The University of Connecticut Honors Program has a long history that began nearly fifty years ago, and has grown into a vibrant community of 1,800 students spanning all of UConn’s undergraduate schools and colleges. Led by Director Jennifer Lease Butts, guided by the Honors Board of Associate Directors, and supported by a dedicated staff, the Honors Program prepares students not just academically, but socially and culturally as well. Click the following link for the newest Honors Fact Sheet.
Pillars of Honors
At some point during your introduction to the Honors Program, and likely during your time here as a student, you will probably hear our staff refer to the four Honors “pillars.” That is how we define the guiding principles that hold up the structure of the program, which are at the center of our greater vision and mission.
Honors students may choose from a wide array of classes designed with high achievers in mind: Honors courses, Honors sections, courses converted to Honors credit, and graduate-level study. Classes are small, instructed by faculty members, offer opportunities for discussion and debate, and push their students to actively participate in the learning process.
Personalized collegiate environment
As an Honors student, you will have a supportive framework of professionals to help guide your undergraduate years. This includes a faculty advisor within your school/college, a thesis advisor, expert teaching faculty, and staff members that span all Honors and Enrichment programs.
Through special housing, events, programs, student organizations, and off-campus experiences specifically for our students, the Honors Program is committed to developing confident, responsible, curious, and thoughtful citizens, not just highly trained professionals.
Engagement and leadership beyond the classroom
Education does not end at walls of a lecture hall. With access to social and cultural opportunities, research, overseas study, in-depth discussion sections, student groups, and service work, Honors students learn that knowledge comes from any challenge. (These lessons in life-long learning are ones our alumni cite as the most valuable lessons of all!)