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University Honors Program

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University Honors Program Office
Pollak Library 160

Stacy Mallicoat

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program at Cal State Fullerton is an academic unit under the Office of Academic Programs, and is governed by University Policy Statement 412.010. The interdisciplinary program currently includes 875 students. Typically, about 26 professors from varying colleges and disciplines participate in the program.

The University Honors Program is dedicated to inclusive excellence and extending the frontiers of knowledge beyond the boundaries of the institution. The program hosts a community of scholars from across the university who share a love of learning. The program’s vision is to be a nationally recognized model of inclusive excellence through a sustained commitment to access, student success, academic rigor and high-quality learning.

The University Honors Program goals are to: foster intellectual curiosity and promote a commitment to inclusion among highly motivated, socially aware and academically experienced students; provide intense curricular and co-curricular experiences that engage society’s contemporary challenges in an increasingly changing global knowledge economy; scale the breadth of the program commensurate to the size of the institution; and deepen the impact of the program among students through rigorous ongoing assessment of learning.


The University Honors Program provides benefits that include:

  • Honors seminars featuring small class sizes (approximately15).
  • Access to the Honors Center, a special study lounge.
  • Opportunity to develop an independent project with a faculty mentor.
  • Opportunity to study abroad and earn honors credit.
  • Support in navigating the university system.
  • Close mentoring relationships with faculty and staff members.
  • Social activities with fellow honors students.
  • Priority registration.
  • Honors notation on official transcript and diploma.

By actively participating in this strong scholarly community, students gain leadership experience through service. University Honors students have the option of participating in the administration and development of the University Honors Program, which allows them to become active partners in their education and provides opportunities to help nurture the growth of the University Honors Program.

Admission Criteria

Entering first-year students who have achieved a 3.6 grade-point average in college preparatory coursework in grades 10, 11 and the first semester of their senior year are eligible to apply to the program. Transfer students who have completed honors coursework at their transfer institution and have earned a minimum CSU transferable grade-point average of 3.5 also are eligible. For additional information on applying, contact the Honors Center, Pollak Library 160, at 657-278-7440 or univhonors@fullerton.edu. Current Cal State Fullerton students and transfer students who have not previously completed honors coursework should consult with the University Honors Program director about possible admission.


To maintain eligibility in the University Honors Program, students are expected to meet the following guidelines, though some flexibility is possible. Students should always consult with the University Honors Program director.

Year One
Complete HONR 100 and a minimum of six honors units (two honors seminar courses), and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.25

Year Two
Complete HONR 200 and a minimum of six honors units (two honors seminar courses), and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.4.

Year Three
Complete a minimum of four honors units, including HONR 300 and one upper-division honors seminar, and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Year Four
Complete a minimum of six honors units, including HONR 400 and the Senior Honors Project (5 units of HONR 497), and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Programs and Courses Offered





      Courses are designated as HONR in the class schedule. All honors courses are restricted to students enrolled in the University Honors Program.

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