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University Honors Program

University Honors Program


Students are transformed through their University Honors experience.


University Honors is committed to helping students maximize their educational opportunities at UC while discovering and pursuing their passions in life and using their gifts and talents to make meaningful contributions to society.

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:

  • Community engagement
  • Global studies
  • Leadership
  • Research & creative arts

UHP Statistics and Student Profile

  • 1300 students across all undergraduate colleges
  • Average entering ACT score - 31.7 for 2013 entering class
  • 350 incoming freshmen each year

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UHP Framework & Benefits

The purpose of the University Honors Program at UC is not about doing more or harder work because you are an honors student. Rather, it is about finding meaning and deeper learning in what you are already doing. It’s about discovering and diving into your passions. It’s about trying new things, taking risks and learning in areas that you might otherwise not have engaged. It’s about applying your knowledge and skills in real-world settings. Finally, it’s about transformation - academically, personally and professionally.

Benefits of Participation:

  • Honors advising (in addition to college advising)
    • Individual and flexible plan for each student based on unique interests, goals and passions
  • Grant funding
    • Experiential learning projects
    • Honors seminars with international and domestic travel
    • Presentations at academic or professional conferences
  • Access to small, interdisciplinary honors seminars
    • Taught by top faculty at UC
    • New seminars offered each semester that satisfy general education requirements
  • Engagement in special programs
    • LeaderShape Institute
    • Biomedical Research Mentoring Program
    • Alternative break programs focused on service-learning
  • Student leadership opportunities
    • Welcome Retreat coordinators and leaders
    • Peer leaders for Gateway to University Honors
    • Honors ambassadors
    • On-site coordinators for the LeaderShape Institute
  • Social events
    • University Honors Association
    • UHP Homecoming Cookout
    • UHP Open Houses (fall and spring semester)
  • Network and community building opportunities
    • Students, faculty, staff, alumni and other friends of the program
    • Letters of recommendation from your honors advisor and honors faculty
  • Social/study space in the honors suite including a lounge, computer lab, and conference room
  • Learning portfolio
    • Provides an opportunity for students to reflect on and integrate their experiences
  • Honors housing in Morgens, Turner and Daniels Halls and the Stratford Heights Complex
  • Priority registration*
    • UHP students register for classes before other students. *This benefit begins with registration for spring semester of your first year. Due to the nature and complexity of freshman orientation, we are not able to provide this benefit for registration for your first fall semester.
  • University recognition and invitation to our annual Graduation Celebration
    • Graduates receive a medal which is worn to University Commencement
    • Personal congratulations at the ceremony from UC President Santa Ono (subject to the President's availability each year)
    • UHP designation included on transcript and diploma


Please contact us at or 513-556-6254.

Honors Seminar on Etiquette and Professional Image
Honors Seminar on the Arts and Crafts Movement
Honors Study Tour in Moscow
Honors Study Tour to India
UHP welcome Retreat for First Year Students Kicking-Off

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. Currently, the University Honors Program serves students from every undergraduate college on campus.