Honors College | Spotlight

Picture of the 2010 cohort of the G.E. Honors Program.
The 2010 cohort of the G.E. Honors Program poses for a group photo during the Sept. 22 Honors Orientation.


The Honors College at Cal State L.A. is committed to admitting well-prepared and motivated students who are interested in actively participating in the University’s intellectual, social and community-based programs.

Selection will be based on a comprehensive review of application materials, including written essays, letters of recommendation, and SAT scores. It is recommended that applicants have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher and a combined minimum SAT score of 1100, or a composite ACT score of 25.

CSULA honors students benefit from:
• student-focused seminar-style classes emphasizing discussion and critical thinking
• undergraduate research experiences
• dedicated scholarships
• priority registration
• residential life programs designed to complement the Honors experience
• special performances, speaking events & cultural excursions

The Honors College requires a dual admissions process. Applicants to the Honors College must also apply for admission to the University through CSU Mentor. (The deadline for submitting application for undergraduate admissions is November 30, 2010.)

Cal State L.A. establishes Honors College;
will accept students for fall 2011

College to prepare top students to become global citizens

Accepting applications for its inaugural fall 2011 class, the Honors College at Cal State L.A. will provide an academically challenging and socially supportive environment that will inspire high-achieving students in all disciplines to become creative and critical thinkers, leaders in their fields as well as global citizens.

The move to expand and develop the General Education (G.E.) Honors Program into an independent Honors College will offer outstanding and diverse students from the surrounding campus community and beyond the very best education possible. The 28 CSULA students admitted to the G.E. Honors Program this fall will have an opportunity to apply for admissions to the Honors College.

This year’s G.E. Honors Program incoming freshmen Jonathan Tran and Filomena Pirrone are both examples of the caliber of students already at Cal State L.A.

Picture of Jonathan Tran.
Jonathan Tran

A pre-nursing major, Tran graduated among the top of his class at San Gabriel High School. He was a semi-finalist for the Los Renombrados Award, the highest and most recognized award given at his high school. He was also a member of Peer Counselor, the Yes I Can club, and the volleyball and varsity swim teams. With interest in photography, his works were exhibited at the Chinese American Museum in downtown Los Angeles and are now on permanent display at his high school’s library. He also volunteers for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, at a local animal shelter called Beagles and Buddies, and at the Alderwood Manor Convalescent Hospital in San Gabriel.

Tran said, “I selected Cal State L.A. for its excellent nursing program. Also, I was awarded the President’s Scholarship, which practically gives me a full ride through college.”

Picture of Filomena Pirrone.
Filomena Pirrone

A nutritional science major, Pirrone graduated as valedictorian of Pasadena High School. She was a member of the Math Club, National Honors Society, and varsity girls’ water polo and swim teams. She also served as a copy editor for her high school’s newspaper and yearbook. Her accolades include an AP Scholar with Distinction, California Federation Sealbearer, Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, Varsity Water Polo Most Dedicated 2010, and Varsity Girls’ Swim Team Most Dedicated 2009. In her community, she has been active on the Sierre Madre Police Chief Community Advisory Board and was honored as a Sierre Madre Rose Float Princess.

With a career goal of helping to make others healthier and contribute to their overall well-being, Pirrone said, “I chose Cal State L.A. because of it being in Los Angeles, being close to home, and having one of the best nutritional science programs.”

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Cal State L.A. will accept applications for the inaugural class of the University’s Honors College from Oct. 15, 2010, through Jan. 31, 2011. To apply, go to /academic/honorscollege/howtoapply.php.

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