• Reduced class sizes where students engage each other and their professors in dialogue, critical thinking, and research on issues of global significance
  • Opportunities to form relationships with award-winning faculty while at MCC and beyond
  • Opportunities to craft specialized learning experiences and research projects
  • Access to faculty and specializing in transfer to selective colleges and universities
  • Specialized curricular and off-campus events, such as:

    • Films and dramatic productions at the Little Theater and GEVA
    • Support for student presentations at  Scholars’ Day, MCC’s annual showcase of student research, creativity and intellectual stimulation
    • Scholar's Day
    • Sponsorship to present papers, projects, and research at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference, the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, and the Beacon Conference
    • Student-initiated events, e.g., the Living Chess Match, visit to the Rochester Museum of Play, and informal discussions with faculty on their current research
    • Trips to the National Women’s Rights Hall of Fame, Rochester Zen Center, George Eastman House and Museum of Photography, and the Memorial Art Gallery

The Honors Institute awards the Advanced Studies Certificate  and the Advanced Studies Certificate with Thesis. 

All Honors courses carry MCC’s writing intensive designation (WR). Honors students thereby acquire one of the most desired skills in contemporary academia and workplaces. 

The Honors Coordinator is available to advise students on completing their degrees in a timely manner and completing the Advanced Studies Certificate while earning their desired degree and participating in extra-curricular activities athletics. 


Honors courses and seminars are identifiable on your transcript, making you a more attractive transfer candidate at the school of your choice.

MCC’s Honors students regularly transfer to some of the most selective programs, colleges, and universities in the United States, including the following:

Alfred University Amherst College
Clarkson University Columbia University
Cornell University Duke University
Emory University Harvard University
Nazareth College Northeastern University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rochester Institute of Technology
Smith College St. John Fisher College
SUNY Binghamton SUNY Brockport
SUNY Buffalo SUNY Fredonia
SUNY Geneseo Syracuse University
University of Michigan University of Rochester
Yale University  

MCC’s Honors Students have gone on to become attorneys, physicians, medical statisticians, primary school teachers, community organizers, divinity students, psychologists, accountant, and fund-raisers.