Admission Process

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.

We accept applications from:

Incoming First Time College Students–via the UofU general admissions application (application open from August to March 1 with a priority application date of November 1st)

Transfer Students— via the UofU general admissions application (application open from August to March 1)

Current UofU Students (freshman and sophomores encouraged, previous transfer students are welcome to apply). Applicants are encouraged to have at least a 3.5 cumulative 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.


We are currently accepting applications from current students.

The Freshman and Transfer student deadline for Summer/Fall 2016 has passed.

Incoming First Year Applicants

Priority Application Date: November 1, 2016
Applicants who submit final application, test scores and transcripts to the University Admissions Office by this date are reviewed most favorably. (Applications open the first week of August 2016 for Summer and Fall 2017 entrance)

Final deadline March 1, 2017 (for Fall 2017 entrance)

How to Apply

Incoming first year and transfer students: may apply through the UofU general admissions application (only Summer or Fall entry submissions accepted). Essays are uploaded via the U application. Applicants who submit completed applications, pay application fees and submit transcripts and test scores to the University Office of Admissions will be reviewed by the Honors College.

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 or have previously applied to the U for Summer or Fall admission and did not upload an Honors essay please attach your essays in one single .doc or .pdf to

Essay Prompts (submit in one document)

Please submit both of your responses in one single document. Make sure you include your name and date of birth.

The Honors College at the University of Utah offers the nation’s only Praxis Labs. Honors College Praxis Labs gather students from different majors to collaborate on innovative project-based solutions to big societal challenges. Students in these classes analyze a topic through in-depth classroom and field research such as lectures, panels, one-on-one interviews, readings and off-campus trips. After problems have been identified, students work together to put their solutions and ideas into action in the community.

(In 500 words) Please describe your idea for a Praxis Lab. You can visit our Praxis Lab webpage to take a look at previous ideas. Tell us what community or social problem you would focus on, why this problem is critical to address, and what role collaboration must play in development of a concrete solution.


(In 50 words) What is it that interests you about the Liberal Arts and Sciences education (hint: look this term up) offered by the Honors College?

What you can upload:

  • Maximum file size: 2.5MB
  • Acceptable file types: .pdf, .doc, docx, .wps, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .odt, .html, .rtf, .wpd, .png, .jpg
  • Your file must not be password-protected.
  • Your file must not contain macros.

For Freshman students to be considered for the Honors College Priority date, students must submit a complete application (including transcripts and applicable test scores) to the University by the priority deadline.

If you run into any errors withing the University application and upload, please email the Office of Admissions.

How is my application reviewed?

The Honors College admissions process is highly competitive. During the holistic 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 applicant’s rigor of coursework, grades, test scores, essay, extracurricular activities, demonstration of intellectual curiosity and overall fit with Honors mission and goals. The review process considers  the quality of engagement over sheer quantity, self-awareness and reflection on involvement, and authenticity.

How can I track my application?

Those applying to the U can track their application online to see if all the portions have been received.

Check the progress of your application here.

When will I find out my Honors College admissions decision?

First time freshman Applicants who apply by the November 1, 2016 Priority Deadline will be mailed a UofU general admissions decision in mid-January. The Honors College will release decisions near the beginning of February 2017.

All applications received after the November 1, 2016 Priority Deadline (up until March 1, 2017) will have decisions released later in spring (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 and careers. Special Honors only opportunities include: year-long theory into practice (PRAXIS) labs, close work with faculty and thesis projects rooted in your major. Additionally, only students in the Honors College have the opportunity to earn an Honors Bachelor degree from the U of U, the highest degree conferred on an undergraduate.

Create a My U Page

Current high school students are encouraged to create a My U Page. The My U Page is a great way
for students to get more personalized information about the programs and majors they find most
interesting. In addition, it offers helpful functions like the application checklist, financial aid and
housing checklists, and contact information for each student’s personal admissions counselor.