Applying to the Honors Program

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Are you a Junior or Senior Status Student? Then you should apply for the Upper Division Honors Program

For Incoming Freshmen and Students with less than 45 credit hours

Honors Interdisciplinary Program Application Requirements

Students are urged to apply to join the Honors Interdisciplinary Program as incoming freshmen, but they may apply as late as the first semester of their sophomore year.  

Entering Freshman must demonstrate academic interest and aptitude through their entire application, and no specific minimum standardized test scores nor minimum GPA will be required. Generally, students with successful application will either have attained a minimum 3.75 GPA in high school or have an ACT score at or above 27 in at least one of the ACT areas or equivalent SAT. Students that do not meet these general guidelines but can demonstrate a strong desire to complete honors-level interdisciplinary work will still be considered.  

Prospective Honors students already enrolled at UNC or transferring from another college need a minimum 3.25 GPA and must provide at least one letter of recommendation from a college faculty member, professional or employer.

How To Apply

Incoming Freshmen or Incoming students with less than 45 college credit hours:

  • Before clicking on the application link, please read all of the instructions, and draft the answers to your essay questions in advance.
  • The four short essay questions are listed below. Please prepare your answers in a separate document, and then copy and paste them into the essay answer boxes.
    1. What clubs, organizations, community service, academic honors or leadership activities have you been involved with during high school (inside or outside of the school), and what has been your favorite extra-curricular activity and why? (350 words or less)
    2. The Honors Program at UNC builds a diverse community of scholars through curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.  In what ways would you add unique qualities, diverse ways of thinking or specific abilities to the honors community at UNC?  Use this space to describe any special circumstances, obstacles, or other defining features of your life that impact who you are as a student. (500 words or less)
    3. The Honors Program at UNC pushes students to challenge assumptions, consider multiple perspectives, and use their intellectual curiosity to seek answers. Learning is seen as a journey that involves deep thinking and independent exploration, and grades are not seen as the end goal. Please describe a time in your past when external rewards were less important than intellectual curiosity and/or how the journey to explore ideas and perspectives relates to your academic path.  (500 or less)
    4. The Honors Program at UNC seeks to develop future leaders and problem solvers and therefore promotes original and creative thinking.  Please identify an issue or problem in the world that you would potentially be interested in working with in the future. Discuss your reasons for selecting the issue and how you think you could become involved.  (500 words or less)
  • You will also be asked for the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers for two academic references. Please obtain this information before starting the application. Your references will be emailed a reference questionnaire and may upload a letter through this electronic portal. Please let your references know that the questionnaires will be sent within about 2 weeks of the receipt of your application.
  • The application also requests ACT and/or SAT scores, your current high school GPA and class size and class rank (if applicable). Please gather this information before beginning the application.
  • Once you have your information gathered, including your test score information, references names and email addresses, and have drafted the responses to the four questions above, please click on the link below to access the Honors Interdisciplinary Application.
  • The Honors Application has a rolling deadline. Early acceptances will be sent beginning in January. Priority deadline for Honors Program, especially students interested in the Honors Residential Learning Community, is March 1.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY: Honors Interdisciplinary Program Application Link


Upper Division Honors Program Application Requirements

Students with an interest in pursuing an honors thesis, creative works or applied scholarly project are encouraged to apply for Upper Division Honors in the second semester of their Sophomore year, and must have completed at least 45 credit hours before submitting their application. 

Transfer students or current UNC students may apply as late as their senior year, but must have enough time to complete all of the requirements and must demonstrate that they already have a thesis/project advisor. 

All applicants must have a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative college GPA and must provide two letters of reference from faculty or others who can attest to their academic interest and ability. 

  • To Apply: Please download and then complete the UHP application
  • Return this application by emailing it along with your personal statement to or you can mail it to UNC Honors Program, University of Northern Colorado, Campus Box 13, Greeley, CO 80639
  • Your letters of recommendation may be included or sent separately after you have submitted your initial application.
  • Priority deadline – Oct. 1 for Spring admission – April 1 for Fall admission.


Honors Interdisciplinary Program to Upper Honors Division Program Intent Forms

If have just graduated or are about to graduate from the Honors Interdisciplinary Program (HIP) and are looking to continue on to the Upper Honors Division Program (UHP), please take a look at the forms below. While HIP students are automatically encouraged to apply for UHP, any HIP student wanting to go into UHP must complete an intent form. This forms lets our office know that you wish to continue into UHP.

Honors HIP to UHP Intent Form (pdf)

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