“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 2006 CU began an Engineering Honors Program to provide excellent students like you with a different type of engineering education—an educational experience that transcends the classroom, is built around community and is designed to match both your personal abilities and ambitions. It might be a great fit for you!
Being part of the Honors Program will give you the opportunity to belong to a community of dedicated fellow students and faculty—a place where you will find true peers. EHP students, while being very good at math and science, are a very diverse group that includes musicians, artists, gourmet cooks, writers, athletes and student leaders whose goals are to become engineers, development workers, educators, entrepreneurs, medical doctors, professors, researchers and environmental policy makers.
We are very committed to the idea of community and bringing together young scholars and faculty who:
EHP students successes and achievements:
Although we are deeply ambitious without being competitive, EHP students are very successful on the world stage: many NASA astronaut scholars; first place teams in the COMAP International Mathematical Modeling Contest, a dozen NSF Graduate Fellowships, a Churchill Scholar to Cambridge University, a Truman Scholar, a Gates-Cambridge Fellowship to Cambridge, a Marshall Scholar to the UK, a Udall Scholar, national award winning leadership and projects for Engineers without Borders, many Goldwater Scholars, students doing graduate work at CalTech, Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Columbia, Harvard, Hopkins, University of Washington, Texas A&M and Northwestern, just to name a few. At least four EHP alumni are now faculty at major universities, including CU Boulder and Cornell University. We also have a Peace Corps volunteer who taught in Nmibia, a Math for America Fellow who taught in the Bronx and a multitude of alumni with cool jobs in industry—Google, Apple, Microsoft, SpaceX, JPL, Lincoln Labs at MIT, Conoco-Philips, Lockheed, Boeing, J.D. Powers, NASA and more!
EHP academics and benefits:
Although we are not a curriculum-driven honors program, we offer small versions of the regular math sequence of Calc 1, 2, 3 and DifEq.
EHP Residential Academic Program:
One of the cornerstones of our commitment to community is the Williams Village North Residential Academic Program—home of the Engineering Honors Program as well as Scot Douglass the EHP Faculty Director and his family. Although only incoming Honors students are required to live in our residence, a significant percentage choose to stay multiple years. With classroom and study spaces, a residential faculty member, in-house design and research teams and returning Honors students, our residence is a unique place on campus for you to thrive. Every study indicates that the most important factor in your success next year will be the people who surround you.
We would love for you to visit us as you make your decision of where to attend college!
Please Note: The Engineering Honors Program has its own review and selection process completely separate from the Admissions process to CU Boulder and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Although many of you have already been accepted to CU Boulder Engineering, you are encouraged to apply for EHP before you hear back from Admissions. To be accepted into our program, though, requires you also to be accepted into the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science.
EHP was the best part of my college experience by far. This community of passionate, smart, and engaged students draws out the best in those around them. Some of my closest friends are people from other entering years at CU that I would never have interacted with if not for this program. This mixing of ages and class years brought me new ideas, and also gave me opportunities to mentor friends and give meaningful advice about navigating college, jobs, and life beyond school that have had lasting impacts on how I choose to live my life now.
EHP is not about the big events you might read about on this site, but instead the random small moments no one mentions. The acts of kindness and compassion from fellow students. The 2 am conversations. The random Wednesday evening philosophical discussion, or an impromptu dinner party because some of us feel like cooking. What makes EHP special is these moments that no one forces to happen, but bring us together as a community, a group of friends, and a family that make this program feel like home.
There is great comfort in being surrounded by people with similar core values, driving principles, and interests. For me, EHP has been a major source of this comfort. Living among other engineering students driven not only by their own success but also that of their peers contributes to an amazing, collaborative, supportive environment! Whereever EHPers are, the atmosphere buzzes with friends catching up, classmates working on assignments, and lots of laughter!!
EHP is where I first found my family at CU and is still the community where I have my closest friends. What I love most about EHP actually has nothing to do with engineering or being a good student. What stands out to me is the compassion and engagement of the people. The people are truly what makes this program special.
EHPers have a wide range of interests and skills, but a common thing most of us do is share. We share what we can with others in the community and often even with those who are not members. We share ideas, hobbies, enthusiasm, hugs, laughs, tears, cookies, bread, and countless other mundane moments; and they all add up to being part of something really special.