Our Students

Who are they?

The Smittcamp Family Honors College is home to a small group of exceptional students. President’s Scholars are a highly motivated group of learners who are dedicated to achievement in the classroom and the community.  

Where do they come from?

Most President's Scholars come from California, with a few joining us from other states and even from outside the continental United States. Their cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds vary widely. A diverse group, they not only achieve knowledge through our program, but through one another as well.

What are they like?

You might be surprised. Sure our President's Scholars work hard, but the Honors College is made up of a diverse, fun, and dynamic group of outgoing and highly sociable individuals. President's Scholars are involved in a variety of campus activities including Bulldog athletics, clubs, student government and the performing arts.

Why did they choose The Smittcamp Family Honors College?

Most President's Scholars graduated at or near the top of their high school classes. Their academic achievements and test scores allowed them to attend most any college of their choosing. But they chose Smittcamp. Why? A recent survey of our students highlights some of the reasons:

  • Scholarship award comparable to in-state tuition
  • Priority registration
  • Personal attention and advisement
  • Excellent faculty
  • Reputable university
  • Challenging, engaging coursework
  • Opportunity to learn with a small group of like-minded students
  • Close to home
  • Potential for life-long bonds of friendship and support

The Council of President's Scholars

As the student government board for the Honors College, The Council of President's Scholars (COPS) is responsible for coordinating extracurricular activities and developing opportunities.

Representation on the Honors Council

One President's Scholar from each class serves as a member of the Honors Council and has a voice in the operation of the Honors College.