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Benefits of Honors Courses

  • Priority Registration
  • 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 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.