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There are three ways a student may enter the University Honors Program. Detailed application guidelines can be found on the website of the University Honors Program at www.csulb.edu/uhp.

Please be advised that the University Honors Program offers a distinct Engineering Honors option for students pursuing a major in Engineering. These students must meet specific application criteria and procedures that are outlined on the website indicated above. Admitted Engineering students follow the requirements of General Honors Plan I or II.

  • - Incoming first-year students are invited to apply to General Honors I on the basis of high school class standings, ACT composite score, and/or SAT scores. Normally, students should be in the upper ten percent of their high school classes, and have an ACT composite score of at least 24, and/or strong SAT scores, and a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Even if not all criteria are met, a combination of them may be evaluated for admissions consideration by the Honors Program Director under special circumstances.
  • - Any continuing student who maintains a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA at California State University, Long Beach and can accommodate 15 units of upper-division Honors coursework into his/her graduation timeline is eligible to apply to General Honors II. CSULB students not meeting the designated criteria may petition for admission. These exceptional cases will be reviewed by the Director and the University Honors Program Advisory Board. Students are encouraged to petition if they have a good explanation for not meeting the basic requirements and/or a strong motivation to participate in the Program.

Transfer students may apply to General Honors II, provided they have a minimum equivalent of a 3.5 GPA in all coursework at the accredited institution from which they are transferring. Where Honors transfer agreements have been negotiated with a community college (such as with Long Beach City College), the terms and conditions of these agreements govern admission to the CSULB University Honors Program.


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