The Honors Program provides an extensive system of advising for academics, co-curriculars, and other needs.
- Honors Academic Advisors
- Honors and Enrichment Program Staff Members
- Honors Guides for Peer Success (Honors GPS)
Every Honors student is assigned an Honors 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 your course of study. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to know and complete all requirements for continuing in Honors and graduation.
Finding Your Honors Advisor
You will be assigned one or more Honors advisors during the summer prior to starting at UConn. Find your advisor(s) through Student Admin.
- If you have declared a major, you will be assigned an Honors advisor in that department.
- If you are in the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES), including one of the pre-professional majors in ACES, you will be assigned to the Honors ACES advisor, Dr. Jessamy Hoffmann.
- Some schools or majors, such as School of Business and biology, assign professional (non-faculty) Honors advisors for the first year or two. When you are farther along in your program, you will automatically be switched to a faculty Honors advisor.
- If you are enrolled in the Neag School of Education or the School of Nursing, your Honors advisor is not the same as your advisor in Student Admin. See the list of current Honors advisors to determine whom you should work with for Honors-related requirements.
If you are considering changing your major, you may wish to talk with one of the Honors advisors from that new major. Refer to the current list of Honors advisors for details. If you change majors, you will need to change advisors. Contact the Honors Program when you officially change majors to ensure you get a new Honors advisor assigned.
Check your advisor(s) in Student Admin periodically, especially at the beginning of each semester and after you change or add majors. Departments may change your advisor if, for example, your faculty advisor is away for a semester.
The Role of an Advisor
- Helps you select courses, and raises your Student Admin bar for registration
- Provides major-related advice for career or graduate school plans
- Helps in securing research and internship opportunities
- Assists in establishing professional connections for future work or study
- Approves your major-related Honors Scholar requirements, including your Honors thesis
- Signs all forms (e.g. course conversions, plans of study, thesis plan)
Meeting with your Honors Advisor
Meet with your Honors advisor early in your first semester and then prior to each registration period to plan for the upcoming semester. Honors students have earlier registration times, so plan ahead!
Your advisor(s) may have specific times to meet with students or particular ways in which they schedule appointments.
- For faculty advisors, check your departmental website for their office hours. You can also email them to schedule an appointment.
- Many professional advisors use Nexus to manage advising appointments. If you are unable to make an appointment through Nexus, email them to schedule a meeting.
No one person can help with all of your questions!
- Several Honors Program staff members can serve as secondary advisors for academic or related matters. Try Dr. Jessamy Hoffmann for general questions or exploring different majors, or Kaitlin Heenehan or Dr. Anne Kim for questions related to STEM fields.
- Dr. Leigh Fine is a great resource if you are interested in Honors education abroad!
- Any Honors staff member would be happy to help you, or find the person who can.
- There are special advising centers for students interested in a career in law, medicine, or dental medicine.
- The Office of Undergraduate Research has resources to help you get started in research at any stage in your academic career, in any field.
- Did you know that you can design your own major?
- There are also advisors for students pursuing prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships.
And don’t forget all the other advising resources on campus.
The Honors Guides for Peer Success (Honors GPS) collaborate with Honors staff to help students understand and complete Honors co-curricular graduation requirements. Contact the Honors GPS team for questions related to your Honors Events, Leadership, or Academics in Action requirements for the University Honors Laureate Award.