What does it mean to participate in the Honors Program?

The College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program presents a variety of opportunities for motivated undergraduate students. Honors-qualified students are eligible - but not required - to take Honors Program courses and attend our Honors Community events. Juniors and seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences can choose to write an honors thesis in order to graduate with Latin honors. Students can also choose to apply to live in the Honors Residential Academic Program.

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If you are still in high school or more than a year away from attending CU Boulder, the best way to learn about the Honors Program is to participate in the Explore CU all-day visit program. The Honors Program hosts a session at every Explore CU, and it's a great way to find out more about us.

The Honors Residential Academic Program also offers tours during the fall and spring semesters. Contact their office for assistance.

Admitted First-Year Students

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There is no application process for the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. The Office of Admissions automatically evaluates and invites qualified first-year fall students admitted into the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Media, Communication, and Information, the Program in Environmental Design, and the College of Music. Generally, students in the top 10% of the prospective incoming class are automatically invited.

Qualified students receive their Honors Program invitation letter in their printed admission packet (typically mailed 1-2 days after the admission decision is posted). Invitation status is not available online.

Visiting: Want to visit us? We recommend you attend a session of Be Boulder for a Day.

Personal Reviews: We conduct personal reviews in partnership with the Office of Admissions from December to May each year. Fall students who do not receive an invitation in their admission packet may request a personal review during that time. The review process takes approximately ten to fourteen business days, and we'll need your nine-digit CU Boulder Student ID number to get started.

Scholarships: While we are unable to offer funding, students invited into the Honors Program should contact the CU Boulder scholarships office about scholarship eligibility.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are not automatically invited into the Honors Program and we do not conduct personal reviews. If you are a student transferring to CU Boulder with a GPA of 3.3 or higher from your previous college/university, you are qualified to take Honors Program courses during your first semester here. Once you have confirmed your CU Boulder enrollment, contact our office for more information.

Transfer students who would like to live in the Honors Residential Academic Program should contact the Honors RAP office for directions on how to apply.

Current Students

If you have been a student at CU Boulder for at least one full semester and have a CU Boulder GPA of 3.3 or higher, you are honors-qualified and can register yourself for Honors Program courses. You do not need our permission, and we hope to see you in an honors course or at an Honors Program event soon.