An Overview of UConn Honors Education

UConn Honors is organized around four pillars: challenging academics, a personalized collegiate environment, community, and engagement and leadership beyond the classroom. As a faculty member at UConn, we invite you to contribute your strength to any or all of these pillars!


Every incoming first-year student at the Storrs campus is automatically considered for Honors, and approximately 10% of each class is invited to join. This highly competitive process is based on a holistic review of students’ UConn applications, including high school academic performance and rigor, SAT or ACT test scores, and extracurricular activities and leadership. Current UConn students—including those at regional campuses—and incoming transfer students may apply to the Honors Program based on their college performance. More information about admissions.

To remain in Honors, students must meet requirements for Honors credits earned (participation) and cumulative GPA.


The Honors Program curriculum is divided roughly in half. During the first two years, students pursue the Sophomore Honors award. They generally take 1 to 3 Honors courses each semester, including Honors First Year Seminars, interdisciplinary Honors Core courses, general education courses, and introductory courses within their majors.

During the second two years, students pursue Honors in their major fields of study, culminating in an Honors thesis and graduation as an Honors Scholar. Some departments offer upper-level Honors courses, while students in other departments earn honors credits through conversions or graduate courses.

More information about the types of Honors courses.

Honors students are guided through their academic journeys by assigned Honors advisors (faculty and staff members selected by their department heads) as well as the staff of the Honors Program.