Welcome to the University Honors Program, the heart of SMU's intellectual community!

What is the Honors Program?

The University Honors Program open to students of all majors, is at the heart of SMU’s intellectual community. Students are prepared for the future through a program that centers on the values of a broad-based education in the humanities and sciences.

Honors students enjoy intellectual challenges from dedicated University faculty in small classes (of 15 to 20 students whenever possible) that place a premium on in-class conversations and faculty-student interaction. The Honors curriculum encourages students to explore their individual interests through special research projects and interdisciplinary studies—on campus in Dallas, at SMU-in-Taos (New Mexico) and elsewhere in the United States or abroad.

Honors students take the same number of classes that non-Honors students take, but do so in an environment that encourages greater individual learning and achievement.  The Program extends beyond the work in the classroom to the development of a community of scholars—students and faculty—who relish the challenge and adventure of the life of the mind. In so doing, the University Honors Program serves as the intellectual heart of SMU, broadens students’ perspectives, and raises the level of discourse across campus.

SMU’s Honors students are active and visible in all facets of University life. In short, the University Honors Program expands and enriches the undergraduate possibilities and horizons.

View our Senior Class Profiles for a complete list of all graduate achievements

UHP Student News

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UHP Events

Walking Tour of the Arts District       


Meet at Doak Walker

UHP Study Break

November 27th - 6:00 PM

Scholars Den (Clements G06)

SMU Honors Physics Poster Night: "Filmbusters"

December 3rd - 5:30 PM

Dallas Hall Rotunda

UHP Study Break and Book Giveaway

December 4th - 6:00 PM

Scholars Den (Clements G06)


New UHP Alumni Network

If you are an alum of the SMU UHP and would like to learn more about our new Alumni Network, please email Susan Harris (sharris@smu.edu). To read about recent alumni achievements, click here.