Honors College?

<p>Do you guys think that going on to honors College will increase your chance for med school admission? </p>


<p>No. Only your GPA matters.</p>

<p>But some of the perks from being in the Honor program can be pretty nice.</p>

<p>Agree with WOWM. You choose to go to Honors if you feel that you personally benefit from it. Otherwise, there is no reason. Some Honors classes are actually easier because prof is more accessible, because he does not need to babysit some lazy kids who need special arrangements to bring their grades up (like taking home exams and so forth). Prof. can focus on real stuff, enjoying small number of kids in class and their willingness to do the work.</p>

<p>Then there's not much incentive to take the more challenging courses, is there? What a way to encourage students to challenge themselves.</p>

<p>Honors doesn't often mean more challenging courses in college, anyway. Often they are just smaller classes that are taught by professors instead of TAs.
You might get to register early, get a special dorm or library or certain resources, but when it comes down to it honors Psychology is not more difficult than regular organic chemistry and honors calculus certainly isn't harder than normal calc-based physics.</p>

<p>^You're comparing "apple" courses with "orange" courses.</p>

<p>In a way, but find me someone who'd find Ochem easier than Psych 101 with an honors sticker.</p>

<p>It is based on opinion, but I'd argue that the majority of people who take 100 level humanities and difficult math and sciences courses will think the former is easier. I'm using math and science as an example, for there are difficult humanities and such, but I doubt an upper level humanities course would ever have an "honors" designation, for those classes are taken by only a small group of people.</p>

<p>D's UG did not have a singel class taught by TA, Honors or not. There is no engouragement to do Honors or not. You just do what you want, if you get accepted. Was not very easy at D's school, Honors had 200 spots. It had scholarships attached to ir also, earlier registration, which is crucial to some kids with multiple majors/minors.</p>

<p>wow, I'm surprised some school's honors courses are actually separate classes and have other perks. At UCLA, you take the same courses as everyone else, but if you want to do "honors" you have a few extra assignments and class meetings and whatnot and get an "H" next to the class on your transcript. </p>

<p>Either way, honors classes do essentially nothing for your med school application. If you feel you will get some personal enrichment out of it, then go for it - otherwise, I'd pass.</p>

<p>The honor college is how a big state school attracts top students. The honor classes have much fewer students. Professors will demand more. But, the grades are more generous. You should look into these opportunities.</p>

<p>I would consider UCLA a big honor college. Hence, there is no need to have separate honor classes. ;)</p>

<p>*No. Only your GPA matters.</p>

<p>But some of the perks from being in the Honor program can be pretty nice. *</p>

<p>Yes...and when you're in a good honors college, you often have more access to the better profs, research opps, and it can be easier to get LORs.</p>

<p>I'm rather certain that my kids' honors college experiences and connections helped them snag some pretty awesome reseach opps at other univeristies this summer (an REU and a VIGRE). Having an LOR from the Dean of the Honors College (who knows you) isn't a small thing.</p>

<p>The most important thing of being in Honors is early registration. You never deal with classes being full. You register to practically empty class, you are first to choose, especially if Honors has very limited number of spots (200 in my D's case). In addition, as I mentioned Honors had scholarships attached, so why not? LORs you got primarily from your Research place (again sometime this person is a dean) and some profs that you possibly worked for. Research was available for everybody, all it took email and pretty relaxed interview. But again it depends on college. At D's UG, Honors was so small, that getting into it made one feel very special (reguirement was ACT=31+ and top 2% of class). I do not know why person would not participate in Honors after getting a spot.</p>

<p>I'm surprised some school's honors courses are actually separate classes and have other perks.</p>

<p>Yes...at my kids' flagship, the Univ Honors Program classes only have 15 students in each class. Very LAC-like..seminar, discussion-based, everyone participates in discussions, etc.</p>

<p>While I would say that UCLA is a top school, I would not say that it's like a big honors college suggesting that every class is an 'honors class"... That's just silly to think that classes with 200 - 800 students in them are "honors classes". You're just a number in those classes. </p>

<p>BTW...some very good schools have honors classes. Tufts has honors classes. And, I would say that Tufts is a peer to UCLA.</p>

<p>The Honors program may also result in a stronger Committee Letter, if your college does them. (The "more challenging courses" will be noted in the letter.)</p>