Welcome to the University Honors Program
Honors Program & President's Leadership Program Sneak Peeks!
Come learn more about our Honors and Leadership Programs first-hand by attending an Honors, Scholars and Leadership Sneak Peek. You and your guest will enjoy a complimentary lunch, receive an in-depth presentation and tour of the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership facilities, a classroom visit, and a UNC information session along with a campus tour.
Register for any of our upcoming Sneak Ppeek dates, by clicking on a link below:
Raise Your Expectations
From Our Students
Are you looking to challenge yourself and want to become a better problem solver in the world? The University Honors Programs are designed to foster outstanding students by providing a small community of intellectually-challenging peers with extra faculty attention and the tools to learn how to think critically and make connections between disciplines and then how to dive deep into today’s problems, issues and cutting edge research challenges.
The Programs ask that students be alive to the “life of the mind” and pushes them to raise the expectations they have for themselves and their education – taking learning outside the four walls of the classroom with active, engaged learning. Courses are mainly seminar style, where students are expected to come to the table with their own ideas and to think deeper about the issues discussed. Students will become intrinsically more involved in their own learning experience, develop heightened critical awareness and independent thinking skills, and be encouraged to participate in research or creative works at the university and in the community.
The University offers a two-tier Honors Program:
Honors Interdisciplinary Program (HIP!)
The first tier, Honors Interdisciplinary Program, encompasses lower division courses, and is designed for students entering UNC as freshmen with advanced achievement levels and for those who once on campus find their learning niche and want to experience an Honors lower division education. The program curriculum is based on students completing interdisciplinary seminars and courses in the Honors Connection series and in the award-winning Life of the Mind liberal arts core course series. Students completing the Honors Interdisciplinary Program receive a certificate of honors distinction, generally earned at the end of their sophomore year.
Upper Division Honors Program (UHP)
The second tier of the University Honors Program, the Upper Division Honors Program, is designed for students who are entering into their junior year, although may be in the senior year as long as all of the credit hours can still be completed in time for graduation. Students who are accepted into Upper Division Honors will choose one of three curricular paths:
- Research Path
- Creative Path
- Applied Path
Students completing the Upper Division Honors receive recognition at commencement and on their diploma.