CSU honors programs provide a rigorous environment of learning for academically motivated students. These programs develop students’ critical thinking and communication skills, expanding the boundaries of their academic potential to help them become thinkers and leaders in fields that have significant impact on society. Hallmarks of these honors programs include:
One important mission of the honors programs is to create a community of diverse and engaged scholars who cultivate intellectual engagement and educational experience. Other core values that honors programs offer are equality, flexibility, openness, integrity, courage, persistence, compassion, accountability, teamwork, and academic excellence.
In general, most campuses offer honors programs to exceptional first-time freshman students, which enable them to develop leadership and intellectual skills and cultivate habits of critical thinking, independent analysis, and collaboration. Honors programs seek to challenge students academically while also providing the resources to grow socially, culturally, and professionally. Honors programs may offer scholarships and specialized courses to eligible participants.
Disclaimer: All information provided here is for academic years 2021-22 and 2022-23. Information is current as of March 2021 and subject to change without prior notice. Please visit the
CSU campus websites or contact a specific campus for up-to-date information.