The Honors College

The Honors College is designed to encourage students inside and outside the classroom in an increasingly competitive academic environment. The small classes and close-knit community create a supportive environment.

Of the 34 Community and Technical Colleges in Washington State, Shoreline has the most robust Honors College. This unique opportunity is designed to support students in their academic journeys and as they plan to transfer to a four-year institution.

For more information, please email or visit FOSS 5336.

How Do I Join the Honors College?

All students are encouraged to apply! Applications can be submitted at any point during the year. To apply, students are asked to complete the application form at, submit unofficial or official transcripts, and submit written responses to three questions.

There is a quarterly fee of $295, which helps support the operating costs of the Honors College.

Your financial aid may cover the fees for domestic students. For more details, please get in touch with the Financial Aid Office. Ongoing and annual scholarships are available through the Shoreline Community College Foundation.

Once accepted to the Honors College, students meet with our dedicated academic advisor to map out classes. Students also attend an Honors College Orientation, which provides more information about the overall benefits of the Honors College.

1. Why Join the Honors College?

Not only does the Honors College bolster individual learning and academic success, but Honors Alumni have transferred to competitive four-year institutions, including the University of Washington, University of California Irvine, UCLA, USC, Reed College, and Western Washington University, among others.

Additional benefits include:

  • The opportunity to transfer directly into Washington State University’s Honors Program
  • Dedicated Academic Advising
  • A Second Year Transfer Seminar
  • A First-Year Support Seminar
  • Paid membership in the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (for qualified students),
  • Leadership opportunities through the Honors Student Council
  • Special Events and Volunteer Opportunities
  • A dedicated Honors Lounge

2. About the Honors College

A small number of faculty founded the Honors College with a generous gift from Walter and Denise Day. The mission of the Honors College is to prepare students for transferring to four-year institutions by fostering critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary thinking. The Honors College is a cohort-based model that allows for additional academic support.

Students choose from 15 “Honorized” courses that meet graduation requirements. Honorized classes are capped at twenty students, allowing in-depth learning and increased collaboration with faculty and fellow students. These classes show up on student transcripts as designated Honors courses.

The Honors College also offers a year-long Research Track culminating with presentations at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium.

3. Who Joins the Honors College?

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are encouraged to apply to the Honors College. Honors College alums include International Students, Domestic Students, Veterans, Running Start students, and Non-Traditional students.

The Honors College is an incredibly diverse group of students who share their backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints to advance the overall community on campus and in the Honors College.

Alums have included members of the Student Government, Valedictorians, and All-Washington Academic Nominees.

Upon graduation, students are recognized at three different levels, depending on participation:

  • 15-29 credits receive “Honors Recognition.”
  • 30 or more credits receive “Honors Graduates.”
  • Completion of the Honors Research Track receives “Honors with Distinction.


Contact Us

The Honors College

FOSS (5000) Building, Room 5336