Honors Program Benefits & Advantages

As an Honors student, your dedication to academic excellence comes with a host of exclusive privileges that go beyond the prestigious recognition at graduation. Embrace the perks of being part of this esteemed community!

Dive into "Honors Experiences".

Brace yourself for a series of captivating "Honors Experiences" that transcend the traditional classroom setting. Immerse yourself in interactive seminars, workshops, and collaborative projects that foster critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and effective communication skills. These experiences are designed to prepare you for the challenges of the modern world and equip you with the tools you need to thrive. Click here to explore the various Honors Experiences offered exclusively to Honors students.

Gain access to a dedicated team of Honors Advisors.

Honors students have exclusive access to Honors Advisors to guide you through the program and ensure you're on the right path to success. Whether you have questions about the Honors program or need help planning your quarterly course schedule, our advisors are here for you! What's more, they offer flexible appointment options to fit your schedule, including convenient walk-in hours designed specifically for Honors students. Click here for details on quarterly In-Person, Phone or Zoom advising.

Take advantage of Graduate Library privileges.

Enjoy extended borrowing privileges at the UCSB Library. Keep your books until the end of the quarter instead of the standard three weeks. Implementing your library privileges is easy, just take a photo ID to the Circulation Desk at the UCSB Library, where they have a list of all current Honors students.

Honors students can also apply for book locker privileges for even more convenience. To obtain, renew and return a book locker, please fill out the following online form through the library website: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/lockers. Once you fill out the form, you should receive all the necessary information regarding your assigned locker.

Stay informed with the Honors Listserv.

Honors members gain exclusive access to a wealth of academic insights, community-service opportunities, program deadlines, and essential reminders with the Honors Listserv. Designed to support our Honors students every step of the way, the email updates will keep you informed about the most pertinent opportunities. You will be automatically subscribed to the listserve using your Umail address when you are accepted into the program. To be removed contact: honorsmail@ltsc.ucsb.edu.

Join a Community of Driven Scholars.

As a member of the Honors Program, you'll be part of a vibrant community of passionate and focused scholars who share your thirst for knowledge. Forge meaningful connections with fellow students who are as motivated and dedicated as you are. Collaborate, exchange ideas, and embark on group projects that will broaden your perspective and enrich your college experience.

Experience personal interaction with Faculty and Staff.

In the Honors Program, you're not just another student in a lecture hall – you're an integral part of an engaged and tight-knit community. Build personal relationships with distinguished faculty and staff who are eager to guide you on your academic journey. Their mentorship and support will not only enhance your learning but also provide invaluable insights into your chosen field of study.

Create a springboard for future success.

The Honors Program at UCSB isn't just about the present – it's about setting the stage for a brilliant future. The skills, connections, and insights you gain as an Honors Student will prove invaluable as you pursue advanced degrees, embark on rewarding careers, and make your mark on the world. Employers and graduate schools recognize the dedication and rigor that come with Honors, giving you a competitive edge in your chosen path.

But don't take our word for it...

Read the Testemonials of our Honors Alumni.

                                                 "I absolutely loved my job as an Honors Program Peer. Getting to meet so many extremely intelligent and driven individuals really inspires me. I'm also excited to share my experiences with the incoming Honors students through the Honors Mentor program because I know they will be amazed by how many opportunities they will receive through this program! Not to mention how much fun they will have if they join our Isla Vista Elementary Tutoring Program!" 

   Haley Ferrera, Alumna and former Honors Program Peer


"Being a part of the Honors Program has helped me cultivate deeper connections with my professors and has opened me up to new and exciting opportunities that I didn't imagine I would have during my college years at such a large university. As an Honors Program Peer, I was excited to organize more events to help create a sense of community and togetherness within the Honors Program."  [We recommend following the Honors Program's Facebook page for updates on upcoming events.]

Mallory Shiroyama, Alumna and former Honors Program Peer


"I’m so thankful to be a part of the Honors Program here at UCSB. Not only has it opened me up to opportunities I never thought I’d have the chance to do during college, it has also provided me with greater connections with my professors — a privilege at such a large university. For my Environmental Studies Honors Section with Professor Alagona, I had the chance to go on a 3-day field trip to the Sierra Nevada, where we were able to meet lots of prestigious people in a variety of job fields, as well as see how environmental issues are very important today."

Rachel DeAngelis, Alumna


"My favorite experience in the Honors Program was Dr. John Park's Honors Seminar on Law and Disobedience. This course opened my mind to the vast number of sources from which knowledge can come; I have since broadened my education by attending events such as TEDxUCSB, a Ted Talk event at which Dr. Park spoke about how power and knowledge contribute to modern race relations. He is so charismatic and made class sessions feel both casual and professional, encouraging the connection of issues across disciplines, as well as giving useful advice on life after college. Plus he always offered tea and chocolate."

Megan O'Beirne, Alumna


"Participating in the Honors Program allowed me to work one-on-one with my professors to get even more out of my already great Sociology courses. My honors standing as well as my leadership experience from being the Isla Vista Tutoring Coordinator made my resume stand out and helped me to already receive an offer for a great, full-time career after graduation."

Kate Chase, Alumna and former Isla Vista Tutoring Coordinator




"Although I joined the Honors Program for the early registration times, after joining I realized the tremendous opportunities to network with other students and work closely with faculty."

Chris Condron, Alumnus



"I really enjoy having the opportunity to take Honors Seminars and Honors Contracts in unique subject areas. Many professors teach seminars or establish contracts around a specific area of interest to them, thus allowing students to learn about a topic that may not be offered in other UCSB courses."

Kristen Wieser, Alumna





"I love that the Honors Program creates a small community within a large university, making my experience as a student more manageable and rewarding."

Audrey Abeyta, Alumna



"A few of the relationships I’ve built have been maintained, which made the process of getting letters of recommendation much easier."

Jeannette Figg, Alumna, Yale law student




"The Honors Program has given me the opportunity to develop better relationships with my professors while also creating a more in-depth academic experience."

Kelsey Foltz, Alumna



"Through Honors Sections and Contracts, I enjoy having thought-provoking discussions and participating in challenging projects that go beyond what’s required of you as a regular student in class. You get to form relationships with faculty who are prestigious in their areas of expertise and actively engage with their wealth of knowledge."

Kaitlyn Hollister, Alumna




"I have had the opportunity of going deeper in the course material through projects, research and building closer relationships with professors, which has allowed me to truly make the most of my academic career at UCSB."

Danielle Mayorga, Alumna




"The Honors Program has allowed me to develop close ties to UCSB faculty members through Honors Contracts and Sections. It has also opened up volunteer opportunities such as the Isla Vista Elementary School tutoring program."

Michael Moses, Alumnus