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For more information contact: 

John J. Diffley
Honors Program Coordinator 
Bldg. 17, Room 241
Phone: 413-755-4627

Program Benefits

Program Benefits

The STCC Honors Program guarantees admission to state 4-year college and university Honors Programs to all students who graduate from a Commonwealth Honors Program at a community college and are accepted for transfer at that particular college or university.

After completing one Honors Experience, students gain access to the STCC Honors Student Lounge. The Honors Lounge is a place for Honors students to gather to socialize and get work done. The Lounge includes access to desktop computers, conference area, refrigerator, and more. 

The Board of Higher Education accepted the report of the Commonwealth Honors Program Executive Committee and renewed the membership of Springfield Technical Community College in the Commonwealth Honors Program for six years, effective November 2014.

Honors Program Information


The STCC Honors Program offers a challenging academic experience for qualified students who wish to pursue unique study and research opportunities in their major fields of study. As a Commonwealth Honors Program, our program offers students who complete the program exclusive transfer opportunities and recognition as Honor students throughout the Commonwealth.   

The program is ideal for those students who want to challenge themselves academically and interact with like-minded and driven peers. The Honors Program offers students creative opportunities to explore topics in more depth and to pursue the highest levels of academic achievement at STCC.

Program Requirements

Both new and current students are eligible to participate in the STCC Honors Program. To be eligible to join the STCC Honors Program and to take Honors Courses students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Recent High School Graduates:
    • 3.5 GPA from high school - OR - a 3.0 GPA from a high school honors program - OR - 1000 combined SAT score; --OR--
  • Current Students:
    • Completed at least 12 college-level credits and maintained a 3.2 overall GPA.

Honors Completion Options

Students can earn one of two recognitions in the Honors Program:

  • Commonwealth Honors Scholar
  • Springfield Technical Community College Honors Certificate

Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar

  • Completion of three honors experiences (totaling nine credits or more) with a grade of or better in each course
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 or better on the 4.0 scale
  • Students must take:
    • at least one Honors Seminar/Colloquium (courses designated HNR in the course catalog)
    • a combination of two other Honors Experiences (Honors Seminars, Honors Classes, or Honors Add-ons to a traditional class).

STCC Honors Certificate

  • Complete a total of five honors experiences (15 credits or more) with a grade of or better in each honors course
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 on the 4.0 scale
  • To complete the certificate, students must take:
    • two Honors Colloquia/Seminars (courses designated HNR in the course catalog)
    • a combination of three honors additional experiences of any combination of Honors Colloquia, Honors Classes, or Honors Add-ons to traditional classes

Students who complete the Springfield Technical Community College Honors Certificate Program receive a certificate of completion and a scholarship of $500.