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 designed to enhance the undergraduate experience outside the classroom.

During the first year, participants gain access to merit scholarships and honors housing. Participants have the opportunity to complete an Engineering Honors Thesis in their third or fourth years.

You first must be admitted to an engineering major in the Cockrell School before your honors application will be reviewed to participate in the program. Non-engineering majors will not be reviewed to participate in the Engineering Honors Program. If you are invited to join the program, you will receive notification through the Honors tab in MyStatus between January through March.

How to Apply

First-year Engineering Honors Program application process:

  • Submit the admission application and the honors application by December 1
  • The Engineering Honors Program does not have a priority deadline
  • No recommendation letters or resumes accepted for the program


Selection criteria for first-year students:

  • High school class rank
  • Test scores, such as SAT, ACT or AP
  • Academic honors and awards
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Leadership experience

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/Plan II Honors Dual-Degree Program

Offered jointly by the Cockrell School and the Plan II Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts, this program provides students with challenging liberal arts courses while he or she also pursues a B.S. degree in engineering. Admission to this program requires at least two separate applications: one to Texas Engineering and one to the Plan II Honors Program. Students should contact Engineering Student Services as well as the Plan II office for more information on applications and early deadlines.

Honor Societies

Several honor societies are open to engineering students, recognizing those who maintain outstanding academic records and who demonstrate exceptional leadership and teamwork skills.

  • Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics: Sigma Gamma Tau
  • Architectural Engineering: Pi Alpha Epsilon
  • Biomedical Engineering: Beta Mu Epsilon
  • Chemical Engineering: Omega Chi Epsilon
  • Civil Engineering: Chi Epsilon
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Eta Kappa Nu
  • Mechanical Engineering: Pi Tau Sigma
  • Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering: Pi Epsilon Tau
  • Co-Op-Focused: Kappa Theta Epsilon
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi
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