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Admissions, Graduation, and Transfer Information 
Whether you need to know how to ​become an Honors student or if you’re finalizing your graduation at Broward College, you’ll need the right information to help you on your way. Below you’ll find detailed guidelines for current students as well as those looking to join The Robert “Bob” Elmore Honors College.
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Program Entrance Requirements: High School Diploma or GED, Broward College Application and Honors College Application.  There are several different ways that students may be eligible to apply:

  1. Incoming High School Students: (Fill out the Prospective Student/Irms Application Form)
    1. High School GPA: 3.5 unweighted OR
    2. Test Scores (any combination)
      1. SAT: 1250 (minimum 650 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 590 math)
      2. ACT: 22 (minimum 21 English, 21 math, 22 reading)
      3. PERT: 113 reading, 123 math, 123 writing
  2. Current Transfer Students: (Fill out the Current Student Application)
    1. Eligible for college-level math, English, and reading courses
    2. Earned at least 6 college-level credits
    3. 3.5 Overall/Honors GPA for all completed college-level coursework
  3. "Gap" Year Students*
    1. Have at least one year in between their previous enrollment at Broward College or at their other previous university/institution
    2. Earned at least 6 college level credits at Broward College
    3. 3.5 Broward Cumulative GPA
  4. Provisional Admission*
    1. Students who do not meet any of the above criteria and who would like to be given a chance to complete Honors classes can receive provisional admission to register for Honors classes if they have a minimum Broward College GPA of 3.3 and if they provide the following:
      1. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member
      2. A brief essay (1-2 pages in length, double-spaced) stating their reasons for wishing to be considered for the Honors program and their academic goal
  5. Proof of completion of a Home School program with SAT: 1170 (min 550 in Reading and Math); ACT: composite 22, min of 21 English, 22 Reading, 21 Math; PERT: Reading: 113, Math: 123, Writing: 123. Please contact The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors Institute College for more information.
  6. GED diploma with top 1-2% GED test score (based on test percentiles on your diploma)
  7. Outstanding high school students may be admitted with an "Irm's" Scholar Award, and should apply using the prospective students (incoming high school students) application form. Current BC students must fill out this application form.

*If permitted to register for Honors classes, "Gap" Year and Provisional Admission students will only be eligible to receive Honors Scholarships and earn the Honors Certificate if they achieve and maintain a 3.5 Overall/Honors GPA while completing their coursework.

For more information regarding available scholarships, please see the scholarship page.

 
If you’re getting ready to walk for graduation, make sure you follow our step-by-step process for graduating Honors students.
 
Step 1.) Plan on e​arning The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College Certificate
 
The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College Certificate is an articulated credential of academic distinction recognized by the Florida State University System and also by universities outside of Florida. It is conferred upon eligible BC Honors student at graduation. Honors students must obtain this certificate to be listed as members of The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College on their BC transcript. Having the Honors Certificate is an important asset when your application is evaluated for admission and for transfer scholarships. The Certificate is often necessary for admission to the junior year in Honors Colleges and can increase the scholarship amount awarded to you by some state universities.
Students must meet the following requirements to earn the Honors Certificate: 
  • Associates degree Students: completion of 15 total credits of Honors courses (5 classes); one of the classes must be IDH2121 AND a Minimum 3.50 Overall/Honors GPA.
Step 2.) Attend an Honors Transfer Scholarship Workshop
 
Be sure to attend an Honors Transfer Scholarship Workshop on your campus in the fall term prior to the year during which you plan to graduate. Notice of these workshops is posted on the Honors website and is sent via email and postal mail to all Honors Students. It is critical that you sign on to your BC email account because The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College has completed the conversion to email notification for all official announcements.
 
At the workshop, students will receive valuable information about transfer scholarships, especially those offered by Florida universities. Additionally, all pertinent forms will be distributed and all procedures will be explained.
 
Step 3.) Complete and return the "Transfer Questionnaire and a Request for Certificate" by the Jan. 15 deadline
 
You must fill out the Transfer Questionnaire and a Request for Certificate Form by the posted January deadline of the year that you plan to graduate. This deadline applies to May, August and December graduates. The form accomplishes two purposes:
  1. It informs The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College of your graduation plans so that the College may prepare the Honors Certificate (if you are eligible) and/or other transcript information. The College must receive this information from you in order for your graduation to be properly processed. You should complete this form even if you are not seeking the Honors Certificate.
  2. It informs The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College about the universities to which you are planning to transfer. The College may send nomination information to some universities, but you must personally apply for any scholarships that you seek by the university's posted deadlines. This is an important step in your efforts to get scholarship money. You must attach copies of the university applications for those universities that you have listed.
4) Complete and submit applications to the University(ies) of your choice before the applicable deadlines
 
You will need to apply to the university(ies) of your choice, pay the application fees and make sure that you complete all sections of the application. In addition, you usually will be required to submit a FAFSA, letters of recommendation and an essay on a topic specified in the application process. Be sure to follow directions and submit a complete application to each university you have chosen. Failure to do so may cause your file to be incomplete and you will lose scholarship money. Find out in advance about the application deadlines at your chosen university(ies). Note that you will need to meet the spring application deadlines at the university(ies) of your choice, even if you plan on graduating from BC in August or December. Please contact the university(ies) of your choice for further advice in this matter.

