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Application Process

The University Honors Program at California State University, Long Beach, aims to recruit students who are not only academically high-achieving but also those who are planning to be meaningfully engaged in the CSULB campus and its surrounding communities. Honors students are leaders, stewards of their environment, global citizens, creative thinkers, and risk-takers in their education.

University Honors First-time Freshmen applicants are eligible for President’s Scholarships, the most prestigious merit-based scholarships awarded by CSULB.

Student applications to UHP for Spring 2017 will begin on November 15, 2016 and end on December 15,2016.

Please Note: Recommenders must submit their letter of recommendation by December 15, 2016 via the link generated by your application submission.

For students pursuing a major in Engineering, UHP offers a distinct Engineering Honors track. Please visit the Engineering Honors website for more information.


For your online application you will need:

  • Your personal and academic information: including your CSULB ID; your unofficial transcripts in PDF format; your recommender's name and email address

  • Continuing CSULB Engineering students only: a screenshot of your Degree Planner

  • Your personal statement: within two pages, double-spaced; using 12-point font and one-inch margins; containing your full name and date in the document header; saved as a PDF (see details below)

The personal statement is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the University Honors Program. Take time to thoughtfully reflect upon what you will write. Discuss it with family and friends. A personal statement is personal so there is no one right essay style, but here are some general pointers:

  • DO exercise critical thinking by providing a carefully considered statement: avoid cliches, quotations from others (we want to hear from you!), and grandiose claims.

  • DO provide specific examples of your points: avoid vague generalizations and unsupported assertions.

  • DO proofread and edit carefully: avoid distracting your readers with preventable writing mistakes.

PROMPT (Engineering applicants, please see prompt below):

Tell us why you are a good fit for the University Honors Program at CSULB (500 words). Consider describing your background (such as your family, community, work, and/or school life), your dreams and aspirations, triumphs and challenges, and/or leadership experiences or goals.

PROMPT for Engineering Applicants ONLY:

Describe how your personal, academic, and extra-curricular, or other experiences or activities have inspired you to pursue a career in Engineering. Discussion how your aspiration for a future career in Engineering can be enriched by participation within a community of scholars.

Questions about your application?

Please see our FAQs or contact UHP: