Benefits of the UHP

Students in the University Honors Program receive the following benefits:

  • an intensive, innovative, interdisciplinary education that replaces the core curriculum
  • close personal contacts with teachers, staff, and other students
  • annual advising sessions and access to in-house year-round advising
  • priority registration for classes
  • the opportunity to meet and get to know not only a wide variety of faculty and administrators on campus but important figures in the community and distinguished visitors from around the world
  • access at all times to the Spencer Honors House and its facilities, which include several high-quality computers, study areas, kitchen, library, pool table, ping pong table, stereo, and tv/vcr/dvd
  • funding to attend state, regional, and national honors conferences, including the option to give formal presentations
  • study abroad or at other campuses through the National Collegiate Honors Council Honors Semesters Program
  • access to honors housing
  • access to interlibrary loan (usually reserved for faculty and graduate students)
  • program-related scholarships
  • recognition at graduation, the annual Honors Convocation,  and Honors Day
  • on successful completion of the program, graduation "With University Honors" or (if UAB GPA is lower than 3.0) "With Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies" as acknowledged on the final transcript and in the commencement booklet and read aloud as the student (wearing a special white cord) marches across the stage
  • an advantage in applying for graduate and professional schools and for post-baccalaureate scholarships
  • opportunities to publish in or serve on the board of Sanctuary, the UHP and Southern Regional Honors Council literary journal
  • numerous opportunities for Honors-sponsored social service projects and extracurricular activities