Finally, as mentioned above, be sure to attach copies of your university application(s) packet(s) to the “Honors Graduation Request & University Preference Form” that you submit to The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College by the January deadline. It is important that we have copies so that we can help you during the transfer process.

​The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College Certificate is your passport to a successful college career. Earning this certificate proves your academic abilities and provides you with the most beneficial Honors College experience.

 
Working towards the Honors Certificate challenges you to perform at your best. It is limited to students who earn a 3.50 or higher Overall/Honors GPA, and requires the completion of 15 Honors credit hours (three of which must be from IDH2121). Taking 15 Honors credit hours provides students with a stimulating and enriching GenEd background and helps prepare them for the challenges they will face when they transfer. Additionally, maintaining the standards of the Certificate program makes students eligible for Honors Term Scholarships to support their studies at BC.

The Honors Certificate opens up scholarship possibilities and is an excellent asset on your college resume. While it does not guarantee a transfer scholarship, since other factors such as your GPA are considered, the Honors Certificate may make you eligible for more scholarships at state universities. The Certificate may also be required for you to transfer into Honors programs as a junior at some four year universities. It is an important part of your overall student record which admission counselors will consider. Honors Students successfully transfer to Universities across Florida as well as elite institutions across the country.

Decide early to work towards the Honors Certificate. That way, you will have time to take the 15 required Honors credits (three of which is IDH2121). Remember that (except for IDH2121) most Honors courses fulfill GenEd. requirements, so you should not have to take more than one extra course to meet the 15 credit requirement. You will also need to maintain and graduate with a 3.50 or higher GPA. Most importantly, you must apply for Honors Graduation with the Graduation Request & University Preference Form at the beginning of the year during which your graduation will take place. Without this form, The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College cannot prepare your certificate and cannot designate you as an Honors College graduate for commencement. Even students who have not earned the Honors Certificate must fill out this form. Deadlines are in early January.

If you’re planning on transferring to another college or university to continue your college education, follow our guidelines for planning and completing the transfer process. The steps below will make the transfer process easier and hopefully lead to a few scholarships along the way.

 

 
Prepare a Strong College Resume
Your college resume has two major parts: your academic performance and your extracurricular activities. You should work to build up both.
 
GPA and Honors College Certificate:
While your SAT/ACT scores and high school record are important at the freshmen level, your college record will be much more significant as you seek to transfer into university undergraduate programs and earn scholarships. Your GPA is perhaps the most important factor. As an Honors student you already have certain advantages, but it is also recommended that you earn an Honors Certificate. You may also want to try out for the Brain Bowl, Math team, or Model United Nations. Successful team members may earn BC scholarships and are often offered transfer scholarships.
 
Service and Extracurricular Activities:
Extracurricular activities may play a major role in your scholarship search, especially when you apply for 3rd party funds. Many universities are also placing increasingly more weight on service activities and student organization participation in making financial award decisions. The available opportunities at BC are countless. All Honors students are eligible to join the Honors Student Committee which offers a wealth of activities, including regional and national conferences. Also, Phi Theta Kappa chapters are very active on all three of BC's major campuses. Universities offer scholarships to active organization members and officers. The campus Student Life offices organize many community service projects and help students find service opportunities. Student Life also maintains a list of student organizations like the Honors Student Committee. Becoming involved in community service and volunteer work is usually a rewarding and meaningful experience.
 
Apply for Admission at Universities
With nearly all college applications, early action is best. If you have decided which colleges you would like to attend, go ahead and apply by the priority deadlines. It is preferable to apply at least nine months before the date when you would begin your studies. Begin collecting recommendation letters even sooner. Applying early is a good idea, even if the university does not make final admission decisions until months later, because you will have extra time to search and apply for scholarships.
 
Fill Out the FAFSA
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is the most important factor in applying for financial aid, and sometimes scholarships as well. Students must submit a new one each year, and it is essential that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible the year you plan to transfer. Students may complete the FAFSA as early as January, since some college priority deadlines begin in February. Meeting the financial aid priority deadline guarantees that you will be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid that the university offers.
Some universities require the FAFSA even for scholarship consideration. Likewise, some universities may offer ONLY financial aid, and no merit based scholarships. Very often the FAFSA is the only form that a student needs to complete when applying for financial aid, but do not stop there. Find out if there are additional aid applications at the school of your choice.
 
Note: International students should check with the financial aid office to see if their status requires completion of the FAFSA.
 
Look for University Scholarships
After financial aid, university scholarships are your second most important resource. Finding out about the available university scholarships is not usually that difficult, but you will need to set aside some time to carefully review the scholarship information that colleges have sent you as well the university financial aid websites. Search not only for general scholarships, but also for departmental scholarships related to your major. Another resource might be the university's foundation.
 
As with admission and the FAFSA, early action is key. Start searching for scholarships right after filing your early admission application. It is important to have time not only to find the scholarships, but also to work on the applications when you are not under pressure. Remember that you may need time to gather recommendation letters. For applications that require an essay, you should first write a draft and then come back and revise it after a short break. Repeat this process, refining your essays until you believe that you are sending your best work. Proofread carefully and have others proofread for you as well; spelling/grammar errors weaken your application significantly. Realize that poorly written essays can automatically eliminate you from being considered for many scholarships.
 
Schedule an Advising Appointment
The last step in the transfer process is to make sure all the t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted by
contacting an advisor. They can go over the final steps of the transfer process so your transition
will be smooth.
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