Honors Program

About the College of Engineering Honors Program

Students in the College of Engineering Honors Program will be encouraged to participate in early experiences in scholarship through special seminars and individualized work in regular courses and, in later years, as members of research teams.

Participation in the Honors Program offers preferential enrollment in classes for continuing students as well as graduate student library privileges. Housing is available to eligible first-year students in Scholars’ Halls located in several university-owned residence halls.

The College of Engineering invites approximately the top 10% of incoming freshmen into the Honors Program based on a combination of high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores. (Please note: eligibility criteria are subject to change at any time.) Transfer students with a UC transferable GPA of 3.6 or greater are invited to join the College Honors Program.

Students who do not enter the College of Engineering with honors at the freshman level may petition to enter the program after attaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater during two consecutive quarters at UCSB.

College of Engineering Honors students may also enroll in special honors sections of general education courses offered by the College of Letters and Science.

Continued participation in the College Honors Program is dependent on maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater and active participation in both the academic and community service components of the Program.

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Mechanical Engineering Honors Students

Engineering honors students with upper division standing may, with faculty approval, enroll in ME 199 to research topics that will compliment their major studies.

Pi Tau Sigma is the national mechanical engineering honor society. Membership is based on academic achievement. To be eligible for membership, juniors must rank in the top quarter of their class and seniors in the top third of their class. Students who are qualified for membership will be contacted by representatives of Pi Tau Sigma.

Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society. Membership is based on academic achievement. To be eligible for membership, juniors must rank in the top 1/8th of their graduating class and seniors in the top 1/5th of their graduating class.