Honors Program - FAQ - Lake Land College, Mattoon Illinois

Honors Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, Academic Honors, Graduation from Lake Land College with Honors?
The Lake Land College Honors Program provides outstanding college transfer students with honors-level coursework, honors independent studies, and other enriched learning opportunities. These opportunities allow students to address important topics, engage in critical thinking, and learn cutting-edge techniques in their fields. Eligible freshman or current Lake Land College students are encouraged to apply for membership in the program. Participation in honors activities and a minimum of a 3.5 GPA are required for continued membership. Students who complete the honors program are recognized at the commencement ceremony and earn honors designations on their transcripts. Students in the honors program may also be invited to join Phi Theta Kappa or earn Academic Honors distinction or earn Graduation with Honors.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honorary society for the two-year college that concentrates on scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. Lake Land College students are invited to join PTK after completing 12 semester hours if they are degree seeking and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. PTK members must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. For more information, contact PTK Advisor, Greg Capitosti (217-234-5320).

Academic Honors distinction is earned by all Lake Land College students who have completed at least (6) credit hours during a semester (excluding summer term) with a GPA as follows:

  • Honors 3.50 - 3.64 GPA
  • Dean’s List (high honors) 3.65 - 3.79 GPA
  • President’s List (highest honors) 3.80 - 4.00 GPA

Graduation from Lake Land College with Honors can be earned by all Lake Land College students. It is based on the final GPA for graduation, using only courses and grades earned at Lake Land College. The final range of cumulative GPA to be awarded graduation honors are as follows:

  • Cum Laude, 3.50 – 3.64 GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude, 3.65 – 3.79 GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude, 3.80 – 4.00 GPA

Who do I go to for honors program advisement?
The Honors Program Director helps honors students initiate honors options (honors courses or honors independent studies) and meet the program requirements. Click here for contact information.

What is required to maintain membership in the honors program?
Honors students must successfully complete at least one honors option (honors course or honors independent study) within the first 2 semesters after being admitted into the honors program. They must also maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Students whose cumulative GPA fall below a 3.5 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise their GPA to the minimum requirement. Students who do not meet these requirements will be removed from the honors program.

Does participating in the honors program cost more or demand more credit hours in order to graduate?
Honors options (honors courses or honors independent studies) are the same cost per credit hour as any other Lake Land College college transfer courses. Also, honors options are more challenging versions of general education coursework, but do not demand more credit hours in order to graduate from Lake Land College.

Do honors students receive any special recognition?
Honors students receive designations on their college transcripts for completed honors options and for graduating from the honors program.

Scholastic Achievement Awardees’ names are engraved on a plaque in the Lake Land College Student Center in recognition of outstanding academic performance by freshman and sophomores in the honors program.

In addition, honors program graduates are recognized at the Lake Land College commencement ceremony.

How do I graduate from honors program?
In order to graduate with Full Status, honors students must earn at least a 3.5 overall GPA at Lake Land College, graduate from a college transfer program, and successfully complete at least 4 honors options (4 honors courses or at least 2 honors courses and 2 honors independent studies).

In order to graduate with Associate Status, honors students must earn at least a 3.5 overall GPA at Lake Land College, graduate from a college transfer program, and successfully complete at least 2 honors options (honors courses or honors independent studies).

Full and Associate Status honors students are recognized at the commencement ceremony and a designation is made on their transcripts.

What is the deadline for submitting an application?
The honors program accepts applications all year round. However, entering freshmen are encouraged to apply as soon as they apply to the college itself. The sooner you apply, the sooner you'll be able to start your honors courses and honors independent studies.

Are there scholarships for honors students?

Scholarships for Entering Freshmen:

Presidential Scholarship
Lake Land College is pleased to guarantee a Presidential Scholarship to all eligible in-district high school graduates who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance. Valued at up to $9,250, the scholarship covers the full cost of tuition for up to two years.

Students who meet one of the following criteria are eligible for the Presidential Scholarship

  • Rank in the top 15 percent of the senior class; or
  • Have an ACT composite score of 26 or higher.

If you qualify

For more information call 217-234-5230.

Scholarships for Current Lake Land College Students:
Lake Land College honors students are invited to write an essay addressing any of the topics addressed in the annual Honors Satellite Seminar Series. The essay may also address relevant related issues or ideas neglected in the seminars. The winning essays are awarded scholarship money.

Honors students possess very competitive credentials for the scholarships available through the Lake Land College Foundation. Visit their scholarship website at: http://www.lakelandcollege.edu/dv/fd/scholarships.cfm

The Paul Simon Student Essay Contest provides a one-time $500 scholarship to the student who best describes "How My Community College Has Changed My Life." All currently enrolled full- and part-time students at ICCTA member colleges are eligible to participate; however, each ICCTA member college may enter only one student essay in the statewide competition each year. Click here for more information: http://www.communitycolleges.org/awardsummary.html

National scholarship opportunities are available for honors students when they transfer to 4-year colleges or universities. For example, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/undergraduate-transfer/