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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 3.3 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 colleges or universities where you are accepted. It also adds significantly to your application credentials for private four-year schools.


As a participant in NECC’s Commonwealth Honors Program you will:

  • Complete a minimum of two honors courses, exploring intriguing topics, OR two honors projects (PDF) in non-honors courses with guidance from a faculty mentor to earn honors credit (OR a combination)
  • Complete EITHER Honors Seminar (HON200) OR Honors Humanities (HON201)
  • Choose from, and engage in, selective service learning activities

Commonwealth Honors Program Benefits

  • All honors courses and projects are noted on your transcript
  • Opportunity to present research at statewide and regional conferences
  • Opportunity to earn scholarships
  • 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
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