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Southwest Honors College

Build your academic resume with Honors College

What is Honors College?

The Honors College program is designed to challenge academically, well-prepared students and provide opportunities for academic excellence, in-depth subject exploration, research, service/leadership enhancement, and experiential learning on a local, national and global level.

As an Honors College student, you gain experiences that will help build your academic resume suitable for transfer to elite institutions, improve skills valuable to success in careers, and connect with like-minded students.

Learning Benefits

Students who participate in the Honors College at Southwest will be afforded unique academic opportunities among a cohort of peers.

Honors students:

  • have a designated lounge with computers, printers, study area and coffee corner to enrich their education experience.
  • are eligible for scholarships which are awarded after final selection of the cohort.
  • have study-abroad opportunities with SWCC faculty.
  • have access to transfer agreements with 4-year honors college institutions.
  • first year students are in a cohort model to enhance learning and academic support.


We offer two concentrations for students majoring in either general studies or advanced manufacturing.

Complete 12 credit hours in your chosen program as Honors Courses, which require accelerated assignments.

If you are interested in the General Studies/Transfer option use the Learn More/APPLY link below.

After the first semester honors class, begin an accelerated pathway focused on work-based learning. Internships also provide more on-the-job training.

If you are interested in the Advanced Manufacturing (CTE) option use the Learn More/APPLY link below.

Selection Criteria & Application

In order to be eligible for the Honors College at Southwest Virginia Community College a student must demonstrate a:

  • high school GPA of 3.5 or greater
  • high school faculty recommendation
  • recommendation from the Honors Committee at SWCC following an interview.

Honors College News

November 8th | 2023

Students from the Honors College visited New York City in October as part of the program’s travel experiential learning. This is a video that shows some of the highlights of

November 6th | 2023

RADFORD, VA (11/01/2023) Radford University and Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) have reached a transfer agreement granting SWCC Honors students guaranteed admission to Radford’s Honors College, beginning with the fall

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