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Honors Study

Honors students graduate with the distinction of an “Honors Study” degree. The honors experience develops qualities of leadership and service, which often extend beyond the classroom, and which are supported by dynamic faculty, rigorous academic expectations, and a sense of community.

Honors students take many of the same courses as other students, plus three courses specifically designed for students in honors study. With a total of six courses, the honors option provides a multidisciplinary perspective and opportunities to learn outside a traditional classroom setting.



Any student with a GPA of 3.0 or 85% or higher is eligible for admission. Students who do not meet the criteria when they enter Cayuga may join after one semester by earning a 3.0 GPA. Once accepted, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.


Honors Scholarships

Specific scholarship opportunities are reserved for Honors students and funded through the Cayuga County Community College Foundation. ­Visit for details.


The Honors Curriculum

The Honors sequence complements study in transfer-oriented degree programs, and is designed to fulfill SUNY General Education requirements.

Students Must Complete a Sequence of Honors Course Work:

  • HON 101 – 1 credit Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • LIB 102 – 1 credit Information Research Skills
  • (3) Honors Elective courses (see below)
  • HON 202 – 3 credit Honors Seminar Course

Students must complete three elective courses selected from:

  • Courses specifically designated as honors
  • Courses designated as experiential learning (EL)
  • Travel study courses
  • Students may use one course designated as writing intensive (WI) to satisfy one honors elective.


How do I qualify for admission to Honors Study?

Any current or entering student with a GPA of 3.0 or an average of 85% or higher is eligible for admission to Honors Study. Once accepted, you must maintain a 3.0 GPA. If you do not meet the criteria when you enroll in Cayuga, you may join after one semester by earning a 3.0 GPA.


When should I sign up for Honors Study?

Students who meet the eligibility requirements should complete the following applications, ideally before entering CCC or during the first or second semester at Cayuga.


Application for Honors Study

Download our Honors Study Application Form and return to the Admissions office.


How can I find out more?

Speak to someone in the Admissions office by e-mailing or contact one of the Honors Study coordinators.



Honors Study Coordinators – Auburn

Sheila Myers
315-255-1743 ext 2122

Honors Study Coordinators – Fulton

Paul Nolan
315-592-4143 ext 3026