual and social camaraderie