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The Commonwealth Honors Program

Academic Rigor, Personal Rewards

If you have earned a B+ average in high school or are a current NECC student or transferring to NECC with a minimum 3.2 GPA, you are eligible to participate in the Commonwealth Honors Program. Successful completion of the program guarantees admittance to the Commonwealth Honors Program at any of Massachusetts’ state  universities. It also adds significantly to your application credentials for private four-year schools. Any student may enroll in an Honors course except HON200 Honors Seminar which requires a 3.2 GPA.


You must complete a minimum of THREE Honors Courses as described below. 

  • Complete any combination of  two honors courses (click on link to view current courses) OR honors projects (PDF) (click on link to download the Honors Project Proposal Form). An Honors Project is done in a non-honors course with guidance from a faculty mentor to earn honors credit for that course.
  • Complete EITHER Honors Seminar (HON200) OR Honors Humanities (HON201).

Commonwealth Honors Program Benefits

  • All honors courses and projects are noted on your transcript
  • Opportunity to present research at statewide and regional conferences
  • Enhance your transfer application credentials to a four-year school
  • Use of the Honors Student Lounge for studying, computer use and printing
  • Special recognition as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar at graduation
  • Guaranteed admittance into the Commonwealth Honors Program at any state college or university upon graduating as a CHP Scholar
  • We offer Follett gift cards and special $1000 CHP scholarships to students in the program.

Applications for Spring 2024 Scholarship now being accepted! DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2024


  • Students must be enrolled in a Spring 2024 Honors Course and receive a B or better
  • Students must have a 3.2+ GPA
  • Students must be continuing at NECC in the fall semester


Contact Us

Professor Ginger Hurajt
Honors Coordinator

  • Spurk – C317B
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