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Frequently Asked Questions


Are any scholarships available through the University Honors Program?

Yes! As  of Fall 2016, University Honors Students 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?
Continuing and transfer students are encouraged to apply to the UHP. As outlined on the “Program Requirements” page, a minimum number of units must be taken through the Honors Program, so students not applying in their first semester should still have room in their schedule for nine to fifteen units--depending on their major requirements--and meet the minimum UHP entry GPA of 3.5.
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.
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, absolutely! 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 satisfied by courses offered through the UHP.
Are University Honors Program classes harder than non-UHP courses?
Honors classes are not designed to overburden students but rather to give them a more intimate, discussion-oriented learning environment to better understand class material and allow for building relationships with excellent University faculty.
Do I have to take extra classes for the University Honors Program?
Nearly all Honors Program courses meet one or more General Education requirements and, in many cases, major or minor requirements. UHP 496 and 498, the thesis research and writing courses, cannot be used to fulfill GE requirements, but are rather 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 smaller class sizes in which members of the UHP learning community can pursue select coursework through the Program.
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. Also, as stated above, UHP 496 and 498, the thesis research and writing courses, are independent study courses completed under the mentorship of a faculty member within the student’s major department and the UHP often substitutes similar courses from a student’s major to fulfill 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 is currently collaborating with Housing and Residential Life to create an Honors Living-Learning Community, which is slated to open in Fall 2014 to incoming Honors first-year students.
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 on the second floor of the Library has a lounge for students to meet and study.
How much input do students have in the University Honors Program?
The primary organ 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 also always free to contact the UHP staff in person at the office or via email.
Whom should I contact with questions about the University Honors Program?
Any questions you may have which are not answered above or on the UHP website can be addressed to Lizette Alvarez, the UHP Academic Advisor, either by phone at (562) 985-2426 or email at