Integrated Studies Honors Program

<p>What is it and what are the pros and cons of doing it? I just got a letter in the mail saying I got a Wakeham Scholarship and I’m invited to apply to ISHP. I’ve never even heard anything about it before, anyone currently in it and want to share a perspective?</p>

<p>I heard about it with my D at High School Scholars day. Frankly it might have made or broke her decision to go there ( I still hope she does) . Check the UCD website under honors programs.</p>

<p>UC</a> Davis - Integrated Studies - Invitational Honors Program</p>

<p>UC</a> Davis - Integrated Studies - Invitational Honors Program</p>

<p>What do you mean it made or broke her decision? She is deciding to go there based on whether she gets it or not?</p>

<p>ISHP is a great opportunity. I, too, was impressed by the presentation at UCD HS Scholars' Day the spring before freshman year, and decided that I would definitely participate if given the opportinuty. It has been a great experience--the residential component of the program is its most enticing aspect, I think. There is a real sense of community in Miller Hall (where all IS students are housed), something that does not necessarily exist to the same degree elsewhere. Such a large group of like-minded individuals is bound to produce great kinship, and that's exactly what happens. Some of the classes are pretty interesting/unusual, too. Go for it! I would have normally been reluctant to join a residential community of any sort, but this has been the best decision I ever made...</p>

<p>Do people live in Miller all four years or is it just for freshman year?</p>

<p>I think she might go to Davis (and we would certainly encourage it) if she was accepted into ISHP at admission. Apparently there may be spots open after you accept admission, but I don't think that possibility will be enough to turn down some scholarships, or her admission to Duke</p>

<p>The residential part, and most of ISHP is directed primarily at the 1st year, if I'm not mistaken. I think Davis housing is only guarenteed first year.</p>

<p>The availability of great, and reasonably priced housing (just as close to campus as the dorms) makes it so that living on campus is not necessary or desired after freshman year. Davis has absolutely the best and most reasonably priced housing of all the UC's.</p>

<p>That's good to know! Thank you. I live nearby and always thought of Davis as expensive.</p>

<p>NOT compared to the other UC's, LOL. We need to start a thread in the main UC forum about cost of housing and groceries.</p>

<p>Apply to integrated studies. If you're accepted, then you can take special classes (most are easy A's), as well as use a honors-only computer lab (which is INCREDIBLY time saving).
The program definitely looks good on your resume, and you totally have the choice to discontinue it after the first year (or even the first quarter). I use to think that UC Davis was mildly expensive, but I transferred to NYU and I can honestly say UC Davis has a great price tag for the education that you are receiving.</p>

<p>I would not say that all IS classes provide "easy As"--the truth is, you have a group of people who area essentially all willing and capable to EARN As in these classes. IS students tend to get As in most of their other classes, too...</p>

<p>Some IS classes--like the Scientific Study of Consciousness--are quite challenging but also extremely interesting. </p>

<p>I'm not sure about the computer lab--I'm currently in the program, and there's no such thing this year. What does come in handy, however, is the priority registration that is afforded to all IS students: one can actually choose times and lecturers that are appealing, instead of scavenging for what's left after the juniors/seniors have their pick. </p>

<p>There is only a one year commitment, though one can participate for all four years at UCD...</p>

<p>cyclone2007 did you get in at admission or did you apply? How common is each? Does the priority enrollment thing really work? I've heard mixed things about that...</p>