The University of Texas at Austin offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to pursue a rigorous, research-oriented undergraduate curriculum. But if you’re looking for more than the usual challenge, apply to a freshman honors program.
Honors classes introduce students to advanced scholarship while the programs offer individualized advising, exposure to a community of thought leaders and the opportunity to interact with professors and professionals driving innovation in the field. Meanwhile, dedicated honors housing offers students access to special support and a close-knit community.
Business Honors Program
Modeled after case-based MBA programs, the Business Honors Program’s small classes focus on discussion and presentation, group collaboration and analytic exercises—all in the interest of challenging business students to think outside the box.
Moody College Honors Program
Students in the Moody College Honors Program experience a diverse intellectual community that cultivates critical thinking, dialogue and transformative leaders in all areas of communication. The program offers an interdisciplinary 15-credit curriculum, special events and service activities, and eligibility for honors housing and scholarships to complement any communication major.
Engineering Honors Program
Engineering Honors Program participants benefit from access to honors housing, merit scholarships and community-building activities, such as an annual welcome event and an honors First-Year Interest Group (FIG).
Plan II Honors Program
Recognized as one of the most respected and selective honors programs in the country, Plan II offers a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts and sciences and the flexibility to incorporate other majors and degrees. At its heart is the study of literature, philosophy, society and natural sciences—the things that make us human, from poetry to the latest discoveries in physics or cosmology.
Liberal Arts Honors Program
Ideal for students who want the depth of a particular Liberal Arts discipline alongside the flexibility to incorporate specialized classes focused on reasoning, research and writing, the Liberal Arts Honors Program focuses on broadening students’ worldview and preparing them to lead.
Natural Sciences Honors Programs
The College of Natural Sciences’ honors programs offer a range of opportunities for laboratory and field research placements, interdisciplinary study and personalized academic support.
College honors programs include:
Departmental honors programs include:
- Turing Scholars (Computer Science)
- Human Ecology Honors
(Advanced Human Development and Family Sciences or Advanced Nutritional Sciences)
In order to be considered for a freshman honors program, you must apply for fall admission. Spring and summer applicants are not eligible.