UNC Honors Program
Explore your world and its complex questions
Are you curious about the world around you? Do you ask complex questions and challenge yourself by seeking solutions where none seem to exist? If yes, then the University Honors Program at University of Northern Colorado may be right for you! The programs foster curious and motivated students by providing a small community of intellectually-challenging peers with the tools to learn how to think critically, make connections between disciplines, and how to dive deep into today’s problems, issues and cutting edge research challenges.
Honors Program Vision
University of Northern Colorado’s Honors Program vision is to build a diverse community of intellectually engaged, innovative student scholars who enrich the world as responsible global citizens.
Honors Program Mission
Honors Interdiscplinary Program
The University of Northern Colorado Honors Interdisciplinary Program develops a diverse community of intellectually engaged student scholars through an enriched curriculum that promotes critical thinking, inquiry and analysis, integrative learning, intercultural competence, community engagement, and creative problem solving.
Upper Division Honors Program
The University of Northern Colorado Upper Division Honors Program develops a diverse community of intellectually engaged student scholars through an enriched curriculum that supports scholarly and creative contributions to the disciplinary discourse and promotes self-driven integrative learning and community engagement.
Honors Interdisciplinary Program
Incoming Freshmen, current UNC students and transferring students with at least two semesters left to complete their undergraduate degree may apply for the Honors Interdisciplinary Program. The Program is designed to provide students in all majors at UNC the opportunity to complete honors courses without impeding their regular studies. Many of the course options count toward Liberal Arts Core or general electives for graduation. Honors curriculum is designed to provide advanced critical thinking skills and the ability to problem solve by providing in depth examination of challenging concepts. Students develop their own theme of exploration and are encouraged to follow lines of inquiry in their studies of most interest to the student.
Upper Division Honors Program
Current UNC students and students transferring to UNC with more than 45 credits may apply to join the Upper Division Honors Program. Upper Division Honors provides students an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors. Students explore topics of interest, engage in experiential learning options, and complete an in-depth honors thesis or creative project in any discipline. Projects may include various types of research including field research, lab research, survey or interview research, with social science, natural science or humanities theses in the Research Path; or an applied or civically engaged project, business or teaching curriculum project in the Applied Path; or a creative writing, music, theatre, dance or fine arts project in the Creative Path.
Quick Facts about Applying to Honors
- incoming first year students Applications
- Priority is March 1 (for Residential Community).
- Extended Deadline is May 1.
- Highly qualified students may inquire about availability for Fall 2022, as additional applications may be accepted through August 1.
- All students may apply for admission into the Spring 2023 cohort.
- Fall 2023 application will open in late August 2022.
- Current UNC & Transfer students may apply for Fall 2022 admission.
- Preferred Deadline April 1
- Rolling deadline thereafter through August 1.
- Students applying for Honors Interdisciplinary Program are NOT required to have a specific GPA nor specific test scores. Students are accepted based on holistic admissions criteria, with preference given to students who have demonstrated intellectual curiosity and who are motivated to learn deeply and to develop critical and creative thinking skills.
- Students with more than 45 credit hours, whether transfer students or current UNC students, may apply directly for the Upper Division Honors Program.