University Honors Program

Passionate People 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.

Signature Programs

UHP Discover

This signature undergraduate research program engages UHP students in full-time summer research with UC faculty mentors in the humanities, social sciences, education, business, music, arts, and other non-STEMM disciplines.

Biomedical RaMP

The Biomedical Research and Mentoring Program (RaMP) is a pre-approved honors experience geared towards first- and second-year UHP students interested in gaining research experience. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows mentor undergraduate UHP students in their research labs.

Tales of Resilience

Tales of Resilience is a pre-approved honors experience that promotes empathy and fellowship through shared storytelling. The group will engage in tabletop role-playing in a fantasy setting, using the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition System. No prior experience with this game is required to participate.

Student Leader Roundtable

UHP students are leaders in almost every aspect of the campus and local community, so we are providing a space for UHP student leaders across campus to collaborate with and learn from each other. Students will navigate the challenges and opportunities in leading student groups in today’s constantly changing landscape.

Student & Alumni Spotlights

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Zumbi Rodriguez

DAAP - Industrial Design

Experiences Completed: AACRC Transitions Program, AACRC Spring Break Tour, Student Orientation Leader

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University Honors in the News


With UC, you see the world

September 19, 2023

Study abroad is back to 75% of pre-COVID levels at the University of Cincinnati, and a wide variety of international study options is available to students in any program. Where do you see yourself in the world?


UC geography study tour spans 36 years in Yucatan

July 26, 2023

University of Cincinnati Department of Geography Robert South leads 29th “sequent occupance” study abroad tour of the Yucatan since he created the program in 1987, showing the students the interaction of cultures over time in that landscape.


WVXU: How university co-op programs help reduce student debt

July 17, 2023

After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a plan to cancel student debt, many borrowers will have to start paying back their loans later this year. UC started its co-op program more than 100 years ago and continues to create more experienced-based learning opportunities for its students, even helping some students graduate debt free.

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