University Honors Program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota has a long-standing tradition of educating top students from Minnesota and around the world, and providing them with enriched opportunities within each of our colleges. The University Honors Program (UHP) is a place of extraordinary people and resources, shared passions, creative collaboration, and intellectual and cultural diversity. The program is designed to help students achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals.

There is no separate application for the University Honors Program. Admitted freshmen are automatically considered for admission to UHP based on individual assessments of their admission applications. Learn more about Honors admission.

What are the benefits of the University Honors Program?

World-class faculty
Students in the University Honors Program benefit from an enriched curriculum taught by world-class faculty. Professors welcome students as partners in research and discovery. Directly from their labs, studios, and businesses, our instructors bring cutting edge, first-hand knowledge into the undergraduate experience.

Honors Seminars and Courses
Honors Seminars—available only to UHP students—offer small class sizes, close interaction with faculty, and an engaging learning atmosphere. Honors courses emphasize active learning and are a great place to get to know faculty and other UHP students.

NEXUS Experiences
NEXUS Experiences are among the many non-course opportunities offered to UHP students. Together with faculty from across the University, students engage in thought experiments while exploring open-ended programming created specifically to introduce students to various fields of research, scholarship and creative activity.

Real-world lessons
Our faculty and students are searching for ways to make this world more peaceful, productive, healthy, and just. An interdisciplinary approach to solving problems is at the heart of the University Honors Program, which aims to provide highly qualified and motivated students with a rigorous and enhanced undergraduate experience. UHP students are challenged to think in new and innovative ways to discover answers to the big questions of our time. Together, professors and students tackle real-life issues such as immigration reform, workplace psychology, cancer research, and public art.

One-on-one honors advising
From freshman orientation through graduation, UHP students benefit from ongoing contact with professional Honors Advisors and faculty. These dedicated advisors help students set academic goals, plan for the future, and chart their course to best take advantage of all that the U of M has to offer.

Graduation with Latin Honors
Summa cum laude--Latin for "with great honor"--is the foremost academic distinction awarded to university students. Honors graduates have the opportunity to proudly claim those Latin words on their graduation diplomas. Graduate schools, professional programs and prospective employers recognize that these students have made the most of their opportunities to learn, discover, and innovate.

Social and cultural activities
UHP students build connections and friendships with other future leaders that will last a lifetime. Taking advantage of the broader University of Minnesota experience, students can join organizations, volunteer time and expertise to help others in the community, and enjoy intramural sports and social events.

Honors residential community
Honors housing is an opportunity for UHP students to live together, learn together, and participate in special activities with classmates who share a passion for learning! This community, located in Middlebrook Hall, allows residents to form lifelong ties and friendships outside the classroom. Honors community events—including forums with prominent guest speakers, lunch or dinner with professors, honors receptions, and just-for-fun activities—make UHP students feel at home on the U of M campus.

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