The Kellogg Honors College (KHC) is a community of talented and motivated students - the "Honors students" at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP). KHC provides an enriching and intellectually stimulating setting for its students, who pursue their academic goals within their respective majors in an environment that fosters involvement, passion and curiousity. The College augments their scholastic experience at CPP through individual advising and mentoring to support personal and intellectual growth and successful program completion. Honors faculty promote active and reflective learning through innovative pedagogy. The Honors College also fosters a thriving social environment where students are regularly engaged with their peers through civic engagement projects as well as social and cultural events. Through involvement in activities such as tutoring, leadership in student organizations and residence halls, as well as outstanding academic performance in the classroom, the Honors community is a catalyst for excellence throughout the university. Please view the video below to see what some Honors alumni say about their experience in the Honors College.
Honors students take Honors sections for several of their required classes, have access to an Honors Commons, have funded opportunities to attend local, state and national conferences, attend cultural events such as plays and opera, get individual advising and mentoring and are eligible to receive priority registration. Honors classes are taught by selected faculty and limited to just 20 students. These classes often include added depth and breadth and therefore are often more challenging, but not "harder" in the traditional sense. Graduating Honors students report that Honors classes are one of the most fun, interesting and memorable aspects of being in Honors.
Requirements to maintain good standing in the Kellogg Honors College include: 3.30 or higher Cal Poly Pomona GPA, approximately 15 hours of Civic Engagement (community service) per year, and full time enrollment. Honors students must complete a minimum number of Honors courses before graduation to earn Honors distinctions on their transcripts and diploma. Honors students must also complete the "Honors Capstone" which is an independent project mentored by a faculty member and typically completed in fall or winter quarter of the senior year. Every Capstone project is presented in a conference like setting at the KHC's Convocation held in May.
The Honors application is a separate process and open to all high achieving applicants to CPP. The application is holistic, asking not only for test scores and GPA but letters of recommendations, essays, and other details which Cal Poly faculty evaluate for the student's potential for accomplishment. Typically Honors students also have high test scores and a high GPA. The application is available online starting December 20 and a deadline of February 15. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply as entering Freshman. A special Saturday recruitment event called the Showcase of Excellence is held every Winter (late January) for current high school seniors who applied to the university. High achieving beginning transfer students as well as a limited number of rising 2nd year students who have just completed a full academic year at CPP can also apply to the Honors College in Spring.
The Kellogg Honors College formed in the spring of 2003 with 46 students as the Cal Poly Pomona Honors Program. In 2005 the Honors Program was renamed the Kellogg Honors College after a generous donation from Jean Kellogg. Over the past ten years the Kellogg Honors College grew to 300 students and 226 alumni.
The Kellogg Honors College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council.
Please view the Kellogg Honors College brochure.