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University Honors Program

Group discussion at LeaderShape 2015


Developing students into global citizen scholars who lead innovative efforts toward solving the world’s complex problems.


The University Honors Program is committed to offering students an individualized, student-centered approach to a meaningful undergraduate experience. To that end, we are dedicated to:

  • Promoting activities that lead students to discover their passions and enhance their gifts and talents.
  • Coaching students to purposefully engage in experiential learning opportunities and reflection to maximize and integrate their learning.
  • Fostering a community that prioritizes transformational personal development, civic participation, and global responsibility.

About the University Honors Program (UHP)

The UHP comprises the top 7% of University of Cincinnati undergraduate students and offers an engaging environment in which students are inspired to experience more and learn more. Students are provided with exceptional learning opportunities through which they can take full advantage of their college experience and develop academically, professionally and personally.

The UC experience of these academically talented and motivated students is enriched through honors seminars and experiences, which provide students with opportunities for experiential, interdisciplinary, reflective and integrative learning.

UHP students own their honors experience and are challenged through honors seminars and experiential learning projects that focus on:

UHP Statistics and Student Profile

  • 1300 students across all undergraduate colleges
  • Average entering ACT score - 32 for the 2015 entering class
  • 350 incoming freshmen each year

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Please contact us at or 513-556-6254.

15SS Students in Tanzania

History of Honors at UC

The history of the University Honors Program dates back to the late 1960's, when it was a College of Arts and Sciences program known as the the McMicken Honors Program. In 1991, the program became  university-wide and was known as the Honors Scholars Program. In 2007, the program was completely revised and the name was changed to the University Honors Program. The University Honors Program continues to serve students from every undergraduate college on campus.