Mission Statement

Undergraduate Honors Programs aim to encourage and enhance the academic experience of students who seek exceptional challenge and growth. We do this through the development and support of communities of learning, such as the UC Santa Cruz College Scholars Program and coordination with other academic challenge programs throughout the university. We provide recognition of academic achievement through support of academic awards and prestigious scholarships (both local scholarships, such as the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunities Award, the Deans’ and Chancellor's Awards, and other competitive awards such as the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship), as well as support and coordination of the UCSC chapters of national academic honors societies of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Golden Key International Honour Society.