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Campus Honors Program

The Campus Honors Program (CHP) is a campus-wide learning community offered to a limited number of incoming freshmen.

Students from all colleges can be invited to join the Campus Honors Program. CHP students, called Chancellor's Scholars, form collaborative relationships with other students and faculty through seminars and intensive classes, a faculty mentoring system, and many co-curricular events. Completion of the program is noted on your Illinois transcript and at graduation ceremonies.


Each year, only about 125 students are enrolled to the CHP as freshmen. Others may apply from November 1 to February 1 in their freshman year to join the program at the beginning of sophomore year. Acceptance is based on extraordinary academic achievement and evidence of creativity, leadership, intellectual curiosity, motivation to excel, and willingness to be an active member of our campus community and the world.


In addition to forming strong connections with your peers and mentors within the program, students find intellectual challenges in the CHP courses. Students can choose from different courses offered each semester. The CHP’s required courses are not an alternative curriculum; students can participate in the CHP without conflicts in college or departmental honors programs. Many courses fulfill campus general education and departmental honors programs' requirements. Freshmen and sophomores in the CHP enroll in specialized versions of general education courses and participate in interdisciplinary seminars once they become upperclassmen. Courses offered for the CHP requirement can be found at


To remain in good standing in the program, students must maintain a minimum 3.3 grade point average, successfully complete a total of five CHP-sponsored courses, participate in a specified number of CHP co-curricular events and activities, and conduct themselves with the civility and goodwill befitting a campus leader.


The CHP hosts numerous annual events, such as:

  • The Krannert Dress Rehearsal Series, providing special access to productions at one of the nation’s premier educational and professional performing arts complexes
  • The Scholar Adventurers Series, encouraging informal conversations with student, faculty, and guest presenters
  • The Honors Convocation, featuring a visit from an accomplished writer
  • Extracurricular activities initiated and promoted by the Honors Student Council

Benefits of the Campus Honors Program

Acceptance into the Campus Honors Program provides numerous advantages, including:

  • Enrollment in courses with limited space, which often have less than 20 students
  • Priority registration
  • Chancellor's Scholar status noted on transcripts
  • Activities and interactions in the Honors House, a student center geared specifically for honors students
  • Support for special research initiatives
  • Study abroad trips to locations such as South Africa and the Galapagos Islands: limited to CHP students and heavily subsidized
  • Opportunities to attend cultural events and seminars
  • Access to the University's library stacks, which are normally reserved for graduate students and faculty
  • Support with applying for prestigious national and international scholarships and awards, such as the Rhodes Scholarship

For more information about specific requirements and opportunities in the Campus Honors Porgram, visit

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