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Union County College is an American Honors College

Union County College has launched a value-laden honors program to attract the area’s brightest students and give them the inside track toward transfer to the nation’s top universities, all while enjoying the conveniences of staying close to home.
American Honors is a competitive, highly selective national honors program that provides high-achieving community college graduates with an affordable pathway to complete their bachelor’s degree at some of the top four-year universities in the country. Union County College is 1 of 4 colleges currently partnering with American Honors nationwide.

Union County College’s partnership with American Honors will provide students of high motivation and ability with a challenging curriculum at a fraction of the typical cost of a four year education – students can save up to $20,000 on the first two years of college, earning an Associate’s degree with Honors, then transferring to earn their Bachelor’s degree.

In addition to its financial benefits, the program will promote strong connections of students with like-minded peers who challenge and support each other in and out of the classroom.  Leadership opportunities and community outreach will be the hallmarks of the program.

Students will engage in rigorous coursework based on National Collegiate Honors Council standards. They will participate in small learning communities in a state-of-the-art learning platform that provides an interactive, dynamic, and engaging experience guided by top-notch Union County College faculty who are experts in their field.

Outside of class, students will interact with each other in the technology-equipped American Honors Lounge as well as during the many extracurricular activities planned to enhance student learning and enjoyment. Students will thrive in this environment focused on active, experiential learning, as they take charge of their own growth and development.

And when help is needed, American Honors advisors will proactively assist students every step of their journey through the program, giving advice with academic planning, transfers, and financial aid.
Community college students who graduate as American Honors participants have been accepted to such prestigious universities as Stanford, Cornell, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Michigan, USC, and Purdue, and have received significant financial scholarships after transferring.


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