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Program Overview

CSUB has offered special honors classes for its very best students since the fall of 1980. What began as a two-year general education Honors Program was expanded to a four-year program in 1998 when Mrs. Helen Hawk Windes, a local philanthropist, donated one million dollars in support of its activities. Approximately 300 students are currently enrolled in the Hawk Honors Program, which provides classes with CSUB's finest faculty members, registration priority, scholarships, enjoyable social events, a special honors lounge, and other unique educational opportunities available only to members of this distinctive program. Unlike honors courses traditionally offered at the high school level, the honors classes at CSUB are not graded more severely than their non-honors counterparts. These courses do, however, provide a chance for our top students to interact with other extremely bright, high-achieving undergraduates from throughout our service region in classes that are exciting, stimulating, and intellectually challenging.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted directly from high school, students must fulfill one of the following criteria: (1) an SAT score of 1180 or above (on critical reading and math only), (2) an ACT score of 26 or above, or (3) a high school GPA of 3.80 or above (with at least an 1120 on the SAT or a 24 on the ACT). Transfer students or CSUB continuing students may be admitted to the program at the junior level if they have earned at least a 3.50 GPA in their first two years of college.

Graduation Awards

Students who complete all four years of the program will receive special recognition in the graduation program and on their transcripts, plus a beautiful gold and silver honors medal.

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The Helen Louise Hawk Honors Program

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022

Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley
Phone: 661-654-2249