Welcome to the University Honors Program

The Honors Program offers you the opportunity to work closely with some of Chico State's best professors in small, specially designed courses. These classes provide lively and engaging experiences designed to spark your interests. In this small community of scholars, true learning partnership can grow, giving you an opportunity to get to know and work with other motivated students who become your friends, and faculty who become your mentors. You become part of a vital learning community that extends beyond the classroom walls. The Honors Program provides you with a comfortable place to go within the larger university, a home base that is friendly and supportive. Please read our Honors Program Brochure (PDF).

Benefits of the Honors Program:

  • Greater involvement in the cultural, intellectual, and social life of the University
  • Opportunity to work with great professors and motivated students
  • Small classes
  • Priority registration until graduation
  • Recognition at graduation with a medallion and certificate
  • Recognition on your diploma and transcripts
  • Upper-division theme classes taught by two professors per class
  • Personalized academic advising and guidance
  • Opportunity to live in Honors Housing

We offer two different ways to graduate with Honors at Chico State:

Come enjoy the computer lab with other Honors students.


New Office Location

The Honors Office has officially relocated to Sutter 150. This space is located in the Sutter Courtyard and is a part of the same building as The Hub.

Honors Students Awarded Grant to Develop Sustainable Storm Water Filters

Congratulations to fellow honors students Harrison Mills (Chemistry), and Sophia Bauer (Environmental Science), who are on a team of six students awarded a $15,000 grant from the EPA! The project will develop green methods for filtering urban storm water runoff in order to reduce the impact of sediments, pesticides, metals and other pollutants on local aquatic ecosystems.

Honors Student Awarded at CCMA Event

Congratulations to honors student Whitney Urmann, who received an honorable mention for the best editorial in The Orion at the California College Media Association Awards! Urmann's award was among five others that The Orion won at the event in Los Angeles.

Honors Professor Selected for Global Poetry Prize

California State University, Chico professor Heather Altfeld has received the inaugural Poets at Work Book Prize for her first poetry collection, “The Disappearing Theatre.”


On the Feeble Attempt to Teach Beauty

Check out this article in the North American Review that Professor Heather Altfeld wrote on teaching "Beauty."