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Honors Program

Rio Salado College's Honors Program has provided intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for students since 1981.


Honors Program students enjoy benefits, including:

  • Scholarships for eligible students
  • Distinguished multidisciplinary classes
  • Honors Forum Lectures series
  • Attending Phoenix Symphony performances
  • Free admission to the Phoenix Art Museum and more

Honors Program Eligibility

Students who have completed 12 or more college-level (100 or 200 level) credits at Rio Salado College or other Maricopa Community Colleges with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher may be eligible to join the Honors Program.

The program also offers several scholarship opportunities to students who live in Maricopa County in Arizona and who prove lawful presence in the United States.

Scholarship Opportunities

Honors Scholarship

Presidents' Honors Scholarship

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Student Testimonial

Honors Program Outcomes

A Rio Salado College Honors Student will:

  • Think critically
  • Communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate integrity
  • Prepare for future success

Think Critically

Critical thinking is exhibited by the ability to:

  • Analyze and evaluate material by distinguishing between facts and opinions, judgments and inferences, inductive and deductive arguments and objective and subjective material
  • Generate questions, construct and recognize the structure of arguments, and support arguments adequately
  • Define, analyze and devise solutions for new and different problems and issues
  • Collect, organize, classify, correlate and analyze and present materials and data
  • Integrate information from a diverse range of sources and media types, and identify relationships between information objects, and
  • Critique their beliefs by remaining open to new information, methods, cultural systems, and diverse values and beliefs

Student Testimonial

Communicate Effectively

Effective communication is exhibited by the ability to:

  • Apply appropriate communication strategies for diverse audiences
  • Express ideas and concepts precisely and persuasively in multiple formats, and
  • Employ writing conventions suitable to research and/or creative processes

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Demonstrate Integrity

Integrity is exhibited by the ability to:

  • Employ appropriate scholarly standards of conduct
  • Demonstrate respect for intellectual property by following the citation norms of a given discipline and engaging good digital citizenship practices, and
  • Identify social issues and accept responsibility for active civic engagement

Prepare for Future Success

Preparation is exhibited by the ability to:

  • Demonstrate engagement as an informed, independent learner
  • Define and achieve educational/career objectives, and
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning

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