What is the Kellogg Honors College?

The Kellogg Honors College (KHC) is a diverse community of hard-working, civically minded, and intellectually curious students. KHC provides an inclusive, enriching and intellectually stimulating community for our students as they pursue their academic goals within their respective majors. We provide an environment that fosters involvement, passion, and curiosity. KHC augments students’ scholastic experience through individual advising and mentoring to support personal and intellectual growth and successful program completion. Honors faculty promote active and reflective learning through innovative pedagogy. The KHC also fosters a nurturing and inclusive social environment where students are regularly engaged with their peers through community service projects as well as participate in social and cultural events. Through involvement in activities such as tutoring, leadership in student organizations, residence halls, and in the classroom, the Honors community is a catalyst for inclusive excellence throughout the university.

What do KHC students do?

KHC students take honors sections for several of their required classes, have access to a community space for learning and socializing (Honors Commons), have funded opportunities to attend local, state and national conferences, attend cultural events such as plays and opera, get individual advising and mentoring and are eligible to receive priority registration. Honors classes are taught by selected faculty and limited to just 20 students. These classes often include added depth and breadth, PolyX activities, and therefore are often more enriching than other courses. Graduating KHC students report that honors classes are among the most fun, interesting, and memorable aspects of being in the KHC community.

Requirements to maintain good standing in the Kellogg Honors College include: 3.30 or higher Cal Poly Pomona GPA, approximately 15 hours of civic engagement (community service) per year, and full-time enrollment. Honors students must complete a minimum number of honors courses before graduation to earn Honors distinction on their transcripts and diploma. KHC students must also complete the "Honors Capstone," which is an independent undergraduate research project mentored by a faculty member and typically completed in spring semester of a student’s final year. Every Capstone project is presented in a conference-like setting at the KHC Convocation held in April.

How do I apply?

The KHC application is a separate process and open to all applicants to CPP. The application is holistic, asking for only a cover letter, brief resume, and one short essay. A committee of Cal Poly faculty evaluate these materials and help us choose students that embrace the values of our community and have a willingness to contribute to building that community. These values include, but are not limited to, a strong work ethic, intellectual curiosity, potential for innovation, and civic mindedness. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply as either First year, Sophomore, or Transfer applicants. A special recruitment event called the Showcase of Excellence is held every spring semester for current high school seniors and community college transfers who applied to the university.


The Kellogg Honors College formed in the spring of 2003 with 46 students as the Cal Poly Pomona Honors Program. In 2005, the Honors Program was renamed the Kellogg Honors College after a generous donation from Jean Kellogg. Over the last 10 years, the Kellogg Honors College has grown to 330 students.