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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 apply to Honors when they submit their application to the University of Kansas through KU Admissions. Along with the standard application materials required by KU (ACT/SAT scores, etc.), the Honors application requires a resume and a response to one of three essay questions (PDF). Applications will not be reviewed until the student has been admitted to the University. Before applying, be sure to read through our Tips for Applicants.

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Already admitted to KU?
Incoming Freshmen who do not apply to Honors through the Admissions website can still apply online once admitted to KU through the Incoming Freshmen: University Honors Program Application.

Having trouble with the online application?
  • Use the latest version of Firefox or Internet Explorer to submit the form. Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge do not support the required Java plugin.
  • Before submitting your application, please make sure the Attachments button indicates the correct number of attachments. For example, after attaching one document, the Attachments button will display as “Attachments (1).” After attaching two documents, the Attachments button will display as “Attachments (2).”
  • To open a link in another browser, right click on the link and select ‘Copy Hyperlink,’ then paste the link to your alternate browser.
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?
  • If you haven’t received your KU ID from Admissions, please contact the University Honors Program at (785) 864-4225.
  • 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 an application to the University of Kansas through Admissions. After you have been admitted to the University, complete our Current/Transfer Student Application. Please note your application will not be reviewed until you 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. 

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Current KU Students

Current KU students should apply online through the Current/Transfer Student Application. Please note your application will not be reviewed until you 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. 

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Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
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