College Honors Program


Join us on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at the Senior awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our graduating class of 2017 CHP students!



Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) educates and empowers all of its students by providing environments for intellectual and creative development. Students take an active role in their education. They examine not only what they are taught but also how they receive, create, and share ideas with others. The College Honors Program (CHP) serves students who want and need a learning environment that is enriched with even greater academic and creative challenges, and who will work and learn with students seeking similar experiences. 


First, some background:

To complete their General Education requirements, all MMC students need to take at least one course from each of the following categories:

Disciplinary Studies 
DS1 (Studies in Creative Expression) 
DS2 (Studies in Literature and Language) 
DS3 (Studies in Natural Science and Math) 
DS4 (Studies in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies) 
DS5 (Studies in Social Science, Business, and History)

Advanced Interdisciplinary Perspectives 
CP (Cultural Perspectives) 
EP (Ethical Perspectives) 
IP (International Perspectives) 
NP (Natural Science Perspectives)
US (U.S. Perspectives)

The designation “CHP” is used to identify honors courses housed within the General Education curriculum.  Certain General Education courses are designated as “CHP” sections. For example, a standard section of Introduction to Ethics is designated PHIL 103-01; a CHP version is designated PHIL 103-HP01, with “HP” standing for Honors Program. Both courses fulfill the requirement to take one General Education course in “Studies in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies,” or Disciplinary Studies 4 (DS 4). 

By comparison to standard courses, the work required of students in CHP courses is more academically and/or creatively demanding, and class sizes are generally smaller.    

CHP students take six (6) of their eleven (11) General Education courses in designated CHP sections. Students entering the CHP in the first semester of their Junior year—the last opportunity to enter—also take six (6) CHP courses.  

  • What are the criteria for acceptance into the CHP?

    Incoming first-year students may be accepted into the CHP on the basis of their high school grades and SAT or ACT scores. They must have achieved a minimum high school academic GPA of 3.5 and a minimum combined SAT score of 1270. The minimum SAT English score is 600; the minimum Math score is 570. Or, students must have achieved a minimum high school academic GPA of 3.5 and a minimum ACT Composite score of 26. The ACT English and Math must each be at least 24. All students who wish to be admitted to the CHP must have at least eight (8) General Education courses to complete at MMC. 


    Transfer students must  have achieved a minimum academic (core subjects) college GPA of at least 3.5.  Transfer students with fewer than 15 college credits must have achieved a minimum combined SAT score of 1270 (minimum 600 English and minimum 570 Math) or a minimum ACT Composite score of 26 (minimum 26 ACT English and 24 ACT Math). All incoming CHP students must have at least eight (8) General Education courses to complete at MMC. 


    International students will require the same criteria for admission to CHP for all first-year and transfer students. Those who submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores in lieu of SAT or ACT scores may be considered for CHP as well. They must have high ability as demonstrated by International Baccalaureate (IB) scores or other academic abilities and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All incoming CHP students must have at least eight (8) General Education courses to complete at MMC. 

  • I am an incoming first-year student. How do I apply to the CHP?

    1. Complete the MMC or Common Application and submit required transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores.
    2. All students are considered for the CHP at the time of their application.
    3. Qualified students will receive an acceptance package and invitation to join the CHP.
    4. Completed applications are due 1 March.
    5. Notification of decision is no later than 1 April.
    6. Students invited into the CHP must notify MMC of their decision to join the program no later than 1 May.
  • How do first-year students or sophomores at MMC apply for entrance into the CHP?

    Depending on the nature of their courses, first-year students and sophomore with a GPA of 3.75 or higher may be invited to join the CHP and to take CHP courses.  Students with a 3.5-3.75 GPA are also considered on a case-by-case basis for the program. All students who wish to be admitted to the CHP must have at least eight (8) General Education courses to complete at MMC. Please contact Prof. Bell (see below) if you would like to join the CHP. Please also consider whether or not you can reasonably fit six (6) CHP sections into your future academic program at MMC.

  • I am a junior. Can I join the CHP?

    Juniors with a GPA of 3.75 or higher may apply in their Fall semester only.  They must begin the CHP no later than the Spring semester of their Junior year. Again, they must have eight (8) General Education courses to complete at MMC and must be able to complete at least six (6) CHP sections before graduation.


  • I am a senior. Can I join the CHP?

