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Admission Requirements

The Honors College seeks intellectually curious students who are concerned with the world around them. The Honors Curriculum and Community are designed to engage students in a breadth and depth of study culminating in a thesis in the student’s major.


Applicants are encouraged to have at least a 3.5 cumulative un-weighted grade point average at time of application.

Considered in highly competitive review of application: rigor of coursework, grades, test scores, essay, extracurricular activities, demonstration of intellectual curiosity and overall fit with Honors mission and goals.


Priority Deadline November 1, 2014
Applicants who submit final application, test scores and transcripts to the University Admissions Office by this date are reviewed most favorably.

Final deadline March 1, 2015 (for Fall 2015 entrance)

How to Apply

Incoming first year and transfer students: may apply through the UofU general admissions application (only Fall entry submissions accepted)

Current UofU students: may apply by submitting an Honors essay response to the prompts (during Fall or Spring semesters) to Please include your university ID number (uNID), full name, and expected graduation date. Current students will receive notification of admission status before classes begin for the following semester (Fall applicants notified before Spring, Spring applicants notified before Fall).

**If you experience technical difficulties when uploading your Honors essay to the UofU student application please attach your essay in .doc or .pdf format to:

Essay Prompts (submit in one document)

Respond to in 500 words:
If money were not limiting, and you had one year’s time, what intellectual or creative adventures would you pursue?


Respond to in 50 words:
What is it that interests you about the Liberal Arts and Sciences education offered by the Honors College?

How is my application reviewed?

The Honors College admissions process is highly competitive. During the review process, readers are looking for bright, socially responsible students who show an interest in engaging in our tradition of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum, a breadth and depth of study, and the Honors community. Each application is reviewed by two or more readers who carefully evaluate applicants: rigor of coursework, grades, test scores, essay, extracurricular activities, demonstration of intellectual curiosity and overall fit with Honors mission and goals.

When will I find out my Honors College admissions decision?

Applicants must first be accepted to the University of Utah before an Honors admission decision is released. Applicants who apply by the November 1, 2014 Priority Deadline will be mailed a UofU general admissions decision in mid-January. The Honors College will release decisions near the beginning of February 2015.

All applications received after the November 1, 2014 Priority Deadline (up until March 1, 2015) will have decisions released later in March and April (pending the release of the general UofU admissions decision).

Why apply?

For more than fifty years, the University of Utah has offered Honors programs.  The Honors College Curriculum and Community offer students unique opportunities to learn to think critically, develop excellent communication skills and problem solving skills applicable to any and all fields of study or careers.  Special Honors only opportunities include: year-long theory into practice (PRAXIS) labs, close work with faculty and thesis projects rooted in your major.