FAQs (Newly Admitted)

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Will I be able to use any of my AP or UConn High School ECE credits?

Generally, yes. UConn recognizes AP and ECE credits, but we encourage you to learn more about how the credits will be applied. You should also discuss your options with your Honors advisor.

Does the Honors Program offer any mentoring programs designed for entering first-year students?

The Honors Program offers several mentoring program that benefit entering first-year students. In particular, you may apply for a mentor during the summer before you arrive at UConn. PATH (Peer Allies Through Honors) matches upper-class Honors students with first-year Honors students at UConn Storrs and UConn Stamford. PATH mentors can help you ease the transition from high school to college (and the Honors Program) with advice, experiences, friendship, and exposure to the exciting opportunities you’ll find at UConn Storrs. In addition, the Honors Guides for Peer Success (Honors GPS) team will help you to understand and complete Honors co-curricular requirements. Current Honors students in these groups are eager to see you and help to guide you through your new journey.

Where will I live as an Honors student?

The Honors Program prides itself on our unique Honors residential communities. First-year Honors students live and learn in the designated Honors First-Year Residential Learning Community at UConn Storrs or UConn Stamford. Many sophomores, juniors, and seniors at UConn Storrs also choose to remain in Honors housing throughout their time at UConn and students at UConn Stamford may have the option to do the same. Learn more.

What Honors courses are offered at UConn?

Feel free to explore recent course lists.

What are the benefits of taking a First Year Experience course?

Taking an Honors First Year Experience Course (UNIV 1784) introduces you to the ins and outs of college in an intriguing, seminar-style setting. You will get an intimate class experience, exposure to some of UConn’s best faculty, and support for the transition to UConn and to Honors. Each year there are a variety of topics offered, from photography to food to politics and more.

Enrolling in a section of UNIV 1784 during your first semester is a requirement for continuation in UConn Honors.

What is the difference between a regular first-year seminar course and UNIV 1784?

Like other First Year Experience courses, UNIV 1784 has small class sizes (19 students each) to build community in the classroom. However, the Honors First Year Seminar is unique among UConn FYE courses in that it combines a topic of interest with content and activities designed to help you get started in UConn Honors. To accomplish this, each section is co-taught by the instructor who designed the topic and one or more facilitators who will introduce you to resources and support for your undergraduate career. Learn more.

What are Honors events and are they mandatory?

Honors events are a way for students to engage with the Honors community and develop socially and culturally. Because we want our students to be well-rounded individuals, the Honors Program requires you to attend and reflect upon at least 10 Honors events across specific categories toward the University Honors Laureate award. Events include, but are not limited to, lectures, cultural trips, the arts, and workshops. The Honors staff works very hard to make you aware of these (and other) opportunities. (FYI: All Honors events are noted with a specific category.)

How will my participation in the Honors Program be recognized on my academic record?

It’s all on your transcript. Every Honors course you take will be noted with “Honors Credit” (including courses you convert to Honors Credit). The notation “Honors Program” will be listed on your transcript to reflect your enrollment in the Honors Program each semester. When you graduate, your transcript and diploma will bear the words “Honors Scholar” and “University Honors Laureate”, depending on the completion of relevant requirements.

What is the Honors Council?

Honors Council is the Honors student voice. HC has various committees that work closely with the Honors staff on issues relating to the Honors Program. It is a great way to gain leadership experience and become more involved with the Honors community.

What are some other Honors student groups?

Honors has student groups for many interests. These organizations are a great way to get involved, meet your peers, and become a leader.