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Each fall, the University’s Honors Program welcomes an entering class whose size and academic profile compare with the country’s elite liberal arts colleges. 

Among the most compelling reasons students come to UGA is that Honors at Georgia solves one of the most difficult dilemmas facing students of exceptional ability: deciding whether to attend a major research university with outstanding scholars and exceptional scientific, academic, and cultural resources or to attend a small liberal arts college that offers close contact with other similarly motivated students, small classes with dedicated professors, and individual attention.

Students in the UGA Honors Program are assured the best of both worlds.

Honors at UGA not only offers smaller classes taught by leading faculty members, but also provides an array of special opportunities beyond the classroom that enable students to pursue their academic dreams.

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Scheduled Honors Courses

Honors sections are taught by specially selected faculty with an average class size from 17-20 students. Honors sections provide faculty with opportunities to introduce their disciplines more deeply, utilizing more individualized and innovative approaches.

Students are expected to take a minimum of nine Honors sections and maintain a 3.4 average GPA during their time at UGA in order to graduate with Honors. Those wishing to graduate with High or Highest Honors must complete a capstone experience consisting of graduate courses, a senior thesis, or a special project prior to graduation. Lower division first- and second-year Honors sections satisfy core curriculum requirements in all schools and colleges.

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Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO), which is administered by the Honors Program, promotes opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of Georgia to engage in research with premier research faculty. CURO operates on the premise that it is possible for undergraduate students and faculty members to cooperatively engage in the creation of knowledge. Research faculty members who participate in CURO consider students partners in a learning community, and many students find they develop mentoring relationships focused on conducting research.

Participating in undergraduate research contributes to the intellectual, professional, and personal growth of students. Through in-depth research with faculty members, students can explore questions and issues of interest as lines of inquiry develop through their undergraduate careers, earning academic credit in the process.

Honors students can participate in CURO from their very first days on campus and may continue to participate throughout their undergraduate years. For further information, visit the CURO site.

Learn about funding through the CURO Honors Scholarship.

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Honors Internships

Each summer, the Honors Internship Program offers students the opportunity to live and work in New York, Savannah, and Washington, DC. Internship placements include congressional offices, government agencies, think tanks, media companies, law firms, and nonprofit organizations.

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Travel and Study Abroad

The Honors International Scholars Program encourages students to engage in opportunities abroad. Scholars use their stipends to fund overseas study, intensive language training, internships, public service, and research.

Participation in Graduate Courses

Honors students with sufficient background are encouraged to participate in graduate courses, with the approval of the department, the Honors Program, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Double Dawgs

The Double Dawgs program permits qualified undergraduates to pursue a curriculum leading to a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years or less. Visit the Double Dawgs website at for more information on this opportunity.

Advising and Registration

The Honors Program provides access to a team of professional advisors who can individually assist students through advisement. Honors students are also given priority registration for all classes taught at the University.

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