The Honors Program aims to equip students with rich experiences both inside and outside the classroom. For this reason, community service is among the Honors Program requirements. Community service can:
- Expand your intellectual development
- Diversify your personal experience
- Help you define your interests and strengths
- Supplement your in-class learning
- Open pathways to new careers
- Help you build a resume
- Connect you to new people with similar interests and values
- Afford you the chance to make a difference in your community
Students who plan to complete the Honors Program and be eligible for the Academic Excellence Award at graduation must complete volunteer service prior to graduation, in addition to maintaining continued eligibility and completing the appropriate number of Honors Experiences.
- Students who begin the program as first-year or second-year students must complete 40 hours of community service prior to graduation.
- Students who join the program at the start of their third year (including junior transfers) must complete 20 hours of community service prior to graduation.
Refer to the Verifying Completed Service section for information on the required form to submit to the Honors Program.
*Community service may be completed outside the Santa Barbara community, including while studying abroad.
The Honors Program sponsors a tutoring program with Isla Vista School, offering Honors students the opportunity to fulfill their community service requirements while making a difference in a local child’s life. The program matches each volunteer tutor with a sixth- grade student. For two hours each week, the tutor helps the student develop the academic and social skills needed for junior high school. Informational meetings are held each fall quarter. You can email questions to the Tutoring Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
In order for the Honors Program staff to verify completion of the community service requirement, you will need to:
- Submit your volunteer hours for each service activity using our service-entry website. You will log in with your UCSB Net ID.
- Complete an online entry form for each activity, indicating the number of service hours you completed. Your volunteer supervisor (who cannot be a student) will get an email regarding your service and will notify our office of any errors. You will be copied on the email to your supervisor. We will inform you if your service submission was denied.
- Note: In the online entry form you must enter a valid e-mail address for your service supervisor; be sure to obtain their e-mail address prior to filling out the online form.
- Please allow two weeks for processing each entry. You will be able to see your completed hours at the community service website.