SUNY Jefferson

Academic Honors Policy

Students who graduate from Jefferson Community College with a cumulative grade point average between 3.2 and 3.59 will graduate with Honors. Students who graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher will graduate with High Honors. Such achievement is noted on the student’s official transcript.

Excellence in scholastic achievement at Jefferson Community College is recognized each semester by the compilation of a President’s List and Dean’s List. Such academic achievement is noted on the student’s official transcript.

Full-Time Student Academic Honors Criteria

To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours with a grade point index of 3.60 or higher. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours with a grade point index between 3.20 and 3.59.

Part-Time Student Academic Honors Criteria

Eligibility for honors recognition by the compilation of a President’s List and a Dean’s List will occur after completion of 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60 credit hours, using the same grade point index criteria as indicated for full-time students.

Honors Program Policy

The Jefferson Community College Honors Program offers students with exceptional academic skills the opportunity to receive enriched instruction. Honors students work closely with faculty who challenge students with an enriched education in the pursuit of making good minds better.


  1. The Honors Program is an academic program of study that allows students to go beyond the demands of traditional college coursework and explore areas of scholastic interest while nourishing their intellectual curiosity.
  2. An In-class HOnors Option is a project completed in a course applicable to the student's degree program.  The In-class Honors Option is designed to enrich, rather than accelerate, the learning process.
  3. INT 250 Honors Seminar is an interdisciplinary honors course open only to Honors Program students.

Statement of Policy

  1. In order to apply to the Honors Program, all applicants must:

    1. Fill out the Honors Program application.
    2. Meet the following admission criteria:
      1. New students must have high school cumulative average of 88 or higher or SAT total score of 1250 or ACT composite score of 27.
      2. Continuing, returning or transferring students must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 and at least 12 credits of college-level coursework.
  2. All students accepted into the Honors Program must
    1. Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3
      1. If a student's GPA drops below 3.3, they are placed on Honors probation for one semester.
      2. After one semester of Honors probation, if the students is unable to maintain a GPA of 3.3, the student will be dismissed  from the Honors Program.
    2. Remain active in the HOnors Program.  An Honors Program student who is inactive for 2 consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the Honors Program.
  3. Students dismissed from the Honors Program may reapply at any time after they meet the admission criteria of the Honors Program.
  4. Each In-class Honors Option must be
    1. Agreed to by the student and faculty member who is willing to work directly with the student to provide a unique and rewarding experience.
    2. Approved by the Honors Program Coordinator and the faculty member's Associate Vice President.
  5. Any In-class Honors Option completed in a course will be given the Honors designation on the student's official transcript.
  6. The Honors Program designation will be awarded to graduates who have
    1. Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above
    2. Completed twelve (12) credit hours as follows:
      1. Three (3) credits in INT 250 Honors Seminar
      2. Nine (9) credits in In-class Honors Options in college-level coursework
  7. The Honors Program Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the Honors Program.
  8. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for overseeing this policy.

Students may receive an Honors Program application from the Admissions Office, The Dean for Curriculum and Instruction or from the Honors Program Coordinator.

Honor Society

The Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for students at two-year colleges, was chartered at Jefferson in 1969. Students who have completed 12 credit hours of college-level coursework at JCC, are matriculated in a degree program, and have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 may be invited to join the Chapter. Eligible students will be invited to join at the beginnings of the fall and spring semesters. Students must also maintain a 3.30 cumulative GPA in order to maintain membership eligibility. For more information about the honor society, contact the Student Activities Center.