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Honors Program

Honors Advisory Council

The Honors Advisory Council (HAC) is a student committee that meets weekly to organize events and serve as a liaison between Honors students and administration. HAC strives to enhance the Honors experience at Santa Clara University and strengthen the community through academic and service events.

Every quarter, HAC recruits faculty members to participate in our UHP Presents lecture series, with topics ranging from the science of happiness to practical investment strategies. HAC hosts academic advising sessions during course registration periods and organizes panels featuring local UHP alumni who share their post-grad experiences and advice with current students. During midterm season and the intense period leading up to finals, HAC sponsors stress-reducing social events, complete with scantrons, greenbooks, and desserts.

Through weekly emails, HAC alerts honors students to an eclectic set of social justice events happening around campus, including programs sponsored by the Santa Clara Community Action Program, the Multicultural Center, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and other organizations and academic departments. HAC also showcases opportunities for student engagement in volunteer work, immersion, and study abroad experiences, and fellowship applications. The intention of highlighting these events is to encourage honors students to expand their perspectives beyond the classroom.

HAC also runs the UHP Mentorship Program, connecting incoming first-year students with enthusiastic current honors students. Mentors serve as an engaged resource for first-year students and offer helpful advice for meeting UHP, major-specific, and core curriculum requirements.

The first major program that HAC established was the President's Reading Series, which has become a tradition highly valued by honors students. Twice a year, honors students have dinner with the President of the university to discuss a text/book. Recently, in Fall 2018, students met with Fr. Michael Engh to discuss Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer.


Students interested in the Honors Advisory Council or in attending meetings should email