MWCC Honors Program Students at Graduation

A Member of the National & Northeast Regional Collegiate Honors Councils

The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to study and learn in a challenging educational environment. Students benefit from:

  • a learning community with small class sizes
  • teacher-student mentoring
  • team-taught interdisciplinary courses
  • access to an exclusive Honors Center (a convenient place to meet, study, and collaborate on projects with other Honors students)
  • a tuition waiver during their final semester
  • special recognition at graduation
  • “Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar” designation on official transcripts

The Honors Program is perfect for students seeking transfer to a competitive four-year college and/or seeking additional intellectual pursuits. The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NCHC); and is approved as a Commonwealth Honors Program by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE).


The Mission of the Mount Wachusett Community College Honors Program is to provide academically talented students with an enriched learning environment. Through the program, students are challenged to develop and enhance skills in intellectual curiosity, independent research, communication, team work, problem-solving and critical thinking. Further, the program enables highly motivated students to join with faculty from various disciplines to form a community that supports scholarship, personal growth, and service. Program opportunities are provided by means of special honors courses, colloquiums, research contracts, tutorials, and individual advising. Lastly, the program helps students achieve their transfer and career goals.


During the summer of 1990, through an initiative by College President, Daniel Asquino, a committee was established to determine the criteria for the Honors Program at Mount Wachusett Community College. As a result of this initiative, in the fall of 1991, Mount Wachusett Community College became one of only four of the state’s community colleges to offer an honors program. In 2000, the Mount’s Honors Program became the first state or community college program to be granted Commonwealth Honors Program Status. In the summer of 2007, the Honors Program became the first community college in the Massachusetts state system to be reaccredited. The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Northeast Regional NCHC.

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For more information about the Honors Program, call Professor and Honors Program Coordinator, Sheila Murphy at 978-630-9331.

"Being in the Honors Program keeps me motivated to do well. I find it rather exciting to be part of a group that works hard."

Tiffianie LeBlanc, 2014, Media Arts Technology

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