You have high academic standards and have a natural curiosity. You enjoy learning and excelling, and you're ready to get the most you can from your college experience. That's why you're considering the CU Denver University Honors and Leadership Program. Our students benefit from learning with a cohort of 40 equally passionate students and learning from leading faculty members. Classes and requirements are tailored for you and your academic curiosity. We offer research and community service
opportunities, plus leadership programs and our UHL house where you can get away and connect with your honors and leadership peers.
Your support system will include esteemed faculty, dedicated professional staff, and student employees. We're here for you.
You choose how your honors education will be enhanced. Research and internships are just part of what we offer.
Why not UHL? You are an honors student and a leader, and UHL has countless benefits.
$10,000 in scholarships, dispersed over 8 semesters
Our UHL house is your on-campus home. Study, use the free printer, make some coffee, or just hang out. It's our own on-campus communal house located on the picturesque and historic 9th Street Park!
You get the first pick on classes. Need we say more?
As an honors and leadership student you get more.
Admission to University Honors and Leadership (UHL) is competitive.
To start, applicants must meet the published requirements for admission to CU Denver Beyond that, competitive applicants will rank among the best coming out of high school, with a high GPA, high class ranking, and SAT/ACT scores that indicate an ability to handle the rigors of an honors educational experience.
We expect that applicants will rank in the top ten percent of their high school class and/or have scored in the 90th percentile or above on the SAT/ACT.
UHL courses are taught in a learner-centered environment with continuous faculty and student engagement. Students hone their critical thinking skills by analyzing issues from alternative perspectives. The coursework during the first year focuses on the intellectual, social, and personal skills needed to excel in an increasingly diverse, global, and technologically complex society.
A weekly seminar series complements the UHL Core curriculum and features speakers from a variety of sectors including academia, business, and government. Seminar topics range from hot-button policy issues of the moment to the latest in scientific discovery.
Let's Talk Required English
First-Year Foundational Courses
Your first year, in addition to required English, all UHL students will take a total of eight credit hours.
Second- and Third-Year Electives
Your second and third year you will explore elective classes based on which track you decide to take — Leadership Studies or Academic Honors. Over the two years, you will take 15 elective credit hours.
Fourth-Year Seminar Courses
Two semesters of UHL Senior Research Seminar wraps up your UHL experience, including a capstone experience where students will
work in teams on research projects of a multi-disciplinary nature. You will earn two credits each semester.
A typical course of study for both the Leadership Studies and and Academic Honors tracks include required and elective courses.
|Year 1: UHL Core (8 credit hours)||UNHL 1100: The Life of the Mind|
|UNHL 2755: UHL Seminar (two semesters at 1 credit hour each)|
|ENGL 2030: Core Composition II (designated UHL sections)|
Years 2 & 3: Electives (15 credit hours)
|Electives: Five UNHL Leadership Studies or Academic Honors track electives|
Year 4: UHL Core (4 credit hours)
|UNHL 4991: UHL Senior Research Seminar I (2 credit hours)|
UNHL 4992: UHL Senior Research Seminar II (2 credit hours)
Our challenging program offers diverse and engaging courses.
We've got the application process and selection criteria outlined for you.