Special Programs

The Honors Program oversees a number of specialized cohort programs for relatively small groups of Honors students. The mission of each one of these programs is unique, but they share a common vision: provide participants with opportunities for academic, social, and professional enrichment related to their chosen area of interest.

As part of these specialized cohort programs, students are closely mentored by caring and experienced Honors and Enrichment staff members. They also meet regularly with their groups and sometimes take classes especially designed for their interests.

Some of the programs, such as the Holster and Rowe scholars programs, are the result of generous gifts from alumni and friends of the Honors Program, while others are the result of collaborations between the Honor Program and the UConn schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Law.

Apply for your first year through UConn Undergraduate Admissions:

Special Program in Education
The purpose of this program is to nurture a diverse group of highly motivated students who are interested in working in areas of teaching shortages in the State of Connecticut, including Comprehensive Special Education, Mathematics, Science, and World Languages.

Special Program in Law
Offers support and guidance to students interested in attending law school.

Special Program in Medicine and Dental Medicine
Helps prepare students for medical or dental professional programs.

Selection as an entering first-year student (no application required):

Rowe Scholars Program
Provides health professions opportunities and support to students from backgrounds underrepresented in health care. (Note: All incoming students are considered for this program. There is no Rowe Scholar application for incoming students. Rising juniors may apply before their third year.)

STEM Scholar Community
Provides opportunities to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields to enhance and support their academic pursuits. (Note: All incoming first-year students are considered for STEM Scholarships. There is no STEM Scholar application for incoming students.)

Apply during your first semester in the Honors Program

Holster Scholars First-Year Project
Provides first-year students the chance to conduct research the summer before their sophomore year.

Apply as a rising junior at UConn

Rowe Scholars Program
Provides health professions opportunities and support to students from backgrounds underrepresented in health care. Rising juniors who are not yet enrolled in the Honors Program must simultaneously apply through a separate Honors Program process along with the Rowe Scholar application.