Opportunities for High-Achieving Students

As a comprehensive community college, Manchester Community College is committed to providing the very best education possible for all of its students. In order to meet the educational goals of those students who wish a unique and specialized academic experience and to recognize their scholarship, MCC offers the following:

Honors College

Students in the Honors College have an opportunity to investigate topics of interest, conduct research, work on special projects and actively share this learning process with others. This program has been designed to help students demonstrate high levels of motivation and performance to prospective employers and maximize their opportunities to successfully transfer to baccalaureate institutions. The Honors College graduate will also be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, and will graduate cum laude or higher. For more information, visit Honors College.

Honor Societies

Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is an internationally acclaimed honor society recognizing the academic achievement of associate degree students. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. As such, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, a forum for the exchange of ideas, ideals and lively fellowship among scholars, and an environment that encourages interest in pursuing academic excellence. For more information, visit Phi Theta Kappa.

Alpha Beta Gamma
Alpha Beta Gamma is an international business honor society established to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students in business curricula. To achieve this goal, Alpha Beta Gamma provides leadership opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas and the pursuit of continuing academic excellence. For more information, contact Theresa Janeczek at tjaneczek@manchestercc.edu or 860-512-2626.

Alpha Mu Gamma
Alpha Mu Gamma recognizes outstanding achievement in the study of a foreign language. Its goal is to stimulate a desire for linguistic attainment, encourage an interest in the study of foreign languages and foster the understanding of other people and cultures. For more information, contact Linda Burk at lburk@manchestercc.edu or 860-512-2736.

Epsilon Pi Tau
Epsilon Pi Tau is an international honor society that recognizes current and future leaders in technology professions. Its mission is to encourage academic excellence of students in fields devoted to the general study of technology and to prepare practitioners for the technology professions. For more information, visit Epsilon Pi Tau or contact Mehrdad Faezi at mfaezi@manchestercc.edu or 860-512-2729.

Lamda Epsilon Chi (LEX)

LEX, founded by the American Association for Paralegal Education, is the national honor society that recognizes the superior academic performance of students pursuing a paralegal profession. Membership in LEX is considered an honor and is an indication to members in the legal profession of an individual’s academic achievements. For more information, contact Deborah Boyle at dboyle@manchestercc.edu or 860-512-2642, or Mary Holland at mholland@manchestercc.edu or 860-512-2632.    

Academic Honors

President’s List
The president’s list recognizes the exceptional scholarship of students who earn a 4.0 or “A” grade point average in their courses. Full-time students who have completed at least 12 credits for the semester (and part-time students who have accumulated 12 credits in residence) with no “W” or “I” grades are eligible for this honor.

Dean’s List
The dean’s list recognizes students who earn a 3.4  or higher grade point average in a semester. Full-time students (and part-time students) who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program and have successfully completed 12 credits or more in a semester are eligible for this distinction.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are generally granted on the basis of rewarding academic or artistic talent. For more information, visit MCC Foundation Scholarships or contact the MCC Foundation at 860-512-2900.

CEO-to-President Scholarships are also awarded for academic achievement to students who plan to attend either Central Connecticut State University or the University of Hartford. For more information, visit Awards and Scholarships.

Graduation Honors

Students who have demonstrated exemplary academic performance will be recognized at graduation with the following honors:

  • Summa Cum Laude/Highest Honorsfor students with a 3.9-4.0 grade point average
  • Magna Cum Laude/High Honors – for students with a 3.7-3.89 grade point average
  • Cum Laude/Honors – for students with a 3.4-3.69 grade point average

In addition, the Board of Regents Medallion for Academic Excellence is given to graduating students who have earned perfect 4.0s and who have completed at least half of their requirements at the college where their degree is being awarded.

Graduation Designations

Graduating students who have completed at least 30 credits at Manchester Community College are eligible for consideration as valedictorian or salutatorian. Among the eligible students:

  • the student with the highest cumulative grade point average will be named the valedictorian, and 
  • the student with the second highest cumulative grade point average will be named the salutatorian.

College Governance

Manchester Community College is committed to providing broad access to information on how the college is governed. In order to encourage input and decentralization in decision-making at the college, there are three policy-making bodies, each with the responsibility and authority to determine and advise on college policies and politics—the Academic Senate, the College Senate and the Student Government Association. For more information, visit College Governance.

Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body of elected and non-elected students who act as the official voice of the student body as a whole. The SGA sets the amount of the student activity fee and uses these funds to sponsor a wide variety of clubs, organizations, activities and services. Students interested in adding leadership roles to their resume should consider participating in the SGA. The SGA provides students with real-life experience and training in a democratic form of government. For more information, visit Student Government Association.

University of Connecticut Guaranteed Admissions Program

The guaranteed admission program is a transfer agreement between MCC and University of Connecticut that guarantees admission to the university provided certain requirements are met. To qualify for this program,  students must have:

  • completed up to 30 transferable credits at MCC,
  • earned a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (3.3 for transfer to the university’s School of Business), and
  • received an associate degree in Liberal Arts.

If the requirements are met, students may then transfer to the University of Connecticut and major in one of more than 50 majors offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources; or the School of Business. For more information, visit UConn Guaranteed Admissions Program.