The UHP is a place where students craft for themselves a truly unique undergraduate education that maximizes the opportunities of a major research university and catalyzes their own potential.


UHP students take 12-credit-hours of innovative seminars that emphasize both interdisciplinarity and the social, political, ethical, and cultural implications of research. Sample HON seminars include:

  • Time Travel
  • Codebreakers
  • Freedom and the Self
  • Interpretive Machines
  • The Creative Process In Science
  • Deconstructing the Disciplines

Conduct a 6-credit-hour self-designed research project under the mentorship of an NC State faculty member. Sample Capstones include:

  • Alternative silage diets and their effect on milk production in Holstein cows
  • A Biography of Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson
  • Ground-based radar auto-unloading, leveling, and loading system
  • Influence of the Appalachian Mountains on Eastern US Winter Storms
  • Comparative Urbanity: Raleigh & Prague
  • The Role of Personality Types in Designing an Effective Audit Team


  • There are 24,536 undergraduates at NC State and approximately 650 UHP students.
  • The average class size for HON seminars is 19 students.
  • In 2014-2015, 137 UHP students presented original research at academic conferences or published their research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • In Spring 2015, 40% of inductees into the NC State Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa were UHP students.
  • In 2014-2015, 262 faculty participated in the UHP through teaching, research mentorship, and community engagement.
  • In Spring 2015, 46% of UHP graduates went directly into to graduate or professional programs.