Incoming Freshmen

The 2020 Honors application opens on July 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The priority deadline is November 1.

  • Incoming Freshmen can select to apply to Honors as part of the KU Admissions application.
  • The Honors application requires a resume and a response to one of three essay questions (PDF).
  • The University Honors Program does not have a preferred résumé template. This template is a guide to help students organize their involvement in activities outside of the classroom. Using our résumé template is completely optional and will not affect the Honors admission decision.
  • Applications will be reviewed once the student is admitted to KU.
  • Click here to read our Tips for Applicants.

Incoming Freshmen Apply Now

Already admitted to KU?
Incoming Freshmen who do not apply to Honors as part of the KU Admissions application can still apply online through the Incoming Freshmen: University Honors Program Application.

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How does Honors evaluate Incoming Freshmen applications?

The Honors application is a competitive admissions process with an holistic approach in which the following factors are all weighted equally:

  • high school unweighted GPA
  • high school curriculum
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • a résumé
  • an essay
Are you waiting on the result of your Honors application?
Thank you for your application! Due to the high volume of applications received during this time, please allow 4-6 weeks for your Honors decision letter to arrive in the mail.
Have you applied to KU through the common application?
  • Once you’ve been admitted to KU, use your KU ID provided by Admissions to apply to the University Honors Program. The application link is located in the "Already admitted to KU?" section above.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must first submit the KU Admissions application. After admission to KU, complete our Current/Transfer Student Application. Applications will be reviewed after students have at least one semester of college grades on record.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and due no later than two weeks before the start of each semester. 

Transfer Students Apply Now

How does Honors evaluate Transfer Student applications?

The Honors application is a competitive admissions process with an holistic approach in which the following factors are considered:

  • GPA
  • résumé highlighting community involvement and leadership potential
  • essay
  • completed coursework
  • capacity to complete the Honors graduation requirements

Current KU Students

Current KU students who are interested in joining Honors should complete our Current/Transfer Student Application. Applications will be reviewed after students have at least one semester of college grades on record.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and due no later than two weeks before the start of each semester. 

Current Students Apply Now

How does Honors evaluate Current Student applications?

The Honors application is a competitive admissions process with an holistic approach in which the following factors are considered:

  • GPA
  • résumé highlighting community involvement and leadership potential
  • essay
  • completed coursework
  • capacity to complete the Honors graduation requirements

International Students

International applicants applying to KU as incoming freshmen should complete the standard KU application along with their Honors application and demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

TOEFL—

  • iBT—a score of 23 or higher for each section score
  • Paper—a score of 57 or higher for each section score (with exception for Speaking, which may be lower) and a 4.5 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE)

OR

International English Language Testing System (IELTS), academic format—6.0 or higher for each part and a total score of 6.5

OR

Exemption from the TOEL/IELTS admission requirement by the Office of International Admissions

International students who do not meet one of these three sets of requirements are invited to apply to the University Honors Program after completing one semester (12-18 credit hours) at the University of Kansas with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and obtaining clearance from required intensive English courses from the KU Applied English Center.

Current international KU students, please refer to the section on this page regarding Current KU Student applications and requirements.

International Students Apply Now

 


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98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
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