For High School Teachers and Counselors


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The University of Arkansas Honors College brings together more than 3,500 high-achieving undergraduate students and some of the university’s top professors to share transformative learning experiences. Honors students enjoy small, in-depth classes, priority registration, competitive grants for study abroad and research activities, and the option to live in specialized honors housing.

There are two steps in the Honors College application process:

1) Apply and be admitted to the University of Arkansas.

2) Admitted students who meet the Honors College academic requirements (see below) will be able to access the Honors College application through their New Student Center.

Requirements for Honors College Admission: Students must meet the following two requirements to be admitted to the Honors College:

1) A high school GPA of at least 3.5 (3.75 for students interested in the Walton College of Business or the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences).

2) At least a 28 ACT Composite (1310 SAT).

What if a student does not meet the academic requirements for Honors College admission? Students who do not meet these requirements upon matriculation can still apply to join the Honors College as a current student, based upon their college GPA.

Deadline to Apply: Entering freshmen are allowed to apply to the Honors College up until they enroll at the university during their summer orientation session. There is a priority deadline, though, for students interested in living in Hotz Honors Hall. To be eligible to live in Hotz, a student must apply to the Honors College by March 15 of his/her senior year.

Applicants to the University of Arkansas who have at least a 3.8 high school GPA and at least a 32 ACT Composite (1430 SAT) are eligible to apply for Honors College fellowships at the University of Arkansas. This application will also put students into consideration for academic scholarships from the university.

Invitations to interview for fellowships will go out in mid-February each year. If you have a student who is invited to interview, we encourage both you and the student to read through our Fellowship Weekend website to learn more about what to expect at the event and how best to prepare.

The Honors College hosts two major events for prospective students each year: Discovery Day (late May) and Convocation (late September/early October). Prospective students are encouraged to attend these events, but they also have the option to schedule a campus visit on a day that works best for their family’s schedule. To do this, they can visit the undergraduate admissions website.

A high percentage of our honors students come to the University of Arkansas with college credit earned through a combination of AP, IB, and dual enrollment courses. You can learn more about transfer and test credit through the office of the registrar’s website.



 The Honors College has a number of “tips” blog posts designed to help students with the admissions process. These include blog posts on:


Want to learn more about the Honors College and some of the accomplishments of our students? You should check out our Quick Facts page. We also feature a number of student and alum profiles on our Meet the Students page.

Each year, the Honors College publishes A+ Magazine, which includes great features on everything from student research with faculty to our innovative curriculum and study abroad programs. We encourage you to read the online edition of A+.

The Honors College recruitment staff is more than willing to visit your school to promote our program and to help students prepare for the college application process. In the past, we have done everything from general presentations about the Honors College in classrooms to participating in a school’s “Summer Boot Camp” for students preparing to apply to college. To request a visit from the Honors College, please fill out our speaker request form.

To contact the Honors College, you can call us at 479-575-7678 or You can also get contact information for individual staff members from our online directory.

Looking for general information for your students applying for admission to the University of Arkansas, such as where to send a transcript or how your student can set-up a campus visit? Be sure to check out the Counselors Page on the undergraduate admissions website.