The Honors College

The Honors College provides an academically enriched and socially supportive environment that inspires students in all disciplines to become creative and critical thinkers as well as leaders in their fields.

A Unique Experience

With core learning goals focused on civic engagement, leadership, and knowledge creation, it prepares students to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

The Honors College offers the resources of a major public university combined with the best features of a liberal arts college. Exceptional faculty and interdisciplinary courses foster the intellectual curiosity of all students and provide rigorous preparation for those interested in pursuing advanced degrees in graduate or professional school. Caring staff and specialized advising help each student achieve his or her personal and academic goals. Motivated and high-achieving peers encourage each other to reach their full potential.

Honors College students pay the same fees as regularly enrolled students. There are no additional fees associated with enrollment in the Honors College. 

Why Join The Honors College?

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  • Being part of a supportive Honors learning community
  • Access to dedicated study and social spaces
  • Smaller interactive classes
  • Honors College scholarship opportunities
  • Priority registration
  • Working with a faculty member on a culminating project
  • Special recognition at graduation
  • Individualized advising with an emphasis on career development and professional or graduate school
  • Access to the broad range of Cal State LA’s undergraduate research and other creative academic opportunities


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Join the Honors College

The Cal State LA Honors College is committed to admitting motivated students who are interested in actively participating in our intellectual, social, and community engagement programs. Selection will be based on a comprehensive review of application materials, including written essays and letters of recommendation. Both new and continuing students are eligible for admission to the Honors College. New students must also be admitted to the University. 

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National and International Scholarships and Fellowships Program

Located within the Honors College, NISFeP assists all Cal State LA students in pursuing off-campus scholarships and fellowships in the areas of academic and applied research, and global and civic learning.

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The Honors College supports the undergraduate community with advising services as students explore, navigate Cal State LA and graduate. Academic Advisors help students navigate through Cal State LA Orientation, registration of classes, and graduation with general education and Honors College requirements. Students should meet regularly with their advisor.


4/10 — Fulbright Information Session

This presentation will cover award opportunities, the application and selection process, and questions about the program.
Monday, April 10, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Honors College Lounge (KH D1047)




4/13 — Murder Mystery Game Night

Join us for Murder Mystery Game Night 
hosted by AHA 
Thursday, April 13, from 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: King Hall (Basement), Room KH D 138 
*no charge 

4/19 — Exploring the Criminalistics Field by Dr. Katherine Roberts

Spring Faculty Lecture 2023
Presented by Dr. Katherine Roberts, Director of the Graduate Program in Criminalistics. 
Wednesday, April 19, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Meet at Honors College Lounge (KH D1047) no later than 11:40 a.m. to walk over to HDFSC 240.


4/28 — Thesis Symposium

The Symposium features Honors College students presenting their research.
Friday, April 28, from 1 - 5 p.m.
USU - Los Angeles Room 

Honors College Alumna

Dr. Leana Wen
Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician, professor of health policy and management at George Washington University, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is also the author of When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests (2013) and Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health (2021).  She returned to The Honors College for an insightful conversation on public health, mentorship, and her newest book.

Honors College

Main Office: King Hall D1045
Advising Office: D145, Basement