Admission and Program Requirements

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The University Honors Program provides outstanding students the opportunity for academic challenge through the completion of specialized courses, seminars and projects under the direction of faculty mentors.

University Honors Students in good standing gain early registration for most university classes, attend educational and social events with other Honors Students, and have exclusive use of the Main Library’s University Honors Student Center. University Honors Students also develop close professional relationships with their faculty mentors, receive recognition on their official transcripts and diplomas, and enjoy special acknowledgement at both the Honors Convocation and Graduation ceremonies.


Admission to the program is open to:

  • Undergraduate students admitted to the university with a minimum 3.60 GPA.
  • Students who have maintained a 3.60 GPA in their last 36 quarter (or equivalent semester) units of baccalaureate-level coursework.
  • Students who will be enrolled at the university for at least 2 additional years, to ensure adequate time for completion of program requirements.

Eligible students should complete an online application to participate in this program. Only students who have formally indicated a desire to participate in the University Honors Program may take courses for honors credit.

Find out more about the UHP program

Additional Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • Take two of the four required Honors-designated courses outside of the students’ major and minor programs
  • Take Honors-designated courses with letter grades only. Credit/No Credit courses will not be accepted for Honors designation.
  • Make progress towards program completion by taking at least one Honors-designated course per academic year with a letter grade of “B” or better.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.60 for all CSUEB coursework taken subsequent to being accepted to the University Honors Program. Students who fail to meet the eligibility for two consecutive quarters will be disqualified from the program.
  • Attend one or more special learning, professional development, or cultural events at CSUEB each quarter in which they are enrolled in the University Honors Program. Events sponsored by the Honors Student Council will be especially encouraged.

Learn how to obtain credit for University Honors Courses.

Graduation from University Honors Program

To graduate from the University Honors Program students must complete:

  • A minimum of four classes (each consisting of three or more course units) as Honors-designated courses. To earn the Honors designation for a particular course on their transcripts, students shall:
  1. Design, plan, and execute an original research or creative project in consultation with the course instructor, who agrees to evaluate the honors project in addition to, and separate from, assignments and assessment for the course in which the student is enrolled. Honors-designated courses may be in the student’s major or minor, as well as in General Education and elective courses.
  2. Submit an instructor-approved contract for each course in which Honors projects will be completed, to the University Honors Program Director for review and approval.
  3.  Earn a letter grade of “B” (3.0 earned grade point) or better (see: Grading and Academic Standards FAQ) in each Honors project to the satisfaction of the instructor of the course.

University Honors Students will receive special recognition at the Honors Convocation and/or at Commencement. University Honors Students will also receive recognition on their transcripts and their diplomas, as well as a certificate of recognition from the program.

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