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Welcome to the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership!

Established in 2005, the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership (HSL) enriches the university campus through academic opportunity, scholarship, leadership, civic engagement and community service. The university programs that operate out of the center bring together diverse and active students who share a common goal of making the most of their college academic experience. 

HSL Programs

The University Honors Program and McNair Scholars Program each has its own eligibility requirements and distinctive program characteristics.

See for yourself how the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership can help you get the most out of your University of Northern Colorado experience!

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Honors Program

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.

UNC Honors Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2022 Admission.

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McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRIO program designed to provide undergraduate students with effective preparation for graduate-level study through research and scholarly activities, summer internships, seminars and workshops, mentoring, and assistance with graduate school admission processes. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, and have demonstrated strong academic potential.


The Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership collaborates with university and community groups to provide programs and events for the campus at large. Student Honors Council also hosts a variety of events throughout the semester that provide opportunities for students to participate in social events, fundraising, and community service projects.

Signature Events

UNC Research Day, Thursday, April 7, 2022

 UNC’s Research Day welcomes students, both graduate and undergraduate, to present their research, creative works and scholarly projects in a day long celebration.  Students may present their projects oral presentations with virtual presentation options, or as poster presentations.  Over 300 Students are expected at this event presenting over 200 different poster and oral sessions demonstrating the exceptional level of scholarly work at UNC. The Research Excellence Awards competition is held in conjunction with Research Day.

All presenters must submit an on line application via Ursa by March 8, 2022.  Application opens February 1.

Learn more about Research Day.