University Honors ProgramUniversity of Cincinnati

University Honors Program

First-Year Experience

Your success is very important to us! In order to help our new students get off to a good start and ease the transition to college, the University Honors Program has developed a series of Honors First-Year Experience (FYE) programs.

University Honors FYE programs are designed to assist you in the transition to college and to Honors. Some are required of all incoming honors first-year students and some are optional but highly encouraged. Here is a list for your quick reference:


An integral part of the first year in the University Honors Program is developing a meaningful relationship with members of the honors community. We encourage you to connect with other first-year students and upper-class students. Together, you can inspire each other to use your gifts and talents to make a difference on campus and in the community.

You are encouraged to use your first year to begin exploring your interests and passions. Take some time to consider your values, your interest, and your goals. Try a new club or organization. Go out of your way to introduce yourself to someone new. The University of Cincinnati and the University Honors Program will provide you with many opportunities -- your challenge will be to decide what to do first!

Advice for First-Year Honors Students

"Your college experience is entirely what you make of it. Don't wait to get involved on campus or in the community, especially if you're passionate about something. Though academics are always a top priority, the experiences you have outside the classroom may teach you more than any lecture alone could."

-- Sophie Shemas, Environmental Studies student

"Invest in others: help others grow and bring out the best in time; it will help you as well as them. Changing majors is scary, but it will be okay. Don't worry about what your friends say and that they might graduate earlier - do what you're passionate about!"

-- Eric Fash, Marketing student

"Never be afraid to ask.‚Äč College is a place of learning. So if you don't know something, ASK! Don't be afraid to learn. Don't be ashamed of what you don't know. Alternatively, if you want something... ASK! Interested in the work a prof is doing? Want to get a leadership position in that club you are in? Dying to talk to that really cute guy that sits next to you in bio (I'm just kidding... or am I?)... ASK! Be open and tell yourself that you are worth it to go after something you are passionate about."

-- Emma Fox, Neuropsychology, Spanish, International Human Rights student

"Remember that high school is different than college-- in more ways than one. Be willing to embrace new experiences, new friendships, new challenges, and new ideas. College is a time for you to reflect on who you've been and the person you want to become. Be open to whatever is in store!"

-- Erin Alanson, Assistant Director, University Honors Program

Gateway to University Honors

First-year students discuss their goals and passions in Gateway to University Honors

University Honors Retreat

First-year students get to know one another during the Welcome Retreat

University Honors Association

First-year students take on leadership roles in the University Honors Association