The University of Pittsburgh established the University Honors College (UHC) in 1986 to meet the special academic and co-curricular needs of capable and motivated undergraduate students. Building upon the achievements of the University Honors Program, begun in 1978, the UHC provides increased opportunity, incentives, and recognition for high attainment by students.

Welcome from the Dean

Read what Dean Brian Primack has to say about the Honors College and the many reasons it might be the ideal fit for you. 

Mission, Values, and Vision

The mission of the University Honors College (UHC) is to meet the academic and extracurricular needs of the University of Pittsburgh's most able, ambitious, and inquisitive undergraduate students by providing intellectual challenges, inspiring individual effort, encouraging independent thinking and self-discovery, and fostering a nurturing community.

Student Ambassadors

The UHC Student Ambassador program began in the 2012-13 academic year. Junior and senior undergraduate students who participate actively in UHC offerings are chosen to promote honors opportunities to the general University community through informal conversations and formal announcements in freshman seminars, special student events, and within the residence halls.

Prospective Students

The University Honors College (UHC) provides numerous opportunities and resources to all interested, motivated, and able students at the University of Pittsburgh.

Faculty Fellows

In January 2015 the UHC inaugurated a program called the Honors College Faculty Fellows. This new designation is intended to provide an honorific title to faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the UHC during the past five years.

Board of Visitors

The University Honors College Board of Visitors was formed late in 2013 to provide candid, comprehensive, and informed reactions to the College’s educational objectives and programs and to provide insight and guidance in the College’s strategic planning process.

G. Alec Stewart Student Achievement Awards

The G. Alec Stewart Student Achievement Awards recognize students in their junior year who are judged to best symbolize the values of the UHC and of the University generally.


Learn about the latest happenings in the Honors College by subscribing to our newsletter.

Frequently Asked Questions

There's a lot to know about the University Honors College. All questions, no matter how frequent, are welcome.