On this page, you can learn about the Honors Program requirements for admission. During the July application time period, eligible students also may visit this page to apply online. Please note: The application is always available online here during the month of July. The application period for 2017-2018 will be July 1 through July 31. Please read eligibility information below.
You must be a student in the College of Letters and Science to participate in the Honors Program. You can be admitted to the Honors Program during three windows of opportunity:
- Prior to your first term at UCSB through automatic admission (for Regents Scholars and select incoming freshmen) or by invitation (for select transfer students)
- By applying to the program between your freshman (first-year) and sophomore years, if you have completed at least 36 letter-graded units with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Please note that the requirement prior to 2017 was 3.6.
- By applying to the program between your sophomore and junior years, if you have completed at least 72 letter-graded units with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above. Please note, 2018 will be the last year students (except for transfers) will be eligible to join Honors between sophomore and junior year.
If you are seeking honors opportunities after the completion of 3 or more years in college, you should consider pursuing distinction in your major as an alternative to the Letters and Science Honors Program. For more information, visit the Awards page.
The application period for 2017-2018 was July 1 through July 31. (Applicants will be notified of a decision by email in September.)
Remember that, at your time of application, you must be a current UCSB student and be in the summer between your freshman and sophomore years, or in the summer between your sophomore and junior years. If you will be a new UCSB student in the fall, you do not use this application since incoming students are notified of their eligibility to join the Honors Program. For more information, please visit the FAQ page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the changes in Honors Program requirements, we have two different applications. Students applying as juniors will follow the old rules, while students applying as sophomores will follow the new rules effective 2017 (see our site here for more information about requirements). Note: Please don't base your year on units; instead, apply based on being between your 1st-2nd years or between your 2nd-3rd years at UCSB.