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Photo: The Fuller Dome, by Kurt Przybilla

The University Honors Program (UHP) was established in 1960 to honor the fundamental values of SIUC as a public access, comprehensive research university. Our mission statement reads:  

SIU embraces a unique tradition of access and opportunity, inclusive excellence, innovation in research and creativity, and outstanding teaching focused on nurturing student success. As a nationally ranked public research university and regional economic catalyst, we create and exchange knowledge to shape future leaders, improve our communities, and transform lives.

The Honors Program lives by these values, offering students opportunities to develop their own unique strenghts and passions; to combine the resources of the university in ways that are closest to their dreams.   The typical Honors student does not just have a high GPA. Rather, they combine academic excellence with the ambition to make a difference and contribute to their communities. We mentor each student individually through their undergraduate years guiding them through our goals of Learn. Lead. Serve.