The Clark Honors College is Where You Become You

Behind the oak doors and up the winding staircase in Chapman Hall exists a community dedicated to the production, acquisition, and sharing of knowledge.

At the Clark Honors College, you learn how to learn. To debate. To synthesize. To find your own voice. To nurture your intellect. Imagine yourself here, surrounded by students as curious as you are, mentored and taught by scholars from across the university

Our graduates emerge from an exhilarating four years with the skills, knowledge, and intellectual self-confidence needed not only to accomplish big, important things in their professional lives, but also to grapple with hard choices and seek solutions in their lives long after graduation.

Clark Honors College is where you find your purpose.

It is the place where opportunities empower you to flourish.

It is where you become you.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

CHC alum Jeff Whitty finds his Oscar nomination nicely timed

The recent success of Clark Honors College alum Jeff Whitty’s first screenplay, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, couldn’t have come at a better time.

Bianca Pak

CHC students on being Wayne Morse Scholars

Three honors college students speak to being recognized by the University of Oregon Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics for their interest in politics and public service.

cast of Avenue Q

Avenue Q Comes Home

The rollicking and controversial musical by Tony-Award winning CHC alum Jeff Whitty comes to the stage at UO.

A Community of Scholars

Biology majors in architecture classes, computer science majors on archeological digs. Welcome to the Clark Honors College, where we've been breaking the rules and mixing things up for over 50 years. Our small classes bring together the best students from every discipline at the University of Oregon. Led by award-winning faculty, we are a community of insatiably curious, undeniably driven, unique individuals. We don't just try and find the answer to a question—we find new questions. In this fusion of diverse perspectives we seek the connections, rather than the separations. And we find them, together.

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"The curriculum is challenging and engaging, the teachers are brilliant and encouraging, and discussion is always exciting—and on more than one occasion has continued out the classroom door and on the walk home." Sam Selbie, BS '16
We Value Diversity

We the students, faculty, and staff of the Clark Honors College are committed to nurturing a diverse community. When we learn from each other, and are exposed to ideas we may not have thought of before, it makes us better citizens, able to engage in thoughtful and critical discussion about our world and our role in it. We do not condone any form of racism, homophobia, misogyny, ableism, xenophobia, or religious prejudice within our community, and will treat each other with kindness, reserving judgment, and recognize that we are greatly enriched by our diversity.

Learn More About Our Diverse Community

Upcoming Events

Why are the Migrants Fleeing Honduras? Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup
Why are the Migrants Fleeing Honduras?...Apr 10
4:00 p.m.
Knight Library
Spring Career Fair Week
Spring Career Fair WeekApr 15
10:00 a.m.
Hendricks Hall
"The Ethics of Public Participation in a Digital Age"
"The Ethics of Public Participation in a Digital...May 21
7:30 p.m.
Straub Hall
Clark Honors College Commencement Ceremony
Clark Honors College Commencement CeremonyJun 16
4:00 p.m.
Matthew Knight Arena


"Our student body is comprised of individuals from diverse majors, interests and specialties, and we all have something to learn from one another. The social and academic facets of our college thrive upon our strong sense of community." Virany Men, BS '16
Discussing Literature in Prison
Each term, the Inside Out class brings 12 CHC students together with incarcerated men and women to study as peers behind prison walls. Inside Out creates a paradigm shift for participants, and deepens the conversation. It transforms our collective approaches to understanding crime, justice, freedom, and inequality.

Students Teaching Students
Every new honors college student enrolls in a Clark Honors Introductory Program (CHIP) course their first term. The courses are led by returning students with the support of a faculty mentor. But who leads the leaders? Two CHC students co-direct the CHIP program, providing training, communication, and ongoing support to our 16 CHIP student leaders.
CHIP Co-Directors Mary Vertulfo and Kendra Seibert
Excellence in Public Education

At the Clark Honors College we are proud to provide an excellent public university education to the best and brightest young minds from Oregon, and across the country.

Our alumni, donors, and friends of the college are invaluable in helping us make an honors education a reality. Learn more about how you can help us educate the next generation of high achieving students.

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