Petitions for Exceptions

Campuswide Honors students who have unexpected or unusual academic planning problems that do not allow them to follow/complete the normal honors curriculum plan, or those who need an exception to stated honors requirements or policy, may file a petition for special consideration.  Some examples of petitions include: conflict with required major course, study abroad for a quarter, etc.

Petitions are not guaranteed to be approved. Petitions will not be granted based on failure to register for an honors course or departure from the honors curriculum requirements without approval

Please read carefully, make note of our process and deadlines, and plan ahead!

Before moving forward with a petition, please consider whether taking another honors course would resolve your issue. Please note that Social Science Core and Science Core can be taken in any order, and are NOT sequenced (vs. Humanities Core, which IS sequenced). Please also note that Campuswide Honors students may use only ONE total honors seminar for their entire time at UCI to automatically substitute for a maximum of ONE total QUARTER of an honors core course as designated by Campuswide Honors. See for more information on the honors courses.

Most declared science majors and some minors (Engineering, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences majors and some health sciences majors) DO NOT need to petition out of Honors Science Core. Former science majors who have completed one or more quarters of science courses at UCI may petition to substitute those quarters for part or all of the honors science core.

You should petition in advance for any exception related to waiving, postponing, or substituting a required honors class.  Petitions should be submitted no later than the end of week 8 of the quarter PRIOR to when your proposed change will take effect. For example, a petition dealing with winter quarter must be submitted no later than the end of week 8 of fall quarter. The “petition window” occurs between Weeks 6-8 because this time is after the Schedule of Classes comes out and before enrollment windows open.

All petitions will be submitted online using the Campuswide Honors Petition for Exception and must contain the following:

  1. A statement of your request and explanation of your circumstances, detailing what you are asking for and why
  2. A copy of your currently filed course plan
  3. A proposed course plan (which indicates the classes you will take if the petition is approved and when you will take them, if applicable)

It may take at least ten business days for a petition to be resolved.  The outcome of your petition will be emailed to your UCI email address.


If you wish to meet with a Campuswide Honors advisor to discuss a draft of your petition, visit to schedule an appointment with an honors advisor, preferably prior to week 8 of the quarter.  Bring your completed petition and proposed course plan to the meeting.  If you have any questions about the outcome of your petition, please contact an Honors advisor as soon as possible.