We’re glad that you’re considering an honors program in the
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design!

Though any degree in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design requires years of rigorous study and studio work, some exceptional students seek experiential education that deepens classroom learning. The school's honors curriculum targets students interested in independent exploration of topics related to the natural and built environment.

The program, which is part of the University of Arkansas Honors College, is open to academically qualified students pursuing four-year studies and four-year and five-year professional degrees. Students may choose the Departmental Honors or the College Honors program. All honors students must complete an independent honors thesis during their final year in school.

New Freshman Students

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Noah Billig 
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Honors Program Director 

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Current & Transfer Students

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Noah Billig 
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Honors Program Director 

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Entry Requirements for New Freshman Students

  • 1 Option 1: Automatic Admission – 28 ACT Composite (1310 SAT) and minimum 3.50 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 Apply page.

Entry Requirements for Current & Transfer Students

  • Current University of Arkansas students or transfer students must earn a 3.50 or greater cumulative GPA in all course work while carrying a full academic load (applies to all courses within and outside of the U of A). 
  • U of A students who have already been accepted into an honors program in another college and are transferring to the Fay Jones School must have a 3.50 or greater cumulative GPA.
  • Applications will not be accepted from students who are within three full semesters of anticipated graduation date.

Honors Program Requirements

The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design requires the following:

  • 18 hours of honors coursework
  • Honors coursework must include 3 hours of an honors elective, 3 hours of honors professional core, 6 hours of honors professional electives or upper-level university honors courses and 6 hours related to the honors capstone. 
  • All honors students will pursue a capstone project during the final year of their undergraduate program.

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

Visit the FJAD Honors website.


David Sweere

"[A semester in Rome] was the best five months of my entire life! The Rome Center is actually on the Via del Cornali, one of the streets included in Allan B. Jacobs' book Great Streets. For the first time, I lived in a place that's fully walkable, and I think it had an influence."

David Sweere, architecture

Read about David's architecture thesis