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Honors and Opportunities

UCSD students have large ambitions and high goals, and UCSD offers many opportunities for students to enhance their educational experiences while at UCSD.


  • The university offers Regents' Scholarships to a small number of first-year students admitted as freshmen.
  • The Provost hand-picks a select group of incoming freshmen to be part of the Freshmen Honors Seminar, MUIR 90H, to be exposed to research and faculty in Fall Quarter. Regents Scholars are automatically invited to this seminar.
  • You can earn provost’s honors every quarter in which your term GPA is 3.5 or higher and you are enrolled in 12 or more graded units.
  • You can earn Latin Honors at graduation (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude) for graduating in the top 14% of your class.
  • You can earn Department Honors based on completing a specific honors curriculum in your major, earning a high GPA and completing a final project in your major.
  • Muir students who reach senior status and complete at least 44 UC letter graded units with a 3.8 UC GPA are considered annually for membership in the Caledonian Society.
  • Our top graduates each spring quarter are reviewed by the provost to award a handful of awards as Muir Scholars.
  • Phi Beta Kappa is the most prestigious undergraduate honor society in the liberal arts and sciences in the United States. Each spring they nominate and initiate new members and select graduate intiate award recipients.

Study Abroad

International experience can improve your career options and college experience. Opportunities exist for all majors, language levels, and exist for full year, one semester, or for the summer. You can still graduate on time—advisors will work with you to include study abroad in your long-term plans. Programs are affordable, and may be covered by financial aid and scholarships. For more information, visit the UCSD Study Abroad Office or search for a program to fit your needs.

College Exchange Programs

  • The UC/DC Program allows you to work, study, and live in Washington DC.
  • Simultaneous Enrollment allows you to enroll in courses at another UC campus while still at UCSD.
  • UC Online allows you to add one online course from another campus to your full-time enrollment at UCSD.
  • Cross Enrollment allows you to enroll in courses at CSU campuses.

Research and Internships, and Graduate School Preparation

  • Find research opportunities on the REAL portal
  • The Academic Internship Program (AIP) offers qualified juniors and seniors the opportunity to acquire valuable work experience related to academic and career interests.
  • All students considering an advanced degree after graduation should visit the Career Center.

Muir Special Projects Major

The Muir Special Project (MSP) major is a B.A. degree that offers Muir students the chance to develop a focused individual major culminating in a senior project or thesis. Each proposal must be approved by the Muir provost, and applicants must have a minimum 3.25 UC GPA. For further information on the MSP major, make an appointment to meet with a Muir Academic Advisor.

Dine With a Prof and Coffee with a Prof

Looking to connect with a professor or graduate teaching assistant? These programs offer you free opportunities to sit down and connect with faculty in a social setting.