By Julian Mitchell
The ambition and excitement for what lies ahead was palpable in the Bronco Student Center’s Ursa Major suite this past Saturday, the site for hundreds of high school students and family to get their first look at attending college.
The Kellogg Honors College (KHC) invited the students to get a first hand college experience, while also inviting all to apply for the Honors program.
“We’re looking for is a student who will blossom with a like-minded cohort of students,” said Suketu Bhavsar, Director of KHC.
The event ran for much of Saturday morning and stretched into the afternoon, focusing on explaining to families not only how KHC works, but college in general.
In addition to general meetings, students also split into groups based on their respective colleges to discuss in greater detail what their plans for the near future.
The general meeting filled up both suites of Ursa Major and was hosted by Bhavsar and Amanda Podany, a professor in the History Department who helps with admissions for KHC.
“Students are admitted on the basis of writing four essays and our interpretation of the essays,” said Podany.
The application process is separate from the application process to Cal Poly Pomona, which students will also have to complete.
The admissions committee only examines the essays that are apart of the application process for KHC.
SAT and other pre-collegiate test scores are also reviewed before admittance.
“We want you to show us who you are,” said Podany.
“If you have a passion, share it with us. We want to know what drives you.”
KHC is open not only to incoming freshman, but all transfer students as well as students who have already completed their first year at CPP.
“Our focus is on undergraduates. We love undergraduates,” stated Dr. Podany while discussing the difference between California State Universities and the Universities of California.
Bhavsar expanded on this thought, saying that many of his former students have said they felt much better prepared for graduate school as compared to some of their fellow students.
The Honors program features unique classes once admitted as well as a senior capstone project.
The capstone project is individual research and thesis work that can be done in any field, according to Bhavsar.
Additionally, Honors students receive unique opportunities to take trips outside of class, such as going to see Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Theater or a trip to Joshua Tree.
The deadline for applications is February 15th and requires a 3.5 GPA for first year CPP students or a 3.8 GPA for incoming transfer students.
Julian Mitchell / The Poly Post
Hundreds of high school students and their families visited the campus for a glimpse into the college experience
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