<p>CHP is over-rated. The main benefit being priority registration. thats a real plus. given the state of the university, i wouldnt be completely surprised if someone was in CHP just for that...</p>
<p>All the things that CHP students have to do (hum core, social sci core) are typically open to anyone willing to ask the Professor to sign an add card. Anyone can do the honors senior thesis.</p>
<p>Yes, you "get to meet" other smart students if ur in CHP, but there are plenty of smart students outside of CHP (and some not so smart students in CHP...). there's no reason you can make friends with CHP kids outside of CHP. I don't know of any majors that offer CHP only classes (ie. math majors must take a CHP version of calc I, etc).
In terms of the various social activities, YMMV. Some kids are very active in in, some chp kids couldn't care. </p>
<p>Honestly, it seems designed to appeal to kids who are still a bit in high school mode: they simply must take all honors classes and pad their resume, whatever. </p>
<p>BTW: if you want a better relationship with your teachers, do the work for the class and go to their office hours. show them you aren't stupid. think about the material and what the implications of theories and what not are. there are plenty of kids who go class and do well, but never actually talk to the prof and then complain that they dont have relations with their professor. its not the professor's job to talk to you.</p>
<p>I guess one of the benefits is that you have a group of people/organization breathing down your back making you do certain things (take certain classes, thesis, etc) vs. just doing it yourself.</p>