Scholars Striving Toward a Better World

A top-tier research university. Collaborative learning environments. Elite, engaged faculty. A diverse campus environment. Real-world applications.

These are the tools you need to excel. Arizona’s Honors College provides a home for dedicated engineering students to thrive.

Honors College

Honors Benefits

  • Priority class registration
  • Exclusive scholarships and grants
  • Advanced research opportunities
  • Industry internships and contacts
  • Smaller classes
  • Interdisciplinary electives
  • Study abroad options and honors societies
  • Degree distinction with honors

First-Year Foundations

First-year Honors engineers build their fundamental knowledge with rigorous courses specific to the program. You’ll be enrolled in introductory Honors coursework, including the Catalyst & First Year Seminar, Honors general education and the Honors Introduction to Engineering (ENGR 102A/B).

Living and Learning in Honors

Honors engineers can choose to live in themed residence halls, such as Cambium STEM Scholars, where classrooms and community spaces are one. In these communities, you’ll have access to exclusive courses and faculty mentors are available to provide regular guidance. Seminars and the Honors First-Year Project will guide you to publish your undergraduate research. You’ll also make life-long friends from a small cohort of peers.

Scholarships & Awards

Honors students have access to exclusive scholarships and research grants.

Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Scholars
Made possible by the generosity of the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, these scholarships are awarded to select incoming National Scholars – National Merit, National Hispanic and National Achievement scholars – who display excellence in academic and extracurricular endeavors.

National Scholar Award
Incoming National Merit Scholars, National Hispanic Scholars and National Achievement Scholars in the College of Engineering are eligible to receive renewable scholarship money, in addition to their scholarship package from the University of Arizona.

Da Vinci Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of da Vinci Circle members, the College of Engineering awards on average 10 da Vinci scholarships each year to exceptional students.

Honors College Scholarships and Grants
The University of Arizona Honors College supports students as they seek to enhance their undergraduate experience through study abroad, research, professional conferences and summer internships.

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Recognition for Honors Engineers

Dean’s List
The dean and faculty of the college proudly recognize students whose academic achievements merit special distinction.

Honors Convocation
Each fall, the college honors students who achieved excellence in the previous academic year. The ceremony includes a full reception for family and friends.

Applying to Honors at the University of Arizona

In 2019, nearly 40% of incoming Wildcat engineers were also admitted to the Honors College.

To apply to the Honors College as an incoming freshman, students must first complete the UA application through UA Future, or via the Common Application or Coalition Application.  Upon submission of the UA application, the Honors College supplemental application becomes available. A resume, letter of recommendation, test scores and essay are required.

Please note that the Honors College application process for transfer students is different.

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