Admission and Program Requirements

honors logoThe 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.

uhp-program-requirements.pngTo graduate from the program, every Honors student must satisfactorily complete:

  • A minimum of three 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:
    • 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 assessments 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.
    • Submit an instructor-approved project form for each course in which Honors projects will be completed to the University Honors Program Director for review and approval.
    • Earn a letter grade of “B” (3.0 earned grade point) or better (see: Grading and Academic Standards FAQ) in the course in which an Honors project is completed.
  • GS 309 (Spring, 2019, HON 309) Honors Service and Leadership (3 units) in students’ sophomore or junior years, with a letter grade of “B” (3.0 earned grade point) or better.
  • GS 399 (Spring, 2019, HON 399) Honors Presentation (1 unit) in their senior year, in conjunction with a capstone course within students’ degree program, with a letter grade of “B” (3.0 earned grade point) or better.

Learn how to obtain credit for Honors-designated courses.

Admission to the program is open to:

  • Undergraduate students admitted to the university with a minimum 3.60 GPA.
  • Students must have completed at least 2 semesters or be a transfer student.
  • 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.

  • If you would like to fill out an application, click here.

Early Registration

Excluding freshmen, all students in good standing in the University Honors Program enjoy Early Registration for most classes.

Special Recognition

University Honors Program students will receive special recognition at the Honors Convocation and/or at commencement in the academic year they graduate. University Honors Program students will also receive recognition on their transcripts and their diplomas, as well as a certificate of recognition from the program.

Program Director

The director coordinates University Honors Program courses, as well as special events for University Honors Program students and faculty. The director tracks student progress, invites eligible students to join the program, and notifies students who are failing to meet the program requirements.



Students must:

  1. Take Honors-designated courses with letter grades only. Credit/No Credit courses will not be accepted for Honorsdesignation.
  2. Make progress towards program completion by taking at least one Honors-designated course per academic year, if needed, with a letter grade of “B” (3.0 earned grade point) or better.
  3. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.60. 
  4. Attend one or more special learning, professional development at CSUEB each semester in which they are enrolled in the University Honors Program. Events sponsored by the Honors Student Council will be especially encouraged.