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Admission to University Honors: Current UC Students

Apply for University Honors

Are you a UC undergraduate student motivated to excel both in and out of the classroom? Are you looking to use your gifts and talents to explore your passions and make a difference on campus, in your local communities, or around the world? Do you want to be part of an innovative and inclusive community of driven student leaders with unique access to inspiring faculty and staff? 

If you've answered yes to any of those questions, then the University Honors Program is the place for you. We offer a number of unique benefits and exclusive opportunities to enable students to maximize on their undergraduate experiences. By graduation, we help students become global citizen scholars who lead innovative efforts to solving the world's complex problems.   

All students will be expected to complete all the requirements of all UHP students, which includes five experiences by graduation. While some opportunities in college prior to acceptance may count retroactively toward those five required experiences, at least one experience must be completed after conclusion of the Gateway to University Honors course. As a result, most successful candidates will apply during their first or second year.

Application Timeline 

The next application period will open Fall 2020. The application opens mid to late September.  

If you are interested in being added to our outreach list to receive updates on next fall's process, email us: honors@uc.edu. Let us know you'd like to receive more information about the transition process. 

 

Eligibility

  • Current UC undergraduate, baccalaureate student 
  • Overall GPA of 3.2 after Fall 2020
  • Graduating Spring 2022 or later
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Application Process Details

The transition application process is for current UC undergraduate students. Students who are transferring to UC from another university and are interested in applying to the UHP should apply through the transfer process.  

By completing the online application, you are authorizing UHP staff to review your UC academic record. This review will be to affirm that you meet the 3.2 GPA requirement and undergraduate, baccalaureate-seeking UC student. First-year students are eligible to apply as final decisions won't be made until the conclusion of fall semester when grades are finalized. 

The application will require that you submit an updated resume. We suggest that you list any campus or community engagements. High school experiences are still valuable, especially for first-year students. Consider leadership, individual and team activities, competitive events, study abroad, activism or other extracurricular activities in addition to any work history. Knowing what you have engaged in so far in your UC experience is very important to our selection process.

Gateway to University Honors Class

All new students admitted in Spring 2021 are required to enroll in the one credit hour Gateway to University Honors course (HNRS1010). At this time, we will offer three sections- you must be able to enroll in one of these class sections:  

  • Section 001 - Mondays, 2:30- 4:20pm
  • Section 002 - Tuesdays, 2:00- 3:50pm
  • Section 003 -  Wednesdays 3:35- 5:25pm

All sections will begin meeting the first week of the spring semester. 

All students must take HNRS1010 in the spring. Students with academic conflicts, co-op, or study abroad who can demonstrate unavoidable conflicts that are requirements of their academic plans may be permitted to take an online version of the course. Space is limited to only students who demonstrate these conflicts. Student organizations, volunteer opportunities, commutes and work schedules are typically not acceptable reasons.  

Gateway to University Honors (HNRS1010) does NOT carry a fee.  If the student is taking the maximum number of credit hours (18) as a full-time student, s/he can still enroll in the class without being charged additional tuition fees.  Students must receive authorization from their college academic advisor to register for the 19th credit hour.

Consider Participating in an Honors Seminar

UC undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than a 3.2 are eligible to enroll in honors seminars if space is available in the class. Students should contact University Honors for permission to enroll. If the seminar has a study abroad component, students must complete the required application and interview to be considered. 

Questions?

Contact us at honors@uc.edu or 513-556-6254.