Engineering Honors Program

July 27, 2018

The Cockrell School of Engineering offers a select group of students the opportunity to participate in the Engineering Honors Program (EHP), a non-curriculum based program which awards merit scholarships to first-year participants. Additionally, participants can be considered for honors housing.

The Engineering Honors Program considers all engineering majors for participation in the program after admission decisions have been determined by the UT Office of Admissions. Because the Engineering Honors Program is not a degree program, an invitation to participate in the EHP in no way communicates an admission decision for one of the Honors Degree Programs listed below.

How to Apply

First-year Students

First-year selections are made by reviewing the standard materials required to apply for admission to the university. No additional essays or application materials are required, but submitting an expanded résumé is recommended. If you would like to be considered for the Engineering Honors Program, please acknowledge your interest on your admission application.

If you decide to apply for the EHP after you submit your admission application, you may complete the external honors program application by December 1. This external application is not required unless you can no longer access the acknowledgement question in your admission application. Students who use either method to apply will be considered equally.

To view your application status, review the Honors tab in MyStatus. It takes 1-2 days for your status to update after you complete the application. The Cockrell School mails invitation letters January through March.

Current Students

If you are not invited to join the program as a first-year student, you could be invited to apply later if you meet the following criteria:

  • Completed at least 24 hours in residence in the Cockrell School
  • Have at least 60 credit hours remaining in your degree program
  • Rank in the top 10 percent of your class and degree program

Honors Thesis

Some students in the Engineering Honors Program complete an optional thesis at the culmination of an undergraduate research experience. Areas of research examined by engineering honors students are often the fields leading to their careers after graduation or their areas of interest in graduate school. In an informal academic conference, engineering honors students give short presentations about their theses. Students who complete their theses receive special honors designation on their transcripts and recognition during their commencement ceremonies.

Honors Degree Programs

In addition to indicating an interest in the Cockrell School’s EHP, first-year students can select any of the following degree programs below as a major choice when applying for freshman admission. Admission into one of these degree programs does not convey an invitation to participate in the EHP. For additional information, please visit Applying to Honors on the UT Admissions website.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Honors Program 
The ECE Honors Program provides a rigorous, challenging and faster-pace curriculum and environment to a cohort of ECE students.

Electrical and Computer Engineering & Business (ECB)
The Texas Honors Electrical and Computer Engineering and Business is an integrated degree program that allows you to earn degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Business in a shorter time.

Engineering and Plan II Honors Program
Students interested in pursuing challenging liberal arts courses while also pursuing a degree in engineering can consider applying to both Engineering and the Plan II Honors Program.  Interested students should apply to one Engineering major (first choice) and to Liberal Arts/Plan II (second choice) in order to be considered for admission to both programs. Students must also submit the additional Plan II Honors Program application to fulfill admission requirements to that specific honors program. Admissions decisions for both Engineering and the Plan II Honors Programs are separate, and admission into one does not guarantee admission into the other.