University Honors Program

The University Honors Program (UHP) is a community of scholars who are intellectually engaged with each other and faculty members. Honors students complete seminar sequences and interdisciplinary courses throughout their academic careers.

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad and can enroll in any available elective honors courses, independent research courses and special course offerings. Honors students are expected to pursue special honors in their major or to complete an independent honors senior thesis.

Applying to the Program

Applicants must indicate their intent to apply to UHP on the Common Application and answer the related essay questions in 250-500 words.

Essay Prompt #1

The Honors Program’s core curriculum is comprised of interdisciplinary courses, discussion-based engagement with complex issues, and reflection. Why do you want to make this program a priority for your undergraduate experience?

Essay Prompt #2

Please write on one of the following two topics: a) Please describe an instance when you took ownership of your intellectual growth and molded your education to meet your own goals. What did you learn about yourself through the process? b) Write a letter to the author of a book you didn’t like.