Admission Process

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

We accept applications from:

*This information will be updated in early August to reflect next year’s dates and timelines

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, sophomores, and 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.

Why apply?

For more than fifty years, the University of Utah has offered Honors programs. The Honors College Curriculum and Community give students unique opportunities to learn to think critically and to 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 a student’s major. 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.


*This information will be updated during August 2018 to reflect the new dates and timelines impacting the coming year

The Freshman and Transfer students are encouraged to apply by our priority date of November 1st, 2017 for the Summer or Fall 2018 start. The deadline is March 1st, 2018.

Incoming First Year Applicants

Priority Application Date: November 1, 2017
Applicants who submit final application, test scores, and transcripts to the University Admissions Office by this date are reviewed most favorably. (Applications open in August 2017 for Summer and Fall 2018 entrance)

Final deadline March 1, 2018 (for Summer or Fall 2018 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). Upload essays 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. 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.

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

2017-18 Essay Prompts (submit in one document)

*A new essay prompt for the coming semesters will be posted in August 2018

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

(In 500 words)  Tell us about an issue or subject that fascinates you and why. What resources do you rely on when you want to learn more?


(In 50 words) What 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.

If you run into any errors within 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, essays, extracurricular activities, demonstration of intellectual curiosity, and overall fit with Honors mission and goals. Readers consider quality of engagement over sheer quantity, applicant’s self-awareness and reflection on extracurricular involvement, and an application’s 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 on your application here.

When will I find out my Honors College admissions decision?

First-time Freshman applicants who apply by the November 1, 2017, priority date will be mailed a UofU general admissions decision in mid-January. Accepted Honors students who meet this priority date will find an Honors acceptance letter included in this University admissions decision packet. Applicants who are waitlisted or not accepted will be notified by email.

All applications received after the November 1, 2017, priority deadline (up until March 1, 2017) will have decisions released later in spring (pending the release of the general UofU admissions decision).

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.