Why Honors?

We bring together high-achieving undergraduate students with the university’s top professors to share transformative learning experiences. Honors students enjoy small, in-depth classes, advance registration, special housing, increased interaction with faculty and enhanced opportunities for study abroad and hands-on research. Our Futures Hub connects you with planning professionals who will help you make the most of your experience here at the U of A and plan for what’s next. And let’s not forget the financial support: We offer generous fellowships and scholarships to help fund your education, and we award more than $1 million each year to support honors student research, study abroad, service learning and internships. If you would like to spend the next four years exploring your world and discovering your future, the Honors College is the place for you.

Admission 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. 

Freshman Students Application Requirements

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 advance registration and compete for the more than $1 million in grants that we award each year.

Current & Transfer Student Application Requirements


As an Honors College student, you can do more than just write papers and take tests. You could work on new treatments for cancer, write an original novel or play, or travel to Africa to help serve the needs of isolated populations.

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Moments in Time Timeline

AP & IB Credit

We honor the work you have done in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses prior to your arrival on campus. These courses prepare you well for the rigors of college coursework and may allow you to pick up a second major or several minors en route to your degree. The U of A online catalog has helpful charts that detail how AP credits and IB credits may be used to satisfy specific courses offered by the university. 

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National Merit Scholars

  • You will become a National Merit Scholar if you list the U of A as your first choice to the Merit Corporation.
  • Merit Scholars are also competitive for Honors College Fellowships, Study Abroad Grants, and Research Grants.
  • The U of A awards the Chancellor's Merit Scholarship, valued at $40,000 over four years, to all National Merit finalists who are not offered a fellowship from the Honors College.

More about National Merit Scholars

Visit Us 

If you are wanting to visit campus, please make sure to schedule a tour through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students considering the Honors College also have two great options to learn more about our program: 1:1 Virtual Chats and an Honors College Presentation on YouTube.

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Honors Housing

You want to have fun ... and make good grades. We've got you covered!

If you're an incoming freshman enrolled in the Honors College, be sure and check out Hotz Honors Hall. Hotz has been extensively renovated and updated and offers amenities like a fireplace, ping pong table, pool table, workout room, music room, study areas and a small theater.

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Path Program

The Honors College Path Program prepares exceptional high school students from underrepresented populations to excel at the University of Arkansas. Once here on campus, we will pair you with peer and professional mentors who will help you make the most of your college experience. The Path Program encourages academic success and leadership development for each student. Our students have secured internships and participated in leadership experiences on campus and beyond.

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Meet the Students

Nick Foster

Nick Foster

Supply Chain Management & Information Systems

Nick came to the U of A with multiple Advanced Placement credits, which has allowed him to pursue two majors along with minors in history and political science.

Her ultimate goal is to earn her Family Nurse Practitioner certificate and open a clinic in rural Arkansas, to provide easier access to medical care for those who might otherwise struggle to find it.

Armin Mortazavi

Armin Mortazavi

Chemistry & Physics

Armin is an honors chemistry and physics double major, a Bodenhamer Fellow, and the recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship, a national award that recognizes mathematics, science and engineering students planning careers in scientific research.

Honors by the numbers

For High School Teachers and Counselors

Let's face it, applying for college is a big job – we're glad you're there to support ambitious high school students. Visit this page to find tips on applying for academic scholarships, making the most of campus visits, preparing effective letters of recommendation, and practicing for fellowship interviews. Thank you for helping future honors scholars! 

More information for High School Teachers and Counselors

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