The Honors Program provides an extensive system of academic advising. Every Honors student is assigned an Honors faculty or staff academic advisor to help you understand Honors and degree requirements, enroll in courses, and plan for your future.
Honors advisors are specially trained about Honors requirements as well as general and departmental requirements. You and your academic advisor will work together during your time at UConn to plan and oversee your course of study. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to know and complete all requirements for graduation.
How Are Honors Advisors Assigned?
- You will be assigned an Honors advisor during the summer prior to starting at UConn. Need help finding your advisor? If you have already declared a major, you will be assigned a faculty Honors advisor in the department of your major.
- If you are in the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) in a pre-professional program or have not yet decided on your major, you will be assigned to the Honors ACES Advisor.
- If you are majoring in certain schools or fields (e.g. School of Business, biology), you will be assigned a professional (non-faculty) Honors advisor for the first year or two. When you are farther along in your program, you will automatically be switched to a faculty Honors advisor.
- Learn more about current Honors advisors.
What If I Change Majors?
- If you change majors, you will need to change advisors.
- The Honors Program will assign you a new advisor. Make sure you contact the Honors Program when you officially change majors. In some cases, your new department may make the change.
- Check the Student Admin System to make sure your advisor has been changed.
- Raises your Student Admin bar for registration
- Helps you select courses
- Provides major-related advice
- Signs all forms (e.g. course conversions, plans of study, thesis plan)
- Reviews and provides departmental approval for your Honors thesis
- Helps in securing research and internship opportunities
- Consults about career or graduate school plans, and Assists in establishing professional connections for future work or study
Every UConn major has at least one dedicated Honors advisor. Many majors have a number of faculty members who work as advisors to Honors students. In a few majors (for example, biology), your initial Honors advisor will be a professional staff member who will get to know you and your interests; in your later years of study, you will work with a faculty Honors advisor. Honors students in ACES work with Dr. Jessamy Hoffmann, Assistant Director of the Honors Program, until they choose a major or are admitted to the professional school of their choice.
The most current Honors Advisor list (PDF) is organized by college and school and then alphabetically by major. Your Honors advisor will be on this list. Your advisor listed in the Student Adminstration System will also be your Honors advisor unless you are enrolled in the Neag School of Education or the School of Nursing. All Honors students (including education and nursing majors) must meet with the appropriate Honors advisor regarding Honors matters.
Key to schools and colleges
- UACES: Advising Center for Exploratory Students
- UAGNR: College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
- UBUSN: School of Business
- UCLAS: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- UEDUC: Neag School of Education
- UEGBU: Joint Program: Schools of Business and Engineering
- UENGR: School of Engineering
- UFNAR: School of Fine Arts
- UNURS: School of Nursing
- UPHAR&DP: School of Pharmacy, including Doctor of Pharmacy Program
- UAVYP: UConn Avery Point
- USTAM: UConn Stamford Campus
- UZGEN: Other Honors advisors (including pre-professional advisors)
- Make sure you know the name of your advisor.
- Find out when your advisor is available to meet with you. All faculty members should post office hours on their departmental websites. You can also email your advisor or search AdvApp to try to make an appointment.
- You should meet with your Honors advisor early in the first semester and then prior to each registration period to plan for the upcoming semester.
Students without a declared major, those in specialized programs that require applications after the first year, or those planning ahead for professional degrees in law, medicine, or dental medicine will still have advisor support.
Exploratory Student Advising (ACES)
- If you’re still deciding on a major, you’re not alone. In fact, UConn offers advisors just for that purpose.
- The Academic Center for Exploratory Students encourages scholars to determine their major after engaging in a variety of coursework, opportunities outside of the classroom, and study abroad, just to name a few.
- Honors students even have their own ACES advisor who will help make sure you don’t feel left behind.
Pre-Law/Pre-Medicine and Dental Medicine Specialists
- Do you want help preparing for admission to professional school for a law, medical, or dental degree?
- The Pre-Law and Pre-Medicine/Dental Medicine centers are available to all UConn students and alumni who want an insider’s view of pursuing degrees in these fields (not just those in Honors).
- The specialists who work in these offices can help you prepare for law school or medical or dental school by offering advice, direction, and insights into the process. You can even contact them for help after you graduate.