Myths & Facts



Students will have a weighted GPA, i.e., get more points for taking Honors courses.

All courses at UCR are unweighted including Honors courses.

Honors courses are harder and will negatively impact GPA.

Honors courses are typically smaller and require students to engage in discussion, but are not necessarily harder.  Class difficulty is set by the faculty for any UCR course.

Honors requirements will prevent on time graduation.

Priority registration assists with on time graduation, and Honors counselors work with college requirements.

Students automatically receive a scholarship by being in Honors.

Although Honors students will have opportunities to apply for Honors scholarships, students need to apply.

Honors charges a student fee for the services we provide.

Honors does not charge a student fee for services.

University Honors is the same as Latin Honors or other Honors societies like Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, etc.

Latin Honors: determined by colleges & GPA

Honors Societies: separate admission; many to choose from.

UCR Honors: 4 year program at UCR with distinct requirements for notation on transcript

Honors is in charge of student’s housing.

Honors provides a learning living community environment, but does not oversee housing.

Honors counselors advise on major requirements.


Honors Counselors only advise on Honors requirements. Questions pertaining to major should be directed to college major advisor.

Honors is a college that oversees all undergraduate records.

Honors is not a college, but a program.  We are one part of a larger system of departments.

Honors can provide student records or information to Honors parents.

Honors cannot provide information about a student to any outside entity.