University Honors Program

Global Citizen Scholars Changing the World

The University Honors Program (UHP) 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. We believe experiential learning and consistent reflection can help students leave their unique imprint on campus and in their communities.

The University Honors Program comprises students in the top 7% of University of Cincinnati undergraduates, nearly 1500 in total across all nine undergraduate colleges. We offer an inclusive community in which students are inspired to make an impact from their very first semester on campus. Our students focus on UC's Next Lives Here core values of inclusion, innovation, and impact to then graduate among the most competitive professionals in the world.

To that end, we are invested in developing students into global citizen scholars who lead innovative efforts toward solving the world's complex problems.

What makes UHP Different?

  • Honors housing communities on campus
  • Priority course registration
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Personalized Honors advising
  • Exclusive research opportunities

Interested in Joining University Honors?

Do you strive to be an engaged student passionate about making an impact in your field, on campus, in your communtiies, or across the world? Are you looking for a program that will encourage you to explore your interests and provide support to maximize your opportunities? Each fall, the University Honors Program recruits new students who are excited to join this community of diverse scholars to be better leaders, innovators, and explorers.

Fall applications for current UC students will open September 13 and close November 26. High school students must indicate their interest in being considered through the Common Application, which must be submitted by December 1. Click the appropriate link below for more details.

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University Honors in the News


The next generation of care

April 15, 2024

University of Cincinnati student-led nonprofit organization Parkinson's Together takes a multidisciplinary approach to meeting the needs of patients with Parkinson's disease in their community. Now it's setting a model for student organizations across the country.


UC engineering co-op medalist excels through 6 co-op experiences

April 15, 2024

Ever since she garnered an appreciation for chemistry in high school, fifth-year University of Cincinnati student Jaclyn Bashore has not looked back. When she graduates with a chemical engineering degree and a minor in chemistry this spring, Bashore will have had six co-op experiences — along with a new full-time job at AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical research company with whom she did two co-op rotations. To commemorate her exceptional co-op work, the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science awarded Bashore the 2024 Herman Schneider Medal, an annual award given to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding success as a co-op student.


UC students see rapid rise with their startup idea

March 14, 2024

Two University of Cincinnati students gave themselves just 30 minutes to come up with an idea for a startup business. Not only did they succeed, their idea has won multiple pitch competitions in the past year. Joe Kuncheria Panjikaran and Aniruddhan Ramesh are the founders of PhizzIO (pronounced “fizz-e-oh”), a startup that’s creating a business-to-business solution to improve physical therapy.


Lindner student named to Schwarzman Scholars class of 2024-25

December 7, 2023

Carl H. Lindner College of Business student Lance Entsuah, BA ’24, recently earned admission to the prestigious Schwarzman Scholars program that offers a one-year, fully funded master’s degree program in global affairs from Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College in Beijing, China.

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