Honors and Special Programs


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:

  • specially designed courses and smaller class sizes
  • interdisciplinary learning experiences
  • co-curricular activities and field trips
  • greater involvement in campus life
  • an atmosphere where both students and faculty are committed to academic excellence, creativity, critical thinking, self-discovery, and professionalism
  • independent or capstone research
  • a successful path for students to complete most of the General Education (GE) requirements for all majors

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.

Visit your campus website for the most up-to-date information on campus honor programs.

Disclaimer: All information provided here is for academic year 2023-24. Information is current as of January 2024 and subject to change without prior notice. Please visit the CSU campus websites or contact a specific campus for up-to-date information.