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Program & Benefits

The Des Moines Area Community College Honors Program is the first, full-fledged, 20-credit honors program at an Iowa community college. The program is designed for students with high academic standards to expand their boundaries and better prepare them to enter the workforce or continue to an honors program at a four-year college or university. The mission is to provide quality, student-centered education and opportunities for leadership, service, and research that challenge and stimulate students with high academic standards.


  • Opportunity to receive merit-based Honors tuition awards 
  • Opportunity to take degreed-program courses as Honors courses through contracts or special sections with honors faculty 
  • Opportunity to register for classes before other students
  • Access to an Honors advisor
  • Notation of Honors degree or Honors course credits on transcript to increase transfer opportunities to 4-year honors programs or increased job opportunities
  • Opportunity to wear Honors recognitionmedallion at graduation
  • Access to Honors rooms on most campuses
  • Enrollment in Honors courses with a low student-teacher ratio
  • Extracurricular enhancements, such as field trips, speaker series, social and cultural events, and regional and national Honors conferences
  • Acceptance into 4-year college or university Honors Programs

Graduating with honors distinction

Meet requirements for a two-year degree with a cumulative G.P.A of 3.5

Complete a minimum of 20 credits of honors courses at DMACC (previously approved by Excecutive Vice-President or Director of Honors—may be designated honors sections or standard sections with individual contract signed by honors professor and Director of Honors). Classes will be traditional face-to-face courses taken on DMACC campuses or at DMACC centers (online or concurrent enrollment classes in high schools may not be taken for honors credit). Students entering the program with 30+ credits will be required to complete 10 Honors credits.