We’re glad that you’re considering an honors program in the
Sam M. Walton College of Business!

The Walton Honors Program in the Sam M. Walton College of Business is offered to high-achieving students who exemplify academic excellence, extraordinary leadership potential, and a sense of civic duty to their community. Honors courses within the Walton College are small in size, centered on application-based learning and are led by the college's most distinguished faculty members.

New Freshman Students

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Jason Adams
Associate Director for Honors Programs

Katie Pope
Assistant Director for Honors Programs

Alan Ellstrand
Associate Dean for Programs and Research and Acting Honors Program Director 

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Current & Transfer Students

Questions? Contact Us

Jason Adams
Associate Director for Honors Programs

Katie Pope
Assistant Director for Honors Programs

Alan Ellstrand
Associate Dean for Programs and Research and Acting Honors Program Director

View entry requirements

Entry Requirements for New Freshman 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 Apply page.

Entry Requirements for Current & Transfer Students

  • Current University of Arkansas students must complete two semesters with  a minimum grade point average of 3.75  to be eligible.
  • Transfer students must establish a minimum 3.75 grade point average at the University of Arkansas to be eligible.
  • Applications are not accepted from students within three major (fall/spring) semesters of graduation.

Honors Program Requirements

The Sam M. Walton College of Business offers two forms of honors:

  • Walton Scholars complete 17 hours in honors courses from Walton College and University core as well as Calculus I and 12 honors hours in junior/senior level Walton College honors courses (2 honors colloquia, Honors Business Strategy and Planning, and thesis), and demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English (intermediate level).

  • Departmental Scholars complete 9 hours in honors courses from Walton College and University core as well as Calculus I and 12 honors hours in junior/senior level Walton College honors courses (2 honors colloquia, Honors Business Strategy and Planning, and thesis), and demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English (intermediate level).

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

Visit the WCOB Honors website.


Nick Foster

"I was always kind of afraid of being lost in the crowd, coming to a big university, but being in the Honors College gives you a platform ... to network with students who have a similar drive to achieve goals, and to access professors more easily –– like, the Dean of Walton College knows my name."

Nick Foster, supply chain management & information systems

Read about Nick's project in the McMillon Innovation Studio