Honors Program

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.

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

An Engineering Honors Program student’s thesis is the culmination of their undergraduate research at The University of Texas at Austin. Areas of research examined by engineering honors students are often the fields in which these students find their careers after graduation or pursue in graduate school. In an informal academic conference in the spring, engineering honors students give 12-minute presentations about their theses. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and families are invited to attend and participate in the Q&A session that follows each presentation.

Students who complete their theses will receive special honors designation on their transcripts and will be recognized during their commencement ceremonies.

Engineering and Plan II Honors Program

Students interested in pursuing challenging liberal arts courses while also pursuing a B.S. degree in engineering should consider applying to both Engineering and Plan II Honors Program. Admission to these programs requires at least two separate applications: one to Texas Engineering and one to the Plan II Honors Program. Interested students should apply to one Texas 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 Texas Engineering and the Plan II Honors Programs are separate, and admission into one does not guarantee admission into the other.