First-Year Student Admissions

Students attending 2018 UHP Fall Kickoff BBQ

A Living-Learning Community

During the first-year, honors students live in the Honors Living-Learning Community (LLC). Located in the Tercero residence halls on campus, the Honors community gives students a place to develop friendships and work collaboratively outside the classroom environment.  Students live among a group of similarly high-achieving and motivated peers who are registered in related courses, allowing for a strong social foundation that many students keep throughout their college years and beyond. In addition to building a close-knit community, the honors living experience provides a fun, intellectual, and supportive environment, while encouraging active leadership and campus involvement. Honors residents can participate in an abundance of social events, workshops, mixers with professors, and even some Honors Courses


Have you been offered admission to UHP and decided to participate?  Check out our page for incoming first-year students to learn more about confirming your spot in UHP, housing, Pre-Orientation, Orientation, and Honors Welcome.


Frequently Asked Questions about Currant Hall
  • Is living in Currant Hall, the honors Living-Learning Community (LLC), required?
  • Yes, we require that incoming Honors students live in Currant Hall, the UHP living-learning community, as it is one of the central elements of the Honors experience. Living in Currant Hall with your Honors peers during your first year provides you a great foundation of community at Davis during your transition to the university. Living in Currant Hall does not mean that you will be isolated from the rest of campus; most Honors students are very involved in the many organizations, sports, and communities at Davis.

    Students may opt out of this scenario for religious reasons, living at home, or living in another LLC. Incoming first-year students should contact if that is the case.
  • Can I have a roommate who is not in UHP live with me in Currant?
  • Unfortunately, the space in Currant Hall is limited and priority goes to incoming Honors students. Under rare circumstances students not in UHP may live in Currant but we are not able to guarantee any such roommate accommodations. For inquiries contact us at
  • For how many years do Honors students live in Currant Hall?
  • Honors students only live in Currant during their first year at UC Davis. After their first year, students move into apartments, second-year university housing, or other housing options. Students who choose to become Resident Advisors (RAs) may live and work in Currant Hall for an additional year.
  • What is it like to live in Currant Hall?
  • Currant Hall is part of the Tercero Residence Hall Area, the most centrally located housing area on campus. Approximately 200 first-year students live on the four floors of Currant Hall. For more information about what it’s like to live in Currant Hall, watch our Currant Hall Video.



How to learn more about UHP: Preview Day and Decision Day

Each April The University Honors Program hosts Preview Day for prospective first-year students who have been invited to join UHP. It provides a specialized agenda that showcases our programs’ goals, objectives and community, which allows prospective students to make an informed decision. Prospective UHP students will learn more about our curriculum, participate in a “mock class”, and connect with current honors students, faculty, and staff!

  • What is the difference between Preview Day and Decision Day?
  • Preview Day is an event hosted by UHP that occurs the Friday afternoon prior to the University-wide Decision Day. It provides a specialized agenda that showcases our programs’ goals, objectives and community—allowing you to make an informed decision. Prospective UHP students will learn more about our curriculum, participate in a “mock class”, and connect with current honors students, faculty, and staff! Only incoming first-year students who have been invited to join UHP are eligible to attend Preview Day.

    Decision Day is an action-packed Saturday showcasing all of UC Davis to all prospective students, not just prospective Honors students. There will be campus tours, presentations by departments such as Financial Aid and Study Abroad, and opportunity to explore many of the organizations and communities at Davis. Visit the Decision Day site for the schedule of events.
  • How do I sign up for Preview Day?
  • Only incoming first-year students who have been invited to join UHP are eligible to attend Preview Day. To sign up for Preview Day, we will send a registration link to your application email addresses. Please fill this out as soon as you can with all of the necessary information.
  • What are the Preview Day mock classes?
  • Mock classes are interactive, discussion-based classes to give you the opportunity to experience what an actual honors class would be like! They are hosted by honors faculty and cover a lesson based on a previous honors class the faculty has taught. Prospective students often cite the mock class as an important factor in their decision to join UHP. Mock classes in the past have included topics such as Music of the Beatles and The Art of Chance! Visit our Courses Page for more examples of honors classes to get an idea of what mock classes may be available.
  • Will food be provided at Preview Day?
  • There will be a social at the end of the event where small hor d'oeuvres will be served. We highly recommend eating a meal before the event begins and bringing snacks as there will be no major meal served. While we always plan to provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and nut free options, please let us know through the Preview Day registration form if you have dietary restrictions.
  • Where do I park? Do I have to pay for parking?
  • A parking map will be sent out with the Preview Day confirmation email. Please park in the designated parking lots as the will be free for those attending Preview Day. Other lots will be $9 for a visitor pass.

    For those attending Saturday Decision
    Day parking is free.
  • Can my family attend?
  • Yes! We are happy to invite your family members to attend Preview Day with you. Please indicate how many guests you will be bringing when you submit your RSVP.
  • Will I have the chance to talk with current students in UHP? What about faculty and staff?
  • Yes, we invite many current students across all years of UHP to Preview Day and the Decision Day Info Session for you to ask questions about all aspects of UHP from curriculum to community. These students are a great resource for getting the student perspective. UHP staff will be attending the events as well in order to answer any specific UHP curriculum questions!

    We also invite current and recent honors faculty to Preview Day to discuss their experiences teaching an honors class.
  • What if I can’t attend Preview Day? How can I learn more about UHP?
  • If you are unable to attend Preview Day, a University Honors Program Information Session will be offered on Saturday, April 4th (time and location TBA). The Information Session is a brief introduction to UHP through a presentation on our curriculum, Q&A with a student panel, and mingling time with our current students and staff. We also highly encourage you to attend Decision Day as you may be able to find answers to specific questions from departments outside of UHP such as your major or Financial Aid.

    If you are unable to attend any of these events, feel free to email us at or call us at 530-752-3225 and we will be in contact to help answer your questions.