Incoming First Year & Transfer Students

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.


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 grounded 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.


Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Honors College: Rooted in an interdisciplinary approach to the Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences, and Mathematics, an Honors education aims to contribute to the development of the individual rather than the focus of a specific profession. At the Honors College, we believe that venturing out of your comfort zone is crucial to that individual development. If you are accepted, you’ll take courses in which you encounter complex readings and ideas, and maybe a history role-playing game, that require you to read, think and write in new ways. Your Honors courses will span the Liberal Arts and Sciences, and you will be invited to participate in a diverse range of Praxis Labs addressing current social issues. You’ll be part of a vibrant community that will support you as you work toward completing your Honors degree. Expect stretches of confusion between moments of clarity, knowing that the intellectual struggle from perplexity to understanding can foster some of the deepest learning.



Incoming first year and transfer students: may apply through the UofU general admissions application. We use the Common App essay prompts. The prompts are provided within the application. Upload essays via the U application. Applicants who submit completed applications, pay application fees (or have them waived through the Office of Admissions), 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.


  • Incoming Freshman and Transfer students are encouraged to apply by our priority date of December 1st, 2020 for the Summer or Fall 2021 start. The deadline is February 1st, 2021.
  • Priority Application Date: December 1, 2020. Applicants who submit final application, and transcripts to the University Admissions Office by this date are reviewed most favorably. (Applications open in August 2020 for Summer and Fall 2021 entrance.)
  • Freshman and Transfer students who wish to begin with us in Spring of 2021 must apply by November 1st, 2020.
    Current students are admitted semesterly. Interested applicants should submit their honors essay by the date grades post for the semester prior to the entering semester (e.g. email your honors essay by December 23rd, 2020 if you wish to start Honors in the Spring of 2021).
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