Honors Program

The Cleveland State Honors Program is designed for students who excel in academics and have a desire to explore their general education subject matter in greater depth, develop strong leadership skills, and engage in service to the campus and surrounding community. Designed to augment the coursework required for a degree, this program is open to all students who meet qualifying criteria. 

Students involved in this program will engage in courses designed around five central goals:
  1. Academic Excellence
  2. In-Depth Subject Exploration
  3. Public Presentation Experience
  4. Leadership Skills and Techniques
  5. Service to the Campus and/or Community



Membership in the Honors Program is far more than a mere academic accolade. This community of academically curious and motivated students work hard to solidify a strong foundation on which to build a career.  The benefits of this program follow our students far beyond their time at Cleveland State. 

Honors courses will challenge academically well-prepared students, allowing them to explore opportunities for professional growth and development. Our courses offer opportunities for independent research, original work, and in-depth study of interdisciplinary issues. Focusing on the five program goals listed above enables our students to demonstrate their ability to succeed in challenging work, which in turn documents their potential for future success. Engagement in this program enhances future scholarship and transfer opportunities and provides special recognition at graduation.

Honors Program Director

Dr. Victoria Bryan
Office: Humanities 107
Phone: 423-473-2442
Email: vbryan@clevelandstatecc.edu 

Important Links

  • Presidential Honors Scholarship - Applications are open until March 4th, 2018. This application requires a few short essays and a letter of recommendation written by an instructor, teacher, or someone from an organization at which you volunteer. To deliver this letter of recommendation, you can scan and upload the letter directly into the application, deliver via email to scholarships@clevelandstatecc.edu, or mail it to Cleveland State Community College c/o Scholarship Coordinator, 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, TN 37312.
  • Click here to access the application portal. Submit the general scholarship application for 2018-2019, and then click on "My Opportunities" at the top of the page. The link for the Presidential Honors Scholarship should appear in the list of available scholarships. 
  • We will hold interviews during the month of March and award scholarships by the beginning of April. Contact the Honors Program Director with any questions.


Honors Program Application - If you don't wish to apply for the scholarship, you are still welcome to apply for the program. Complete this application, and return it to the Honors Program Director. 


Honors Student Handbook - Designed for current and prospective students, this document describes policies, qualifying criteria, assessment information, articulation agreements, etc. 

Honors Articulation Agreements

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