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New honors program at Lakeland focuses on students who excel in academics

Posted: March 7, 2018 | Updated: March 22, 2018

First cohort of honors students to begin this fall

In an effort to fill the unique needs of students who excel academically, Lakeland Community College will now offer an honors program. The program expects to enroll its first cohort of students who meet the admission requirements of at least a 3.5 GPA and an ACT score of 25 or above, this fall. Lakeland joins a rising trend in two-year institutions that offer honors programs. Peer institutions with honors programs already in place include Cuyahoga Community College and Lorain County Community College.

“There are many reasons why students choose to begin their college careers at a community college. Not everyone with a high GPA goes straight to a four-year school,” said Jennifer Collis, Ph.D., assistant provost for educational programming, who is leading the initiative. “This program will allow academically-strong students the chance to take full advantage of the value and accessibility of a community college, while gaining honors-level experience before transferring on to a four-year college or university. The savings achieved by enrolling at Lakeland first, may enable some students to attend more costly options later, while never missing a beat in their academic plan.”

The program’s four-year partner colleges and universities will accept up to 12 credits of Lakeland honors-level courses as part of their honors program requirements. All honors courses meet Transfer Assurance Guides standards, which enable guaranteed transfer to all Ohio public colleges and universities.

In addition to a strong curriculum, honors students may engage in leadership, service and cultural offerings allowing each student to develop a unique honors portfolio.

“Each student will have the opportunity to develop a customized plan to reach his or her own particular goals,” added Collis.

Honors scholarships will also be available to students accepted into the program, increasing the affordability of this high-quality academic offering.

For more information about joining the honors program, email

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