Honors students

Leon S. Peters Honors Program

The Leon S. Peters Honors Program at Fresno City College provides an enriched education experience to recognize and meet the needs of academically excellent students. Honors courses are innovative and reflect the instructor's’ interest in and commitment to the students’ academic, intellectual, cultural, and social development.


Monday - Friday 
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Michelle Patton, Coordinator
Email: honors@fresnocitycollege.edu
Phone: 559.442.4600 EXT 8470

Email: Counselor Forouz Radnejad
Phone: 559.442.8226 EXT 8653

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Fresno City College
Attn: Honors Program Office
1101 E University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741

Program Benefits for Honors Students

  • Earn a Certificate of Honors at graduation and recognition of Honors courses on transcripts
  • Study with experienced and highly-qualified faculty
  • Receive educational counseling and transfer assistance from specially trained Honors counselors
  • Faculty mentors
  • Receive priority for early registration of classes
  • Obtain advice on scholarships and other financial opportunities
  • Participate in cultural, social, and intellectually stimulating educational activities
  • Improve opportunities for transfer to a four-year college or university
  • Eligible to apply for the Leon S. Peters Honors Scholarship

Special Features that Enrich Honors Study

Honors Colloquium Courses

Honors colloquium courses are special interdisciplinary classes designed to bring Honors Program students together to explore topics or themes that allow students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge obtained from Honors courses. 

Current colloquia include the following emphases: Science, Humanities, Business/Economics/Accounting, Social Science, and Phi Teta Kappa Study Topics and leadership.


Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. The organization stresses scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. The national organization supports local chapters and develops an annual study topic. Renowned scholars prepare the course outline and study topic materials.

Alpha Gamma Sigma

Alpha Gamma Sigma is the California Community College Scholastic Honors Society. The purposes of AGS are to promote scholastic excellence and cultivate civic responsibility. Applications are available on the AGS website and in the Social Science Division office.

AGS Webpage

Application Process

Applications for the Fall 2019 semester are due by January 21, 2019.

  • Admission to the Honors Program is conditional upon admission to Fresno City College (FCC). You will, therefore, need to apply to Fresno City College before applying to the Honors Program. Please contact the Admissions and Records Office for further details at 559.442.8228.
  • When you get to the end of the online application, you will be prompted to upload the following (Do not hit submit until you have completed the application and uploaded your documents):
    1. A supporting essay describing your experience and achievements, as evidence of your potential to succeed in a college Honors Program. You may wish to include your school or community activities, paid or volunteer work, hobbies, interests, and any special skills or accomplishments. Your essay should be typed, double spaced, a minimum of one page and a maximum of two pages in length.
    2. ONE of the following: Official High School Transcript (high school student only), or SAT / ACT scores (high school student only), or Official College Transcript (if college student transferring to FCC)
  • Two letters of recommendation must be emailed from the recommender to honors@fresnocitycollege.edu.
    At least one of these letters should be from a teacher or instructor who has personally evaluated your work in an academic subject.
    Please ask the person writing your reference to address the qualities which, in their opinion, make you a suitable candidate for entry into the Honors Program; for example intellectual and social maturity, self-motivation, dependability, and any other relevant characteristics.

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Letters of Recommendation should be emailed from the recommender to honors@fresnocitycollege.edu

Requirements for Acceptance into the Honors Program

For high school seniors

  • GPA of 3.50 (4.00 scale), or
  • GPA ranking within the top 25th percentile of your high school class, or
  • Combined scores of 1200 on the SAT or a composite score of 24 on the ACT, and
  • Eligibility for English 1A.

For current FCC students 

  • College GPA of 3.30, and
  • Eligibility for English 1A.

Application requirements for high school seniors and FCC students

  • Two letters of recommendation, and
  • Superior performance on an essay.

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