Honors Programs and Recognition

Academic Honors

Every fall and spring semester a press release is sent to the local media, on behalf of each member of the board of trustees, listing each student from their area who earned a place on the President’s List and the Dean’s List. Academic honors criteria are presented in the Evaluating Academic Progress section.

Achievement Awards

Every year, Citrus College hosts its Academic Achievement Awards, an awards ceremony in honor of the college’s top students. Awards are given to the Citrus College Service Leader of the Year; the Male Athlete of the Year and the Female Athlete of the Year.

At the Achievement Awards, the college’s highest academic honor, the Keys of Knowledge, are awarded to the 10 students who have achieved Citrus’ highest overall academic performance. Students who have demonstrated high academic performance in a given department are also honored with the Distinguished Student Awards.

Honors at Graduation

Citrus College graduates are recognized at Commencement for having an outstanding Grade Point Average (GPA). Students who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or more in all college work, at Citrus College and at other colleges and universities, are recognized for Highest Honors, 3.80-4.00 GPA; High Honors, 3.60-3.79 GPA; and Honors, 3.30-3.59 GPA. Students who complete the Honors Transfer Program or who have permanent membership in the Phi Theta Kappa or Alpha Gamma Sigma honor societies are also recognized.

Due to the scheduled dates of Commencement and spring semester final exams, Honors at Graduation GPAs do not reflect spring semester grades.

Honors Transfer Program

The Honors Transfer Program is for highly motivated students and provides a unique learning environment emphasizing scholastic excellence. The objective of the program is to better prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution and to complete a bachelor’s degree.

To enter the Honors Transfer Program, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and be eligible for ENGL 101 Reading and Composition or completed ENGL 101E Reading and Composition, Enhanced.

Honors coursework enhances a student’s ability to read, write, and think critically about current topics.

Other program benefits include:

  • A variety of courses that meet UC, CSU and private university transfer requirements
  • Enhanced transfer opportunities
  • Interaction with highly motivated students
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Participation noted on Citrus College transcripts
  • Scholarship opportunities

The Honors Transfer Program office is located in the Technology Center, Room 129, located on the southeast end of campus. For more information, see the Honors Transfer Program webpage.

Honors Societies

Alpha Gamma Sigma

Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) is the honor scholarship society of the California Community Colleges. Its purpose is to encourage students to achieve the highest degree of development in scholastic, leadership, and community service endeavors while attending Citrus College.

AGS membership is renewed each semester and is based on GPA and number of units completed. Permanent membership can be obtained two ways:

You must have 60 units completed, as well as one of the following options:
  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.25- 3.49, with three semesters AGS membership and 45 total service hours
    1.  20 hours AGS related
    2. 15 hours community service related
    3. 10 hours optional (AGS or community service related)
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, with two semesters AGS membership, and 30 total service hours
    1. 20 hours AGS related
    2. 10 hours community service related

For additional information, visit the AGS website.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an international honor society of two-year colleges, is the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges. Membership in PTK is designed to recognize excellence in academic achievement, with eligibility based on GPA, number of units completed and payment of membership.

The organization offers many opportunities for scholarships, intellectual enrichment, and personal development through programs based on Phi Theta Kappa’s four hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship.

Citrus College's Beta Nu Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa consistently receives Five Star rankings which is the highest ranking awarded from PTK.  In recent years, Phi Theta Kappa members from Citrus College have achieved prominence in Phi Theta Kappa at the state and national level, through their rankings on the organization's academic teams.  For more information, visit the PTK website or Beta Nu Eta.