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Frequently Asked Questions

Are any scholarships available through the University Honors Program?

Yes! As of Fall 2016, first-time freshmen applying to UHP are eligible for President’s Scholarships, the most prestigious merit-based scholarships awarded by CSULB. In addition, each year the UHP partners with the Center for Scholarship Information to host workshops on searching for and securing scholarships made available through CSULB. Additionally, the UHP holds “Big Scholarship” workshops to inform Honors students about nationally renowned scholarships, their criteria, and input on ways to stay competitive to earn these prestigious awards.

I have sophomore or junior standing here at CSULB. Can I still apply to the University Honors Program?
Yes, continuing and transfer students are encouraged to apply to the UHP.  Applicants must meet the minimum UHP entry GPA  of 3.5. Please visit the “Program Requirements” page for more details or make an advising appointment with Honors Academic Advisor.
How do I know if I am eligible for the University Honors Program and when is the deadline to apply?
Information on our admissions criteria and application deadlines as well as the application form and instructions can be found on our “Application Process” page.
When will I receive my letter of acceptance to CSULB?
Between February and March.
When do I receive a CSULB student ID number?
Via email 2-3 days after submitting an application to CSULB through CSU mentor.
I forgot my CSULB student ID number. How do I retrieve it?
Visit CSULB Enrollment Services' site to retrieve your student ID number
Is there a separate application for President's Scholarships?
No. The online application is for both the University Honors Program AND the President's Scholarships.
What type of President's Scholarships are available?
President's Scholarships are individualized award packages that may include up to two years of support for tuition, residence, and books or materials.
When will my University Honors application be reviewed?
Review of University Honors Program Applicants under consideration for President's Scholarships begins March 2.
Review of University Honors Program Applicants not under consideration for President's Scholarships begins April 18.
I have multiple transcripts to upload for my program/scholarship application OR I have already submitted my application but I have an additional transcript or transcripts to upload.
If you need to upload more than one transcript, please zip then into one file before uploading. You can also email the documents in pdf format to
I am not ranked #1 at my high school. Am I ineligible for the President's Scholarships?
No. High school ranking is not an eligibility factor for the President's Scholarships which are available to first-time freshmen only.
How do I know if I am eligible for a President's Scholarship?
You must be a first-time freshmen AND:

  • Valedictorian or Prospective Valedictorian

    • OR
  • National Scholar (National Merit Semi-Finalists/Finalists, National Achievement, Program Semi-Finalists/Finalists, National Hispanic Recognition Scholars)

    • OR
  • Weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher

    • OR
  • another demonstration of exceptional talent (e.g. national award or achievement, prestigious scholarship or fellowship, publication). Must be specified in the application to be considered.

I am a continuing student or a transfer student. Am I eligible for a President's Scholarship?
No. At this time, the President's Scholarships are only for first-time freshmen.
I received a housing scholarship. Does this include meal plans?

  No. Meal plans are required. The approximate cost of the meal plans are as follows:  

  • $2730 for value meal plan
    $3852 for traditional meal plan
    $4032 for 49er meal plan
    $4304 for the 7 day, all access meal plan
I have taken and passed several Advanced Placement exams in high school, and they fulfill many of my General Education requirements. Should I still join the University Honors Program?

Yes. Although Advanced Placement credit can cover many General Education requirements, it does not cover all of them. Human Diversity, Self-Integration, and Capstone courses are just a few of the GE areas not satisfied by AP credit that are offered through the UHP.

Are University Honors Program classes harder than non-UHP courses?
Honors classes are not intended to be a greater workload for students or faculty; rather; they are intended to offer students and faculty a deeper engagement, a different starting place, or in some way an enhanced version of the non- honors version of the class.
Do I have to take extra classes for the University Honors Program?
Honors Program courses typically meet one or more General Education requirements and, in many cases, major or minor requirements. UHP 496 and 498, the Thesis/Project research and writing courses, cannot be used to fulfill GE requirements, as they are independent study courses completed under the mentorship of a faculty member within the student’s major department.
Can I take Honors courses without being in the University Honors Program?
We do not open UHP-designated courses to the general University population in order to ensure that we uphold the Program’s mission of offering small class sizes within which members of the UHP learning community can pursue select coursework.
Are major courses offered through the University Honors Program?
As the UHP offers a diverse suite of Honors courses each semester, it is possible that a student may fulfill a major or minor requirement through the Honors Program, depending on the course offerings and the student’s chosen degree. UHP 496 and 498, the Thesis/Project research and writing courses, are independent study courses completed under the mentorship of a faculty member within the student’s major department. In some cases, similar courses from a student’s major may be substituted for the UHP 496 and 498 requirement.
Are there special accommodations through on-campus Housing that allow the Honors students to dorm together?
Yes, the UHP collaborates with Housing and Residential Life to offer Honors House, an Honors-only, all-years residential community.
Are there social aspects to the University Honors Program?
The UHP strives to create a sense of community among its students. Each semester, the UHP Student Association holds a number of events that promote friendship-building, such as movie nights, bonfires, and holiday parties. In addition, the UHP office has space for students to meet and study.
How much input do students have in the University Honors Program?
The primary organization through which students influence the Honors Program is the UHP Student Association. This group is headed by an Executive Board of student leaders who work closely and collaboratively with the UHP Director and Assistant Director. Students are encouraged to connect with UHP staff in person or via email.
Whom should I contact with questions about the University Honors Program?
If you have any questions which are not answered above or on the UHP website, please contact or call (562) 985-1774.