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Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College

An Honors Community focused on Service Learning

Honors Application is now open

Apply to the Honors College

Admission Consideration:

The Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College admits students who seek Honors College Distinction from Palm Beach State College in the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.

There is no additional fee for applying to the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College.

1. Students Entering Palm Beach State College as First-Time-in-College-Students

Students are eligible to apply to the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College if they meet one of the following recommended admission criteria for First-Time-In-College Students:

Earned a 3.5 unweighted high school GPA and have college ready placement test scores

- OR -

Meet one of the following placement test score sets:

  • SAT - 1200- min. 600 Reading and Writing, 600 Math
  • ACT - Average score of 24 ( English, Reading, and Math)
  • Pert - 113 reading, 123 math, 123 writing

Please note that High School Dual Enrollment and Early Admit students do not receive early registration.

2. Current Palm Beach State College Students/Transfer Students

Students who are currently enrolled at Palm Beach State College or who have recently transferred are eligible to apply to the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College.

  • Cumulative college level GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • A minimum of nine (9) college credit hours completed and must not have over 42 semester hours of college credit.

3. Five-Year Rule Students

Transcripts more than five years old will not be used against students to determine admission consideration into the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College. Students will be eligible to apply if they meet the following:

  • Cumulative college level of GPA of 3.5 or higher from Palm Beach State College
  • A minimum of nine (9) Palm Beach State College credit hours completed and no more than 42 semester hours of college credit from Palm Beach State.

Admissions Timeline

The Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College is on a rolling admission basis. Applications will be reviewed once a week on Wednesdays (excluding holidays). Any application received after the day will be reviewed the following week.

Students will be notified upon receipt that the application has been submitted. Students will be notified of their admission status no later than two weeks of receipt.

Students who are accepted into the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College are required to attend an Honors College student information session during the first semester of joining the Honors College.

Admission Requirements for the Honors College

Honors Silver & Gold Tracks to Graduation


Honors College StudentThe Honors Silver provides flexibility for students who want the honors experience

but who may not be able to complete the requirements of the Honors Diploma.


The Honors Gold is intended for students who want a more intense honors experience and is especially recommended for students who plan to transfer to an upper-division Honors College or Honors Program.


Graduates of either track are eligible for honors-specific transfer scholarships (e.g., FAU Community College Honors Scholarship).



Honors Silver Track

Silver Track requirements:

  • Complete 12 credit hours honors work (any combination of honors classes or honors project contracts);
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5;
  • Earn at least a B in each honors class or honorized class;
  • Earn at least 20 points on the Honors Point System.

 Honors Gold Track

Gold Track requirements:

  • Complete 21 total credit hours of honors work, of which
    • Three (3)credit hours must be IDH2105, “Knowledge Through the Ages;"
    • No more that 6 credit hours can be in honors projects;
  • Earn at least a B in each honors class or honorized class;
  • Earn at least 40 points on the Honors Point System

Honors College Events


About Us

Purpose of the Honors College

President Parkers and Honors Students In keeping with the mission of Palm Beach State College, the purpose of the Honors College is to provide a challenging and supportive academic environment.

Encourage students to think critically, demonstrate leadership and develop ethical standards. Allow students to pursue an interactive learning experience

Provide students with creative and comprehensive understanding of concepts in an interdisciplinary and global context.

Honors students and faculty share a commitment and civic responsibility that extends beyond the classroom to local, national, and international communities.


Student Testimonials 

Hailey and Hannah Lord, and Bryan Demacedo are proud recipients of PBSC Honors College Scholarships, watch as they explain the benefits these scholarships afford them. 

[Watch the videos]


Honors Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is comprised of faculty and staff members who serve as the governing body for the Honors College. The list of committee members for 2019-2020 can be found here.


Contact Us

Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College
Center for Bachelor Degree Programs | Room CBP 314.1
4200 Congress Avenue MS #29
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Phone (561) 868-3895 | Email:

Facebook iconConnect With Us! Honors College page  |  Honors Alumni page

Benefits of the Honors College


Palm Beach State College is a member of the following Honors organizations: National Collegiate Honors Council, Southern Regional Honors Council and the Florida Collegiate Honors Council. Students and faculty interested in attending the national, regional or state conferences should contact the Honors Program Manager. Conference information:


Palm Beach State College (PBSC) Scholarships

Scholarship Information
Name Award Renewable? Deadline Other Requirements

Presidential Honors College Scholarship

(Open to current high school graduates only)

$4000 per year (2017-2018) 

$6000 per year (2018-2019)

Yes (2 Yrs)   
  • Weighted GPA: 3.5
  • SAT/ACT:1170/24
  • Recipients must participate in the Honors
  • Recipients must seek the
  • Honors Gold track
  • Financial Aid (more Info...)
Honors College Merit Award $500 (Fall)
$500 (Spring)
Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Scholarship

(Open to 1 of 13 top performers per semester Fall or Spring)

  • Automatic Consideration
  • Reviewed on Merit
  • Must inform us if you are graduating 
Stewart Honors College Scholarship

$500 (Fall)
$500 (Spring)

  • Good academic standing
  • Full time or part time
  • Completed 6 credits of honor coursework
  • Must have 5 honor activity points


Transfer Scholarships - FIU and FAU

Students are encouraged to begin applying to transfer scholarships 

  • Apply one semester before graduating from the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College.
  • Scholarships available at Florida International University (FIU) and Florida Atlantic University (FAU)


Other Benefits of 

  • Recognition at Graduation
  • Service Learning Opportunities
  • Conference Attendance
  • Developing Academic Excellence


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