Honors Program

Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) has agreements with universities and colleges that give students who participate in the honors program various transfer application advantages, the most important being priority admission.

If you are interested in transferring to UCLA, we have a special honors transfer program called the UCLA Transfer Alliance/Honors Program (TAP). 90% of our Certified Honors Students are accepted into UCLA (vs. less than 20% of non-certified students that are accepted).

In addition, as a member of the Honors Transfer Council of California, LAMC participates in an alliance with many additional campuses. For more information, see the video below.

For details about our agreements with other universities, see the Honors Transfer Agreements section listed below.

UCLA Transfer Alliance/Honors Program (TAP)

The Los Angeles Mission College Transfer Alliance/Honors Program (TAP) is designed for motivated students who plan on transferring to a four-year college or university. It consists of academically enriched general education courses in which both written expression and the critical analysis of ideas are stressed. The TAP program offers participating students priority admissions to UCLA and additional opportunities at other universities. Both current and new students may apply to be part of the TAP program.

Interested students should put together a packet that includes unofficial transcripts, a personal statement, faculty recommendation and a completed application that can be accessed through the forms link. Students will complete 15 honors units with a 3.25 grade average, and honors designation will appear on students' transcripts. For each honors course, students will complete a research project or paper designed in collaboration with the Honors Director Dr. Mike Fenton and the faculty member teaching the course. Please visit the Contract Procedures page for more information.

    • Priority admissions consideration to several prestigious four-year institutions, including UCLA. Admittance rates for UCLA (tabulated for Fall 2015) for TAP/Honors students was 76.97% versus 30.65%for non-TAP/Honors students! Click here for UCLA TAP information: http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/tap/
    • An enriched academic program allowing students to gain opportunities to pursue topics and projects of individual interest within courses taken; opportunity to gain valuable critical thinking, research and writing skills; opportunities to explore interdisciplinary approaches to course topics.
    • Assistance in the transfer process.
    • Participation in the TAP/Honors program increases admittance to the alternate major, when both the initial and alternate major are impacted.
    • UCLA Library Card.You have a choice of two different UCLA library cards:
      1. A FREE card for use in the College Library only. The College Library is located in the Powell Library Building.
      2. A FEE card that costs $25 for 6 months (or $50 for one year) and allows you to check out books from any of the UCLA Libraries.

Both cards allow you to check out a maximum of 5 items.

  • Transcripts that reflect participation in the program.
  • Regular opportunities for interaction and individual conferences with faculty mentors and program director.
  • Individualized counseling with an Honors Counselor. Two weeks of open hours with Counselor Afri Walker. All TAP students are required to meet with Afri Walker once a semester.
  • Recognition at LAMC Graduation ceremony with medallion.
  • Opportunities to meet guest speakers and attend special events.
  • Bookstore priority for the first week of every semester. Please see Dr. Mike Fenton at the beginning of every semester or earlier for bookstore pass.

These are general guidelines. If you do not meet a specific requirement but would like to be able to participate in TAP, please write to Dr. Mike Fenton at fentonms@lamission.edu to discuss your particular situation.

  • Current LAMC students: must be eligible for English 101 and have completed 12 transferable units with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Entering students: must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher or an SAT score above 1,000, and their placement tests must place them in English 101 or higher.

For More Information and to Apply (click the links to email directly or further information)

All Other Universities: Honors Transfer Agreements

The Honors Transfer Council of California was created to promote academic excellence, to stimulate creative intellectual thinking and discussions of academic issues among students and faculty, to increase awareness of current social issues, to encourage community service, to celebrate cultural diversity, and to prepare students for successful university transfer. LAMC Membership in the Honors Transfer Council of California gives our students the opportunity to participate in many honors agreements, attend the annual Honors Students research Conference at UC Irvine, and the primary benefit is priority admission. To learn more about the Honors Transfer Council of California and the programs, agreements,priority admission, scholarships and other activities they offer to our students.

The universities and colleges that offer honors program transfer agreements and priority admission to those students who complete all requirements at the time of application for transfer are:

  • UC campuses:
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Los Angeles
  • CSU campuses:
  • CSU Fullerton
  • San Diego Sate
  • Private Universities:
  • Chapman University
  • Connecticut University
  • Gonzaga University
  • La Sierra university
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Mills College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • University of La Verne
  • University of San Diego
  • Whittier College
  • Whitman College

Each University or College listed above has specific requirements and guidelines and each offers varying additional advantages outside of priority admission for students who complete the Honors Program requirements described. These advantages may include priority for housing, scholarships and other benefits.

The requirements are the same as they are for the UCLA TAP Program described above. Students must be eliglble for English 101 and have completed 12 transferable units with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Entering students must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher or an SAT score about 1000, and placement tests must place them in English 101 or higher. To earn Honors Program Certification, students must complete five honors courses with a 3.25 grade average, and honors designation will appear on the students transcripts. For each honors course, students will complete a research project or paper with a specific faculty member for a class in which the student is enrolled

Honors Counseling Information

To better facilitate success in the Honors program, and to ensure the appropriate academic progress, the Honors Director strongly suggests that each student meet with the Honors Counselor (Mr. Afri Walker) once per semester. This will ensure that any and all transfer requirements are being met for the institution of your choice. Call the Counseling department at (818) 364-7647 to set up a meeting.


Honors Project Process

Contact Us

Mike Fenton, Ph.D.
Email: FentonMS@lamission.edu