Academic Honors

Honors Program

The South Texas College Honors Program is designed to provide progressive opportunities for study and innovative challenges to students who are highly motivated, intellectually gifted, academically well-prepared, and/or exceptionally creative.

The program offers unique opportunities for enrichment that will enhance and encourage intellectual curiosity, good citizenship, and leadership skills.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply for admission to the Honors Program and once accepted they must sign an Honors Program Student Course Contract for each Honors course registered. Applications may be obtained from the Academic Excellence Office or website. Each application will be reviewed and admission will be determined by the Academic Excellence Office. Students may apply at any time during the academic year. For further information about the Honors Program, contact the Academic Excellence Office 956-872-6440.

To be eligible to apply for the STC Honors Program, students currently enrolled at STC must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete and must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.25. Students entering STC following graduation from high-school must have a cumulative high-school GPA of 3.5.

To apply, the student must:

  1. Submit a complete Honors Application;
  2. Submit STC transcript;
  3. Make an appointment to review application, eligibility, and honors course selection.

All Honors Program students will receive Honors course advising, scheduling, and consultation.

Curriculum Structure, Honors Instruction

The Honors Curriculum is concentrated in coursework designated as select STC Core Curriculum and Bachelors of Applied Technology courses at South Texas College.

The Honors Curriculum will be presented to students in designated Honors class sections. Each Honors section is limited in enrollment, instructed by specifically chosen instructors, and incorporates enrichment activities or thematic exploration.

Honors Program Graduation

Students, who have applied for an Associate degree and have completed 12 credit hours of Core Curriculum Honors courses and maintained a 3.25 or higher GPA, will graduate from the Honors Program.

Students, who have applied for the Bachelors of Applied Technology degree and have completed 12 credit hours of BAT Curriculum Honors courses (including Capstone) and maintained a 3.25 or higher GPA, will graduate from the Honors Program.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society - Beta Epsilon Mu Chapter

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students.

To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Each fall and spring semester invitation for membership is extended by the Beta Epsilon Mu Chapter to students who are currently enrolled, have completed at least 12 academic transferrable credit hours of coursework leading to an associate degree, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (transferable courses only).

For further information, contact the Academic Excellence Office at 956-872-6440.

Valley Scholars Program

The Valley Scholars Program was established in 1997 to recognize and promote academic excellence by providing financial assistance, academic support services, mentoring, and leadership development. The program provides a foundation that empowers students to excel in their academic achievements and to become leaders that will make significant contributions to their communities.

Valley Scholars are Hidalgo and Starr County high school graduates in the top 10 percent or within an 80 percent grade point average. Students in the program receive a scholarship, individualized advisement, academic excellence workshops, annual college tours, employment and leadership opportunities on campus, and transfer scholarship opportunities.

Eligibility for the program is contingent on students being enrolled at the college on a full time basis, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 each semester, and participating in scholastic and leadership activities. Importantly, the program encourages students to be actively engaged in community service projects. All community service projects are structured and utilize the team concept as a motivational tool.

The Valley Scholars immediately create a natural learning community that studies and works together and is able to build on the synergy of high expectations and team leadership.

For further information about this program, contact the Academic Excellence Office at 956-872-6440.

President's Honor Roll

South Texas College recognizes students with high academic achievement by naming them to the President’s Honor Roll. To receive this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and must have earned a grade point average (GPA) of a 4.0 on a 4.0 scale for the semester.

Vice President's Honor Roll

Each Fall and Spring semester South Texas College recognizes students with high academic achievement by naming them to the Vice President’s Honor Roll. To receive this honor, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 or more credit hours for that semester at the College and earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 on a 4.00 scale.