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University Honors Program

Honors Program

Fall Welcome

Join us on Zoom the Sunday before the semester (Sunday, August 23rd from 6-7pm)!

President Gayle E. Hutchinson, Dean Kate McCarthy, Honors Director Jason Nice, and Honors faculty and staff would like to welcome you to the 2020 Fall Semester! 

Check your email for a Zoom invitation or email or the Zoom link.

The Honors Program, also called Honors in General Education, adds value to a Chico State degree and enhances opportunities after graduation by providing an innovative, inclusive, and challenging interdisciplinary arts and sciences education that culminates in an integrative capstone project. The program attracts and supports an inquisitive and diverse group of first-year, transfer, and international students through personalized advising, engaged faculty, and intentional community.

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Benefits of the Honors Program

The Honors Program offers students a special way to complete requirements for graduation. There are no additional costs or fees to participate in the Honors Program, but students who complete the program receive special recognition that makes their degree from Chico State even more valuable.

  • Greater involvement in the cultural, intellectual, and social life of the University
  • Opportunity to work with great professors and motivated students
  • Priority registration until graduation
  • Recognition at graduation with a medallion and certificate
  • Recognition on your diploma and transcripts
  • Personalized academic advising and guidance
  • Opportunity to live in Honors Housing
you belong here
Congratulations Class of 2020!
Thesis Projects

COVID-19 Update

In response to social distancing, the Honors Office is working remotely. Our physical office is closed at this time. Please be assured that we are checking and responding to applications and emails daily. Please contact us at

Most Fall 2020 instruction at Chico State - including all instruction in the Chico State Honors Program - will take place virtually.  However, the Chico State Honors Program faculty take virtual teaching very, very, seriously.  Faculty teaching Fall 2020 Honors classes are participating in a three-week "Go Virtual" summer institute so that we can provide you with the very best virtual instruction at Chico State.  Also, all Chico State Honors Program faculty are committed to incorporating live ("synchronous") components to our classes to ensure that you will be fully engaged with your professors and your classmates.  We will provide you with more details as they become available.