University Honors is a tight-knit community of scholars, within a large research university setting, where students will connect with other students, faculty, and staff. The four-year program encourages well-prepared and motivated students to excel and to take an active role in maximizing their education by engaging with and taking full advantage of the array of benefits University Honors has to offer. 

  • Academic

    Living Learning Community: By participating in University Honors students become a part of a learning community where they will engage in the same courses and living space as other high-achieving students. This community provides students with additional support and resources that can result in a .15 to .3 cumulative gpa bump for students.

    Honors Courses: Honors students have the opportunity to enroll in Honors courses taught by student-centered faculty members that are involved in cutting-edge research and scholarship. A majority of Honors courses are capped at 15-20 students, giving students a better opportunity to engage and get to know the faculty for the course. Students also benefit from the ability to delve more deeply into the material being presented. These interactions advance a student’s critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, but also allow them to build intellectual and social connections with others in the Honors community.  Honors courses will also provide the resources and framework necessary in support of the capstone project.

    Capstone Development and Completion: University Honors students will participate in a series of courses and experiences that will prepare them for undergraduate research and the completion of a capstone project. The capstone can consist of research, creative or experiential activity. Students will learn how to interact with faculty and select a faculty member to be their mentor. Students will conceive and design a project plan while honing research and writing skills. These projects enable students to take learning outside the classroom and apply critical thought to the topics they are most passionate about. This experience can assist students into getting into graduate school and provide invaluable experiences that can boost their resume for their intended career.
    Priority Registration: University Honors Students will receive priority registration leading to a much better chance of getting into the courses they need and graduating on time.

  • Community

    Honors Student Community: The Honors student community consists of just over 800 students at a campus of just over 23,000 students.

    Living-Learning Community: Honors students can also benefit from living in the Pentland Hills and Glen More Living-Learning Communities. There, students have the opportunity to participate in special academic, personal, and social enrichment activities. In each residence hall, the Honors Faculty in Residence Program provided living quarters for UCR faculty members, who, in turn spend time with Honors students in collaborative programs.

    Community Engagement: As part of the program Honors students are required to participate in University Honors activities designed to help them network and access a variety of opportunities and resources.  Many of these activities also aid in students practicing our three pillars of excellence. These activities are carefully designed to help students learn more about themselves and how they can make a difference. They encourage students to branch out beyond academic learning to become well-rounded, active learners who raise creative and relevant questions, identify substantive goals, and consider options and practical strategies for increasing their own introspection. 

    Informal Faculty Interaction: Scholarly programs and Honors faculty office hours will provide students additional opportunities to interact with faculty outside of the formal classroom setting. They will have access to faculty with a wealth of knowledge. Meaningful relationships with faculty where students can obtain counsel and assistance as they consider advanced degrees is available.

    Personalized Advising: Honors professional staff members play a pivotal role in students reaching their personal growth goals. Honors counselors work closely with students, academic advisors, and a network of resources to help students explore options about majors, career goals, and scholarships, as student’s transition to the independence of University life and academics. University Honors Counselors have a smaller caseload than that of academic advisors and are able to offer students longer and multiple needing to meet student needs.

  • Opportunities and Resources

    Leadership Positions: University Honors offers a variety of competitive leadership positions to our students that provide professional development. Students can participate as Honors Ambassadors, members of the Marketing and Media team, or members of the University Honors Audeamus Editorial Board. All of our leadership positions provide a scholarship to participants. ​​​​​​

    Research and Internship Positions: Honors faculty and staff encourage students to get involved in faculty-mentored research and seek out internship opportunities. Staff will work one-on-one with students to help identify research and internship opportunities both on and off campus. Fellowship funding is available to support student research, education abroad, and participation in UC-Washington DC and UC-Sacramento internship programs. University Honors helps connect students not only to Honors opportunities but to other opportunities on and off campus via our counseling appointments, email, and social media.

  • Scholarships

    Awards and Fellowships: Honors faculty and staff will help groom you for the application process for prestigious awards. The staff will encourage students to develop portfolios that strongly position them for competitive local, national, and international academic leadership fellowships and awards.

    University Honors Scholarships: Scholarship application for the various scholarships listed below will be made available on the iLearn course “University Honors Portfolio 2018-19.”  Scholarships are not automatically awarded, and an application must be on file to be considered for a scholarship award.



    Eligibility: Honors students in good standing who are typically in their last year of Honors and have successfully completed HNPG 151, including submission of their signed capstone proposal form.
    Award Purpose: To assist eligible Honors students with the cost of their education, as they complete their Honors capstone project. This award cannot be used for lab equipment, art supplies, or other items related to their actual project, due to method of disbursement.
    Award Amount & Distinction: Several awards are available, up to $1000. Winners will also be designated Howard H Hays University Honors Research Scholars.
    Disbursement of Funds: The quarter the student turns in his/her capstone project. 
    Deadline: November 01, 2018, by 5:00pm

    Eligibility: Honors students in good standing who have been accepted to a Study Abroad or UCDC opportunity.
    Award Purpose: To support students in their participation of Study Abroad or UCDC.
    Award Amount: Several $1000 scholarships are available.
    Disbursement of Funds: Funds will be disbursed in the quarter prior to when the student attends the program.
    Deadline: Rolling basis – By 5:00pm on Friday of the 2nd week of the quarter BEFORE the student attends the program.

    Eligibility: Honors students in good standing who have been accepted to present their work at a professional meeting/conference.
    Award Purpose: To help defray the cost of travel to professional meetings/conferences.
    Award Amount: Scholarships of up to $500 are available. 
    Deadline: Rolling basis - By 5:00pm on Friday of the 2nd week of the quarter BEFORE student attends the professional meeting/conference.

    Eligibility: Honors students in good standing who are female and/or an underrepresented minority in STEM disciplines.
    Award Purpose: To provide support for University Honors women and minority students in pursuing research projects in STEM disciplines. 
    Award Amount: Between $2000 and $3000 for the year.
    Deadline: October 19, 2018, by 5:00pm
    Eligibility: Honors students in good standing.
    Award Purpose: To provide support for Honors students pursuing careers in teaching.
    Award Amount: Several $1000 scholarships available. 
    Deadline:  October 19, 2018, by 5:00pm
    CONTACT: Kristine Parada for questions related to the scholarship opportunities above at


    2019 Excellence & Residential Scholarships

    EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP: ($1,500):  Honors Excellence Scholarships are available to support academic pursuits and college-related expenses (e.g., tuition, fees, etc.). Scholarships are based on merit and awarded on a competitive basis.  Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.40, or higher, at the time of application.
    RESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP: ($900):  Honors students who reside in either the Pentland Hills or Glen Mor University Honors living-learning communities are eligible for this scholarship. Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 at the end of the fall quarter to be eligible to apply.
     (In some instances, students may be eligible for both scholarships.  In that event, students will only be awarded ONE, the highest scholarship award amount.)
    REQUIREMENTS: 1) Students must meet the scholarship criteria noted above to be eligible for a specific scholarship. 2) Applicants must be in good standing with UCR Honors at the time of application.  Students who have been “discontinued” are not eligible to apply.

    DEADLINE:  Monday January 21, 2019, 12p.m. (noon). Late or incomplete scholarship applications will NOT be accepted.

    CONTACT:  Lourdes Maldonado, Honors Counselor for Outreach & Recruitment, (951) 827-5042,