We’re glad that you’re considering an honors program in the
College of Engineering!

The College of Engineering Honors Program provides a structure for working more closely with faculty members and other students in a team environment. Participation in our program is highly recommended for engineering students planning academic or research-related careers that require considerable critical and original independent thinking, although the honors experience will benefit any future career endeavor.

New First-Year Students

Questions? Contact Us

Brian Haggard
Professor of Biological Engineering, Director of Arkansas Water Resources Center and Honors Program Director 

Bryan Hill 
Associate Dean for Student Success 

View entry requirements

Current & Transfer Students

Questions? Contact Us

Brian Haggard
Professor of Biological Engineering, Director of Arkansas Water Resources Center and Honors Program Director 

Bryan Hill 
Associate Dean for Student Success

View entry requirements

Entry Requirements for New First-Year Students

  • 1 Option 1: Automatic Admission – 28 ACT Composite (1310 SAT) and minimum 3.75 High School GPA.

    Students who meet these requirements will be invited to apply through their New Student Center after they have been admitted to the University of Arkansas. Students who complete the Option #1 application on their New Student Center will be automatically admitted to the Honors College.

  • 2 Option 2: Automatic Admission – 26 ACT Composite (1240 SAT) and minimum 3.90 High School GPA.

    Students who meet the Option #2 requirements will be invited to apply through their New Student Center after they have been admitted to the University of Arkansas. Students who complete the Option #2 application on their New Student Center will be automatically admitted to the Honors College.

  • 3 Option 3: Application Review – 3.90 High School GPA.

    Students who have at least a 3.90 high school GPA but do not have the necessary ACT/SAT score for automatic admission will be invited to complete an application in the spring of their senior year. Their application must include an essay and academic resume. For more information visit the  Apply page.

Entry Requirements for Current & Transfer Students

  • Current University of Arkansas students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 on all UA coursework to be eligible.
  • New students not initially qualifying for the Engineering Honors Program are eligible after one term if they earn at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA
  • Transfer students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 on their transfer work to be eligible.

Honors Program Requirements

The College of Engineering requires the following:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of honors courses.
  • A minimum of 6 of these 12 hours must be in engineering. Available engineering honors courses are found in departmental requirements section on the Engineering Honors Program website
  • For the honors courses outside of engineering, there are many options that will count toward your engineering degree requirements. Many courses on the approved humanities/social science elective list also have honors sections. Calculus and physics honors courses are also available.
  • Participate in an undergraduate research or design experience, and prepare an undergraduate thesis.
  • Fulfill any additional departmental requirements.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.

Please check with your honors program director for the most up-to-date requirements!

Visit the ENGR Honors Program website.


Samia Ismail

"I chose the U of A because of the fellowship they offered me. The money they invested in me gave me the freedom to navigate every opportunity that sounded interesting without the burden of wondering if it wasn't worth my time in college."

Samia Ismail, biomedical engineering

Read about Samia's honors thesis