The University Honors Center was established in 1991 by Dr. James W. Vick, then-Vice President for Student Affairs, as a focal point for interdisciplinary honors activities at The University of Texas at Austin. Today, its role on campus has evolved to accommodate the needs of outstanding students throughout the university.
Through the generous support of the L.L. and Ethel E. Dean Endowment, the University Honors Center offers programming and networking opportunities for the university’s various honors programs. The UHC further fosters outstanding student achievement by supporting the UT chapters of seven national honor societies and facilitating the process by which UT Austin’s most talented students compete for various awards. Each summer, the Honors Center hosts the Honors Colloquium, which has served as the university’s premier recruitment event for prospective students for 30 years.
Since becoming part of the School of Undergraduate Studies in 2007, the University Honors Center’s purpose has evolved and broadened to support the mission of UT’s newest academic unit. The University Honors Center provides leadership and coordination of the School of Undergraduate Studies prospective student outreach and recruitment efforts. In addition, the center assumes special projects that enhance the overall university community by recognizing excellence in student, faculty and staff achievement.