Information for Incoming First-Year Students

UC Davis University Honors Program Students in Currant Hall Living Learning Community

Congratulations on your acceptance to UC Davis and welcome to UHP!

This page serves as the information hub for new first-year students participating in the University Honors Program. Please check this page regularly as it will be updated throughout the Spring and Summer until classes begin in Fall. If you have any questions about your participation in the University Honors Program, please email us at


Currant Hall

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!

  • Is living in Currant Hall, the honors Living-Learning Community (LLC), really required?
  • Yes, we require that all 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



Pre-Orientation leads incoming UC Davis students through valuable information needed to hit the ground running during both Orientation and at the start of Fall Quarter.  This video series begins with a message from Chancellor May, followed by four video modules on:

  1. What you need to know before you come to Orientation,
  2. Understanding your Major and General Education requirements,
  3. The campus technologies and tools that impact your education, and
  4. Campus life.


Orientation 2020

New Aggies in the fall of 2020 will participate in a new UC Davis Orientation experience, comprised of three parts: Aggie 101, Aggie Advising and Aggie Orientation.  Prior to your arrival on campus,  you will learn more about the University Honors Program, its curriculum and introduce you to the staff.  Please see our FAQs below for more information about Orientation 2020.

  • When will I sign up for my first UC Davis classes? When will I sign up for my first UHP class?
  • You will choose and register for your first UHP class prior to the start of instruction.  More information will be sent to your UC Davis e-mail address.
  • Do I get UHP Priority Registration during Orientation?
  • Beginning in the first quarter of study, UHP students get to register on the first day of registration for all quarters they are actively enrolled in UHP. For incoming first-year UHP students, this means that Priority Registration will begin in Fall quarter for Winter quarter course registration.
  • How do my AP/IB/community college/etc. credits fit into my units at UC Davis?
  • For questions about credit transfer, you will want to contact your major advisor and Dean’s Office (or the Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) if you are in the College of Biological Sciences). Their advising team will be able to give you the most accurate information about how previous credits will contribute to your degree as they perform all degree checks. Feel free to visit the UC Davis Advanced Placement page to see the AP Credits Chart.