Honors Program

Notable Features

Priority Registration:

Students in the University Honors Program enjoy priority registration for all courses. That is, they are assigned early times on the eCampus registration system. Priority registration facilitates enrollment in most Santa Clara courses, and it lets UHP students tailor their schedules to encourage intentional learning and attain maximum academic impact.

Residence halls:

The Honors Program respects the desire of its students to integrate into the entire SCU residential community. Therefore, instead of isolating Honors students into one residential learning community, the University Honors Program concentrates them into four of the eight RLCs in order to facilitate interactions with other Honors students. These RLCs are ALPHA, da Vinci, Modern Perspectives, and Unity. Please see Frequently Asked Questions, "Residential Life" to learn more about residential life for UHP students.

UHP Presents:

The University Honors Program holds one lecture per quarter in which a SCU professor discusses an issue related to current events or their field. Recent talks:

Spring 2018: The Science of Happiness! by Dr. SunWolf (Professor, Communication) and Things That Are Scary. Things That Are Stupid. by Dr. Lisa Whitfield (Lecturer, Psychology)

Winter 2018: Economic Inequality and Economic Opportunity in the United States: Trends and Causes by Dr. William Sundstrom (Professor, Economics)

Fall 2017: The Planet and the Pope by Dr. Sally Vance-Trembath (Lecturer, Religious Studies)

Senior Thesis:

All Honors students will complete a Senior Thesis or Project before graduation. This thesis or project is designed to engage the student in research, reflection, and writing. It should also provide the students with the opportunity to work closely with faculty members who will guide in beginning, pursuing, and completing their thesis or project. Read more here.