UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

College of Engineering Honors Program

The Honors Program in the College of Engineering is designed to enrich the educational opportunities of its best students. Students in the Honors Program will be encouraged to participate in early experiences in scholarship through special seminars and individualized work in regular courses and, in later years, as members of research teams. 

Participation in the Honors Program offers preferential enrollment in classes for continuing students as well as graduate student library privileges. Housing is available to eligible first-year students in Scholars’ Halls located in several university-owned residence halls.

The College of Engineering invites approximately the top 10% of incoming freshmen into the Honors Program based on a combination of high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores.  Select incoming transfer students will be invited to join the College Honors Program. Students who do not enter the College of Engineering with honors may petition to enter the program after attaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater at the end of the academic year.  Eligibility criteria are subject to change at any time.  Please visit the website for more information.

To graduate with Honors Program Designation, students must complete a minimum of 6.0 honors units comprised of coursework from departmental 196, 197, 199 or graduate level courses applicable to their major with grades of B or higher, complete a total of 10 hours of community service per year and maintain a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA at the end of each Spring quarter.

Continued participation in the College Honors Program is dependent on maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater and active participation in both the academic and community service components of the Program.