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No matter where you are in your undergraduate career, there is no separate application process for the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.


What does it mean to participate in the Honors Program?

For most students, participating in the Honors Program means taking our courses. Honors-qualified students can also apply to live in the Honors Residential Academic Program. Juniors and seniors can choose to write and defend an honors thesis in order to graduate with Latin honors. We also host community events including the Honors Coffee Hour, a speaker series, film and television showings hosted by faculty, and more.

Students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science should consider applying for the Engineering Honors Program, while students in the Leeds School of Business can apply for the Leeds Scholars Program. Qualified students from other CU-Boulder colleges and schools are welcome to participate in our program, although our curriculum may not lend itself as well to their academic requirements

How can I participate in the Honors Program?

First-Year Students

The Office of Admissions automatically evaluates all students admitted into the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Media, Communication and Information, and the College of Music for the Honors Program. Generally, students in the top 10% of the incoming class are invited to participate in the Honors Program.

Qualified students will receive their Honors Program invitation letter in their printed admission packet (admission packets are typically mailed 1-2 days after a student is admitted). Honors Program acceptance status is not available online.

Most students admitted into the College of Engineering and Applied Science or the Leeds School of Business are not automatically reviewed for the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program; engineering and business students who are interested in participating in our program can contact us for a personal review (read more about this in the Personal Reviews section below).

Esteemed Scholars:

  1. All Esteemed Scholars who receive the Sewall Scholarship are automatically invited into the Honors Program no matter what school or college they belong to.
  2. Esteemed Scholars who receive the Hale or Baker Scholarships and are in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Music or the College of Media, Communication and Information are automatically invited into the Honors Program.

Scholarships: While we are currently unable to offer funding to incoming students, students who qualify for the Honors Program are often qualified for scholarships; visit colorado.edu/scholarships for more information.

Personal Reviews (December 1st - May 15th):

The personal review and notification process takes approximately ten to fourteen business days. Please have your nine-digit CU-Boulder Student ID number available when you contact us.

  • If you will be a student in the College of Arts of Sciences, the College of Music or the College of Media, Communication and Information and did not receive an Honors Program invitation in your printed admission packet, you can contact our office for a personal review. Because honors acceptance status is not available online, please wait to contact us until after you've received your printed admission packet - your invitation will be in there.
  • If you will be a studentĀ in the College of Engineering and Applied Science or the Leeds School of Business and did not receive the Sewall scholarship, you can also contact our office for a personal review.
Prospective Students

If you are still in high school or more than a year away from coming to CU-Boulder, the best way to learn about the Honors Program is to participate in the Student for a Day all-day visit program. The Honors Program hosts a session at every Student for a Day, and it's a great way to get to know both our beautiful campus and the Honors Program.

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

Transfer Students

Transfer students are not automatically invited into the Honors Program and we do not conduct personal reviews; transfer student eligibility during the first semester at CU-Boulder is based solely on a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 from a student's previous university. If you are a transfer student interested in taking an Honors Program course during your first semester here, you can contact our office when your enrollment window opens to discuss your options.

Current Students

CU-Boulder students who have been at the university for at least one full semester and who have a CU-Boulder GPA of 3.3 or higher are automatically considered honors-qualified and may register themselves for our courses.