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University Honors Program
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About the Program

Each class in the University Honors Program is taught by a carefully selected faculty member, and class size is limited to 15 to 20 students. Classes are structured to challenge the students while providing each individual with personalized attention from the professor. Students are encouraged and stimulated by a unique and intensive learning experience. Honors students generally receive higher grades in honors classes than in non-honors classes because there is plenty of time for discussion of difficult topics; there is no grading curve; and professors are readily available to give personal attention to each student.

In the University Honors Program, students will not only be able to diversify their knowledge, but also acquire exceptional research and critical-thinking skills in the process. The culmination of the honors experience occurs during the student's senior year; during his or her last year, the student has the opportunity to partake in a culminating six-unit active learning project in the student's major under the aegis of a faculty member and the UHP Director. Honors students also have the opportunity to make close friends by being with the same students in many classes.

The University Honors Program provides a variety of challenging opportunities to enrich the General Education experience. Highly motivated students can embrace the Program as a way in which to complete the university experience at California State University, Long Beach.


  • Selection to a special program that is limited to approximately 1% of the student body
  • A stimulating, uniquely designed General Education curriculum
  • Small discussion-oriented classes
  • Direct and personal contact with outstanding faculty who share academia's highest goals
  • Classes with students who share similar interests and abilities
  • Excellent preparation for graduate school and professional study
  • Planned cultural, social, and academic events
  • Opportunity to do an active learning project in your major
  • A University Honors Program certificate presented at graduation
  • Professor's profile of your individual accomplishments
  • Personalized academic advisement and guidance
  • A very active and friendly University Honors Program Student Association
  • A creative and individualized education for personal growth