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Frequently Asked Questions

​What is the UHL Program?

The University Honors and Leadership (UHL) program is the University of Colorado Denver's university-wide undergraduate honors program, offering both a traditional academic honors curriculum and an honors program in leadership studies. The UHL program offers exceptional, highly motivated students many of the benefits of a small liberal arts college along with the opportunities available at a major research university.

How does UHL fit into my regular degree program at CU-Denver?

Over the four years of the UHL program, the courses taken satisfy 27 credit hours of CU-Denver's Core curriculum requirements. That means that while pursuing their regular degree programs, UHL students take a set of UHL courses, selected from a wide variety of UHL offerings, which cover the basic knowledge areas of the university's core curriculum.  The courses that are not covered by the UHL program are introductory English (ENGL 1020), a math class, and a laboratory science course.

If I am selected for the UHL program, can I still graduate in four years?

Yes, the UHL program courses satisfy 27 credit hours of the required university core curriculum (34-38 credit hours), it does not add to the hours required for graduation from CU Denver.

You mentioned an academic honors curriculum and an honors program in leadership studies.  What is the difference between these two tracks of the UHL program?

Each of the two UHL tracks has a particular course curriculum and an associated minor.  Students in the Academic Honors track are exposed to complex problems, competing perspectives and differing approaches to important topics and in the process build and broaden their communication, analytical and critical thinking skills. Students pursuing the Academic Honors track have the opportunity to earn a minor in Multidisciplinary Research Methods. Those following the Leadership Studies track study the ethics, history, and literature of leadership and then apply these principles in semester-long projects. Students pursuing the Leadership Studies Track have the opportunity to receive a minor in Leadership Studies.

What are the benefits for those who are accepted into and choose to complete the UHL program?

Each student admitted to the UHL program receives a base scholarship of $10,000 distributed over four years and may apply for additional UHL and university scholarships. In addition to this financial support, UHL students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research side-by-side with CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus faculty members, to complete an internship and to participate in leadership-development activities with like-minded students from other universities. In addition, UHL students have the use of the UHL House, a restored Victorian building on the Ninth Street Park of the Auraria Campus. 

What are the expectations of those who participate in the UHL program?

UHL students are expected to maintain a high level of academic excellence while studying at CU Denver. They are also encouraged to avail themselves of the research and internship opportunities offered through the UHL program and to be involved in UHL-sponsored outreach and services activities which are directed at the university and the wider community.


University Honors and Leadership Program

Phone: 303-315-7838 • Fax: 303-315-7836

Street Address: 1047 Ninth Street Park • Mailing Address: Campus Box 199, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364


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