University Honors Program

What is the Honors Program?

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.

Any student committed to excellence is encouraged to apply (there are no GPA or test-score requirements to apply).

For first-time freshmen, Honors Program fulfills half of the university's General Education (GE) requirements, as well as other graduation requirements, and requires no additional courses for graduation (except for students in some majors – see the Admissions tab). For transfer students, the Honors Program fulfills all upper-division General Education (GE) requirements, an likely requires taking at least one additional General Education Honors course to graduate with Honors in General Education.

Honors Program students receive many benefits, including:

  • Early registration for courses
  • Individual and personalized advising
  • Community with other Honors students
  • Instruction from award-winning faculty
  • Student lounge with snacks, computers, and printing
  • Honors recognition on diploma and transcript