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Where students make deep connections, drive innovative thinking, and inspire collaboration

The Robert D. Clark Honors College offers a small, liberal arts college experience with the added benefit of a major research university and its cutting-edge research faculty and facilities. Our small, discussion-based class sizes – capped at 19 – allow students to develop one-on-one relationships with faculty members, and you’ll learn with CHC students from majors across the UO campus. At the Honors College, there is a clear pathway toward involvement in hands-on research, along with access to internships and other career opportunities.

Welcome to our newly admitted students!

You'll find our checklist and New Students Events Calendar helpful. 

Resources for New Students

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If you need help with physical, mental, or holistic health, we are here for you. 

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Graduation News

Congratulations, CHC Class of 2024

We're looking forward to seeing you graduate! The CHC Graduation Celebration will be on Sunday, June 16.

Graduation Celebration Information

Anita Chari


Join the Honors College and make a difference in the world

As you work toward a degree, gain the knowledge and hands-on experience that will help you make an immediate impact in your area of study. At CHC, you’ll have access to award-winning faculty, the opportunity to conduct state-of-the-art research in a lab, and interact with a network of alumni across a variety of disciplines.


By the Numbers 

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What we offer

Our discussion-based, interdisciplinary coursework is designed to help you become a critical thinker, improve your writing, expand your communication skills, and allow you to dive into research that will solve some of the world’s biggest issues.

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How it works

Take a look at the Clark Honors College curriculum. See how coursework created by award-winning faculty puts you on the cutting edge of knowledge, research and other scholarly opportunities. Did we mention you also get priority in registering for classes?

The CHC Curriculum

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We know college is not a journey you take alone. Everyone deserves the necessary support and guidance to reach their goals. Our academic and faculty advisors work closely with all students to build strong foundations and bright futures.

CHC Advising

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Mentored Research

Engage with faculty members and conduct hands-on research in an academic area of your choosing. The Clark Honors College promotes research that allows students to collaborate with world-class faculty and open the door to other meaningful academic experiences.

Mentored Research

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The Thesis

All Clark Honors College students complete a thesis project that allows them to conduct independent research, use critical thinking and communication skills developed through coursework, solve problems, and build a substantial portfolio of work.

Plan your Thesis

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From the Dean

"If you love a challenge, you'll feel right at home in the Honors College. We bring together high-achieving students, award-winning faculty, and dedicated staff to tackle some of the world's most complex issues. And together, we create solutions. Join us. We're the place for students who want to learn and lead."

- Carol A. Stabile

Meet the Dean

CHC Events

Special Collections Research Fellows Speaker Series: Tp Coughlin, 2023 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow
Special Collections Research Fellows Speaker Series: Tp Coughlin, 2023 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow Mar 21
Designing an Effective Thesis Defense
Designing an Effective Thesis Defense Apr 2 Knight Library
So You're Applying to Grad School (CHC Faculty Panel)
So You're Applying to Grad School (CHC Faculty Panel) Apr 11 Chapman Hall
Creating Your LinkedIn Profile: A Workshop for CHC Students
Creating Your LinkedIn Profile: A Workshop for CHC Students Apr 16 Chapman Hall

More CHC Events 

CHC in the News

CHC students have the chance to explore over the summer through a variety of study abroad options. Learn how alumni and current students’ experiences abroad have shaped them and what they want future participants to know about the benefits of traveling.

CHC junior Charles Petrik is a global studies and geography double major with an eye on joining the Peace Corps after graduation. First, he’ll attend the world-renowned McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

First-year CHC student Sierra Hawes wants to be an educator. She’s been enamored with how people teach since she was a kid. “I want to be a teacher, someone who’s caring, loving, influences their students, but is firm,” Hawes says.

Liberal arts colleges like the CHC can produce excellent medical students, says Dr. Rob Cloutier of OHSU. The CHC Post sat down with him to hear about his holistic admissions philosophy and how he looks for potential in applicants.

More CHC Stories

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Alumni and Friends

With more than 3,500 alumni, the CHC community is continually expanding. We encourage alumni, family, and friends to stay involved with the honors college. Connect with students through internships and mentoring opportunities, keep in touch with faculty and classmates, and stay up to date on CHC developments. Your participation and support are crucial to our success.

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