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The NSCC Honors Program

NSCC Honors Students have transferred to private schools all over the U.S. such as: NSCC Honors Students are guaranteed admission to the Honors Programs at all State Universities and UMass schools including:


The Honors Program is certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and successful graduates who transfer to a state college or university are automatically accepted to that institution's Honors Program.

The Honors Program at NSCC has two distinctive experiences, Honors Components in regular courses and an Honors Seminar. All NSCC Honors Program students complete two Components and one Seminar to fulfill their Program requirements. All Honors Program students are required to maintain a 3.2 GPA to remain in the Program.

Honors Students have the opportunity to go into depth in their honors courses, engaging in original research, and interacting one on one with faculty. Honors students also have exclusive access to the honors lounge, social and cultural experiences, and networking opportunities.



  • Honors students have an improved chance of transferring to the 4-year school of their choice.
  • They are a part of a unique social network of students.
  • They receive academic advising from both an advisor in their field and an Honors advisor.
  • They are eligible for scholarships unique to Honors Program students.
  • They improve their job chances with resume lines that are unique.

Eligibility & Application

Application Requirements
A student applying to the NSCC Honor’s Program must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A High School GPA of 3.5/B+
  • SAT score combined 1100/ACT score 24
  • CPT Placement scores Reading 90/Writing 6
  • 9 completed NSCC (or other college) credits with a 3.2 GPA
  • Or if you don’t meet these criteria, please contact the Honors Program Coordinator for how to apply provisionally

To apply:

  1. Contact Tiffany Magnolia at: Email: tmagnoli@northshore.edu
    Phone: (978) 762-4000 x6622.
  2. Complete an application (doc).
  3. Provide copies of your High School or NSCC transcripts.

Honors Project Components

Students currently admitted into the Honors Program are required to complete two Honors Components. These components can be fulfilled by taking an Honors designated section of Composition I or II. They can also be fulfilled by completing an Honors Project Component in a regular course. In order for the project to count towards a student's Honors Program requirements, an Honors Component Plan and Contract must be submitted by week 5 of the semester. See below for an instruction sheet and a Plan/Contract.

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