Why Honors

students gathered on stairs with notebooks and laptops

A common question students have is, "Why should I commit my time to this program? What are the benefits? What do I get out of it?" Choosing to participate in the University Honors Program isn't just an academic decision; it's a stop towards realizing your fullest potention. We don't just promise to amplify your excellent UC education; we offer a transformational journey equipped with both tangible and intangible benefits designed to prepare you for a successful and fulfilling future. 

Tangible Benefits

Priority Registration

Get first access to course registrations, ensuring you can always enroll in the classes that best fit your academic and personal schedule. This allows you to avoid conflicts to pursue the opportunities that matter most to you.

Priority Housing for First-Year Students

Enjoy the privilege of priority housing, improving your chances to find the comfort and community conducive to your needs from day one.

Exclusive Opportunities

Access unique opportunities in research, leadership, collaborative storytelling and honors seminars/study tours that set UHP students apart.

Honors Grants

Benefit from grants allocated to support opportunities like study abroad, creative works, research and self-designed projects.

Individualized Advising

Receive personalize guidance from dedicated advisors who can help you navigate your college and campus to effectively navigate your unique goals and challenges.

Social and Service Events

Join a vibrant community of scholars and leaders at social events and Days of Service to build a network of motivated peers across campus.

Leadership Opportunities

Step into diverse leadership roles within the program such as UHP Ambassadors and Belong Coordinators to develop your skills represent students in the UHP.

Student-Centered Space

Positioned in the middle of the Uptown Campus in Swift Hall, the UHP suite offers a lounge, kitchen, innovative classroom, and various spaces for students to meet, study, and engage in numerous activities and events. 

Graduation Ceremony and Transcript

Celebrate your achievement with a special graduation ceremony and receive honors designation on your transcript, highlighting your commitment to excellence.

Intangible Benefits

Mentorship and Coaching

Gain invaluable insights and guidance from experienced advisors and instructors who help you navigate often complex academic, personal, and career paths.

Impact of Reflection

Engaging in structured reflection enhances self-awareness, learning and personal growth that is proven to help students be more intentional and thus maximize their opportunities.

Professional Readiness

The University Honors Program equips you with professional skills, ethics, and resilience to not only open the next door but excel once you're there, whether the next steps are graduate school, a career, or service.