Odessa College Honors College



Odessa College Honors College

The Honors College at Odessa College provides special recognition, support and enhanced learning opportunities to motivated, high-achieving students seeking honors course credit, Honors distinction at graduation, and an enriched college experience. The rigorous coursework, special projects, cultural events, seminars, and social activities embedded in the Honors College create a collegial bond between students and prepare them for successful transfer to chosen universities and career paths. Additionally, the Honors College aims to stimulate a passion for life-long learning and to create an atmosphere that fosters the development and practice of students’ critical-thinking, communication, and leadership skills.


At least one of the following requirements must be met for entry. 

  • A high school GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale. Dual credit students are eligible, but must be in the 11th or 12th grade at the time of entry to the Honors College.
  • A college GPA of 3.50 with 6+ credit hours.

In addition, students: 

  • Must be a current, transfer or new student at Odessa College and in pursuit of an Associate’s and/or Bachelor’s degree
  • Must demonstrate “college readiness,” based upon TSIA testing or multiple measures (i.e. ACT/SAT scores or advanced high school coursework)
  • Must be in good standing with Odessa College


Application Process

Interested students must complete the Honors College Application to apply to the Honors College!

Applications will be accepted each semester for program entry during the following semester. A Selection Panel will admit Honors College candidates based on review of the following:


  • Application Form
  • Written Essay
  • Recommendations (STUDENTS: You are required to submit two (2) recommendations to be considered for the Honors College. One recommendation must be from an instructor who has recently taught you, preferably at the college or another institution of higher education.  Please forward this link https://forms.office.com/r/gVasAmabiT to your references and include your first and last name as well as student ID number.)
  • Transcripts
  • Interview (as needed) 

Application reviews will take place once per semester for admission to the following semester.

 Program Benefits and Expectations 

Honors College candidates will have the option to enter as either an Honors Fellow or an Honors Scholar. While both tracks offer attractive rewards and opportunities (outlined below), a select number of Honors Fellows are admitted with the opportunity for added benefits and program expectations.




  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Complete 4 Honors courses within 2 years
  • Volunteer 4 hours community service / semester
  • Engage in 4 Honors College activities / semester
  • Complete capstone project, research paper, or internship
  • Recognized with Honors distinction on transcript and at graduation
  • Present at Honors College Symposium or Conference
  • Pursue Bachelor’s degree & transfer scholarship
  • Candidate for Transfer/Career Scholarship


  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Complete 2 Honors courses within 2 years
  • Volunteer 2 hours community service / semester
  • Engage in 2 Honors College activities / semester
  • Complete capstone project, research paper, or internship
  • Recognized with Honors distinction on transcript and at graduation



Note: The Honors Fellows track does not apply to dual credit students, but dual credit students may start out as Honors Scholars with the opportunity to transition to Honors Fellows upon high school graduation and continuation of undergraduate studies at OC.


Honors Courses 

Honors Courses are designed to, at a deeper level, help students: 

  • Develop effective written and oral communication skills
  • Develop the ability to analyze, to synthesize, and to understand scholarly and creative work
  • Become independent and critical thinkers and problem-solvers

While the general content and learning outcomes will remain similar to traditional courses, honors courses may involve increased discussion, special seminars, experiential learning, research, and other independent-study opportunities.

Students should visit with their designated advisor for honors course offerings each term and for guidance with enrollment.

Need more information: contact us at honors@odessa.edu

Additional Honors College Resources

General Admissions
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Phi Theta Kappa
National Collegiate Honors Council