The experience of a small college
the opportunities of a world-class research university
The Best of Both Worlds

UHP: the Best of Both Worlds

UHP: the Best of Both Worlds

Honors students at UC Davis are doing great things.

The University Honors Program at UC Davis is designed to offer the classroom experience of a selective liberal arts college with the resources and opportunities of a world-class research university. First-year students have the option of living in dedicated student housing, and first and second-years benefit from small classes taught by select faculty. As students advance in their studies, they discover research opportunities. Fourth-years can select from a range of enhanced honors projects that dovetail with their majors and goals.

Building a community of exceptional students

Trombone player at an Honors reception

Dorm life with fellow honors students offers a community where you can connect through shared classes and interests.  Whether you want to get a team together for inner tube water polo, play board games in the common room at all hours, improvise a bluegrass band, go out to dinner or attend an ice cream social, rock climb at the local gym or Lake Tahoe's crags, share your art in a UHP exhibit, or LARP in the Death Star at midnight, you’ll find friends who want to join you.

Accessing Faculty and Exploring Opportunities

Faculty mentoring

Honors students have access to special academic programs and events. You might redesign coffee in a chemical engineering seminar, or grow mushrooms in a mold and fungi class; converse with distinguished speakers in the green room at the Mondavi Center; go on a scavenger hunt in the Bay Area as part of a seminar; or study abroad in a seminar for honors students led by UC Davis faculty.

Making a Difference with Research and Projects

Larissa Miyachi

Wherever your passions lie, there's work to be done and knowledge to gain.  Research a cancer therapy with fluorescent dyes and nanoparticles.   Intern in a research lab at the Center for Mind and Brain, Hewlett-Packard, or a Congressional office.   Craft beer in our unique lab with a national expert.  Work with a team to create an award-winning business plan for a  women's shelter, or a system to degrade plastics.

Achieving Top Honors and Going On to Great Things

Honors student Kirstin Woody in Switzerland

Honors Program alumni have been awarded sixteen of the past eighteen University Medals - the highest honor UC Davis bestows.  Our grads have gone on to Ph.D. programs at Ivy League universities, medical school at Harvard and Stanford,  and management in major corporations.