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Ralph Bunche Scholars Program

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About the Scholars Program

The Ralph Bunche Scholars Program (RBS) at Los Angeles City College prepares students for transfer and the rigors of academic work at a four-year university.

Requirements for Students Upon Completing the Scholars Program:
  • Complete four STEM or five non-STEM scholars courses
  • Earn a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Complete an outside public service project
  • Write a university-level research paper

It is best for students to finish all requirements within two years. It is recommended that you take at least two honors sections per semester. Upon completion of the requirements, students are certified as Ralph Bunche Scholars. This honor greatly increases a student's chances to be accepted for transfer in today's highly competitive world.

RBS offers a rigorous curriculum, seminars, and enrichment activities. Student scholars interact, collaborate, and learn from professors that have been educated in some of the best universities here and abroad.

Additional Benefits of Participating in RBS:
  • Priority consideration to certain four-year universities
  • Increased collaboration with faculty and scholars
  • Participation in a learning community
  • Academic advising from our Honors Counselors
  • Scholar's designation on transcripts
  • Opportunity to present research at annual Honors Research Conference at UC Irvine (Spring), and other conferences
  • Library privileges at UCLA
  • Specialized meetings, get-togethers, trips, seminars

Successful completion of the requirements provides the best pathway for transfer to many of the most competitive colleges and universities in the nation. Scholars are given top priority for admission to major public and private universities. Over the past few years we have successfully placed our scholars at:

  • University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League school)
  • MIT
  • Stanford
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC San Diego
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • Claremont Colleges: Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps Colleges

Students also become eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an International Honors Society. Many prestigious colleges and universities grant scholarships and aid to our PTK students upon acceptance. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply to PTK.

 Contact Us

SSB 234
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2340

 Office Hours

Summer 2019 Office Hours

The office will be closed for the Summer Semester and re-open on Monday, August 12.
If you have urgent matters, please email

 Online Transfer Certification

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For transferring to California State Universities

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For transferring to University of California campuses

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Phone: 323.953.4000


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