We’re glad that you’re considering the University of Arkansas Honors College!

As a member of our community of outstanding students and professors you will take challenging courses and pursue original research and creative endeavors, both on campus and around the world.

With these opportunities come responsibilities.

Students who join the Honors College commit themselves to completing the honors requirements in their major and graduating with honors. Before deciding if the Honors College is right for you, please review the honors program graduation requirements.

New Freshman Students

Are you a high school senior? Now is a great time to apply to the Honors College! Once you've been admitted, you can sign up for honors orientation sessions and enjoy all the benefits we offer from day one on campus. Honors admits will also be eligible to live in honors freshman housing, including Hotz Honors Hall. 

Questions? Contact Us

Contact honors@uark.edu for assistance.

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Current & Transfer Students

Just learned about us? If you’re a freshman or sophomore on campus, it’s not too late to apply to participate in the honors experience. As an honors student, you can sign up for honors seminars, benefit from priority registration and compete for the more than $1 million in grants that we award each year. 

Questions? Contact Us

Contact honors@uark.edu for assistance.

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New Freshman Students

We are currently monitoring developments related to the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent developments, our office will implement these temporary measures for new freshman applicants who are applying for Fall 2021 or Fall 2022 admission.

  • 1 Step 1: Apply to the University of Arkansas

    Student must apply for admission to the University of Arkansas and receive official notification of acceptance to the university before applying to the Honors College.

  • 2 Step 2: Apply to the Honors College

    Due to the issues that have come with COVID-19, the Honors College has three options for Honors College admission for high school students who have been admitted to the university for Fall 2021. Please click on the links below to learn more about the application process for each option.

    Students must have at least a 28 ACT composite score (1310 SAT equivalent) AND the minimum high school GPA for their academic college.

    • 3.50 GPA – Students entering the College of Education & Health Professions, the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design, or the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
    • 3.75 GPA – Students entering the College of Engineering, the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, or the Sam M. Walton College of Business

    Students who meet the Option #1 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.

    Students must have at least a 26 ACT composite score (1240 SAT equivalent) AND a minimum high school GPA of 3.90. The GPA requirement for Option #2 is the same for each academic college.

    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.

    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. Students who fall into this category will be invited to apply in mid-January and the application will be due by February 15. The Honors College will review the application and inform applicants whether or not they have been admitted to honors by the end of March.

    Components of Option #3 Application

    1) Essay – Write a well-developed essay (600 words maximum) responding to the following prompt: Why do you want to become a student in the University of Arkansas Honors College? What do you feel you would be able to contribute to the honors community?

    2) Academic Resume

What's Next?

Current & Transfer Students

Here's how to apply if you are a Current UA Student or a Transfer Student:

  1. Review the honors program graduation requirements in your college.
  2. Visit your academic college's honors program page to find the link to their honors application along with admission requirements. Links to all honors program pages can be found on the Honors Program Directors page. 
  3. If eligible, the honors program director or assistant honors program director in your college will admit you. You will receive an email from the Honors College with the decision. Please note that decision time varies by honors program.

Questions about applying? Contact your honors program director.

Not sure which honors program is associated with your major? Contact honors@uark.edu for assistance

Frequently Asked Questions for New Freshman Applicants

Yes, the Honors College application is separate from the fellowship application. If you are applying for prestigious fellowships, you will also need to complete the Honors College application for official admission into the program.

No, the Honors College will consider the transcripts and test scores that you submitted to the undergraduate admissions office when you originally applied to the University of Arkansas. You do not need to submit additional transcripts or test scores to the Honors College.

Students applying for automatic admission (Option #1 or Option #2) will receive an email from the Honors College within two to three weeks of applying. The email will give you instructions on how to access your honors admission decision letter in your New Student Center.

Students applying for Option #3 admission will receive an admission decision by the end of March of their senior year. Please note that if you are an Option #3 applicant, honors faculty and staff in your intended academic college will review your application.

For admissions decisions, the Honors College is looking at a weighted GPA. Please note, however, that the University of Arkansas only gives extra weight to AP, IB, and Dual Enrollment courses listed on the transcript using a 5.00 scale. If your high school uses a different weighting system, the undergraduate admissions office will convert your GPA using the UA scale after analyzing your transcript. If you have questions, you can contact the admissions office at 479-575-5346 or uofa@uark.edu.

After applying for admission to the University of Arkansas, the application for new freshman fellowship and scholarships will appear in your New Student Center within two business days.

If you have not done so already, please review the honors program requirements in your college to learn more about the expectations.

If you would like to be eligible to live in Hotz Honors Hall your freshman year of college, the deadline to apply to the Honors College is March 15 of your senior year of high school. You will also need to complete a housing contract by this deadline.

Yes, you can still apply as a current student at the University of Arkansas. When you complete this application, admission will be based upon your college GPA.

Other questions about applying? Contact us.

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