Community Building: First-Year Honors Program

eSlug Newsletter Winter 2016

Professor Sandy Chung teaching Endangered Languages honors course. Photo by Jim MacKenzie.

Professor Sandy Chung teaching Endangered Languages honors course. Photo by Jim MacKenzie.

Sixth installment in a series of articles on community building at UC Santa Cruz. Brought to you by eSlug!

Did you know that UC Santa Cruz was recently ranked second (tied with Stanford) in the world for research influence by the Times Higher Education University Rankings? Undergraduates benefit from the innovative research and scholarship being completed at UCSC in a number of ways, including the First-Year Honors Program.

The First-Year Honors Program, offered at Cowell and Crown residential colleges, creates a community of high-achieving students in their freshman year in which students are housed together and participate in a year-long sequence of special honors courses, as well as connecting with distinguished faculty mentors. They also receive priority enrollment the first year.

Admission to the First-Year Honors Program is for freshmen only by invitation, based on the students' UC application. If your students are selected for the program, they will receive an e-mail from the UCSC Office of Admissions in March.

New for fall 2016: The First-Year Honors Program will be redesigned and renamed to the UCSC Scholars Program for students selected in fall 2016. The program will include expanded participation by the residential colleges and programming that extends to the students' second year. Further information will be available on the program's web site in the spring, and we will update you with more details in the Spring 2016 edition of eSlug.