    No student may enter the CHP in their Senior year.

  • I have Advanced Placement (AP) credits from high school / credits from my previous college. Can I use them towards my CHP requirements?

    Students may not use AP credits from high school toward their CHP requirements.

    Up to two (2) honors-level courses completed at the previous college may be considered toward CHP credits. In such cases, students should provide Prof. Bell with copies of the syllabi of the honors courses and make an appointment to discuss the issue with her.

  • What are the requirements of the CHP once I am accepted?

    All CHP students must maintain a passing grade in all CHP courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.50 to remain in the program.

    CHP students whose GPA has fallen between 3.0 and 3.5 will be placed on academic probation for the following academic year. They will be permitted to enroll in CHP sections. However, if their GPA does not meet or exceed the CHP standard at the end of the probationary period, they will be dropped from the CHP. Students whose GPA has fallen below 3.0 will be dropped from the CHP and will not be permitted to enroll in CHP sections. Permission to re-enter the CHP remains at the discretion of the CHP Committee.

    No student may re-enter the CHP more than once.

    All CHP students must have completed at least two (2) CHP sections by the time they begin their 76th credit hour toward the completion of their degree. Students who have not fulfilled this requirement will be dropped from the CHP and not permitted to re-enter.

    All CHP students must adhere to the Academic Standards and Codes of Conduct outlined in the Student Handbook. Failure to adhere to these Standards and Codes will result in permanent dismissal from the CHP.  

  • Does Writing 201 count as a CHP section?

    Yes, Writing 201: Advanced Writing Seminar counts as a CHP section.

  • What are the benefits of joining the CHP?

    In the CHP, you will participate in courses with requirements that are more challenging than those in standard courses. 

    You will work with fellow high-achieving students who share your goals and ambitions.

    Your classes will be smaller, with an average size of 10 students.

    You will be invited to create, participate in, and attend various extramural activities at the College, including lectures, symposia, performances, and demonstrations.

    The 39-credit rule is waived for all CHP students for all CHP sections. In other words, a CHP student may take a CHP AIP course anytime in her academic career. However, if a CHP student wants to take a standard AIP course before having completed 39 credits, she must petition the Chair of the Division that houses that course. All existing pre-requisites, including WRIT courses, remain in place. 

  • Is there an additional charge for joining the CHP?

    No, CHP sections cost the same as standard courses.

  • Who determines the nature of CHP courses?

    Professors teaching CHP sections determine the nature of their courses and syllabi. The first time a professor teaches a CHP section, the syllabus for that course is submitted to the CHP Committee to review to ensure a consistent standard for all sections within the program. CHP sections are taught by full-time faculty, though on occasion, and with the approval of the CHP Director, CHP sections are taught by Adjuncts.

  • Will I be identified as a College Honors Program student?

    Yes, and this designation will benefit your applications for study abroad, fellowships and grants, and graduate study, as it signals your commitment to an especially high level of academic and/or creative achievement.

    Upon graduation, students who have successfully completed all of their CHP requirements have “Graduate, College Honors Program” recorded on their transcript; the designation also accompanies their name in the Commencement program.  They wear a gold tassel on their cap at Commencement. Graduating CHP seniors are rewarded with honors at the Senior Awards Ceremony, which is held at the end of the Spring semester.

    Note that the designation “Graduate, College Honors Program” is independent of the decision to grant graduating students the honors Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude, which are determined solely on the basis of the student’s GPA, or to grant Honors in the student’s major field of study.

  • Can I take a CHP section even if I am not a member of the CHP?

    Yes. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above who are not in the CHP may petition the CHP Director to join CHP sections. Please email Prof. Bell. If you qualify, she will put your name on a waitlist. If there is room in the CHP section after Sophomore CHP students have registered, you will take a signed Waiver of Pre-requisite (waiving CHP status) to the Center for Student Services and then register for the CHP section. Prof. Bell cannot waive any other course pre-requisites. If you would like to take a course and have not already taken the pre-requisite(s), please email the professor teaching the course to ask for permission. 

Information SHeet on the CHP



For help with additional questions, contact:
Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell 
Associate Professor of Art History
Director, College Honors Program 
(212) 517-0676;  

Professor Michael Salmon
Dean of Academic Advisement

If you are an incoming student, please contact:

Mr. Jim Rogers
Dean of Admission

The College Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council.