Program Details

You have high academic standards and a natural curiosity. You enjoy learning and excelling, and you're ready to get the most from your college experience. That's why you're considering the CU Denver University Honors and Leadership Program. Our students benefit from a community of equally passionate students and courses taught by leading faculty members. Classes and requirements are tailored for you and your academic curiosity. We have diverse course offerings, community service opportunities, and leadership programs plus our UHL house where you can get away and connect with your honors and leadership peers. 

Why UHL?

Make Yourself at Home

Our UHL house is your on-campus home. Study, use the free printer/copier, make some coffee, or just hang out. It's our own on-campus house located on the picturesque and historic 9th Street Park! This is a great chance to connect with your cohort, other UHL member, faculty, and staff.

Priority Registration

You get the first pick on classes. Need we say more?

Scholarships

  • UHL scholarship funding
  • Opportunities to apply for additional UHL scholarships

Academic Opportunities

As an honors and leadership student you get more.

  • Your minor makes an impressive addition to your resume
  • Unique courses taught by dedicated faculty
  • The first-time college student track, replaces the majority CU Denver Core requirements
  • The many connections you make with faculty members helps when it's time to request letters of recommendation

Program Overview

I am a first-time college student with no or some college credit

Who Should Apply?

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 (3.4 unweighted minimum), high class ranking, and SAT/ACT scores that indicate an ability to handle the rigors of an honors educational experience. (Test scores are currently optional.) 

Curriculum

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*

Incoming UHL students who haven't taken ENGL 1020 or the equivalent will take it in their first fall semester

All students will take a specific UHL section of ENGL 2030 in their first spring semester

Not sure if you've fulfilled the requirement? Check with your school/college advisor

First Year Foundational Courses

In your first year, in addition to required English courses, all UHL students will take a total of five credit hours

The Life of the Mind (3 credits)

UHL Seminar (2 credits over two semester)

If you do well in your fall courses you may begin on your UHL electives this spring - talk with your UHL advisor

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.

The course of study for the Honors and Leadership minor includes required and elective courses

YearCourse
Year 1: UHL Core (5 credit hours)

UNHL 2755: Honors and Leadership Seminar – semester 1 (1 credit) 

UNHL 1100: Life of the Mind - (3 credit)

UNHL 2755: Honors and Leadership Seminar – semester 2 (1 credit)

*ENGL1020: Comp (3 credits)

*ENGL 2030: Comp II  (3 credits)

Years 2 & 3:  Electives (15 credit hours)

Electives: Five UNHL electives (3 credits each)

Year 4UHL Senior Seminar (4 credit hours)

UNHL 4991: UHL Senior Research Seminar I (2 credit hours)

 

UNHL 4992: UHL Senior Research Seminar II (2 credit hours)

 

I have attended college and completed at least 45 credits or an associates degree

Who Should Apply? 

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 have a college GPA of 3.25 or greater plus a minimum of 45 college credits or completion of an associates degree.  

Curriculum 

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. A weekly seminar series during your first year complements the UHL 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. 

During your tenure in UHL you will explore elective classes in both Leadership Studies and Academic Honors. Over the two years, you will take nine elective credit hours. 

Two semesters of UHL Senior Research Seminar wraps up your UHL experience which is a capstone experience where students will work in teams on research projects of a multi-disciplinary nature. You will earn two credits each semester. 

The course of study for the Honors and Leadership minor includes required and elective courses.

YearCourse
Year 1: UHL Core (2 credit hours)

UNHL 3755: Honors and Leadership Seminar – semester 1 (1 credit) 

 

UNHL 3755: Honors and Leadership Seminar – semester 2 (1 credit) 

Years 1 & 2: Electives (9 credit hours)

Electives: Three UNHL electives 

Year 2: UHL Senior Seminar (4 credit hours)

UNHL 4991: UHL Senior Research Seminar I (2 credit hours)

 

UNHL 4992: UHL Senior Research Seminar II (2 credit hours)