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What does it mean to participate in the Honors Program?

For most students, participating in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program means taking our courses and taking part in the Honors Community. Juniors and seniors can choose to write and defend an honors thesis in order to graduate with Latin honors.

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How can I participate in the Honors Program?

First-Year Students

There is no application process for the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. The Office of Admissions evaluates all first-year 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.

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

Esteemed Scholars and other merit recipients:

  1. Sewall Award recipients from any school or college on the CU-Boulder campus are automatically invited into the Honors Program.
  2. Hale or Baker Award recipients from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Music, the College of Media, Communication and Information, and the Program in Environmental Design are automatically invited into the Honors Program.
  3. Presidential Scholarship recipients from any school or college on the CU-Boulder campus are automatically invited into the Honors Program.
  4. Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship recipients from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Music, the College of Media, Communication and Information, and the Program in Environmental Design are automatically invited into the Honors Program.

Scholarships: While we are 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 1st):

Personal reviews take 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. Please wait to contact us until after you receive your printed admission packet.
  • 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 or Presidential 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 attending CU-Boulder, the best way to learn about the Honors Program is to participate in the CU-Boulder 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 start getting to know us.

The Honors Residential Academic Program also offers tours 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, contact us when your enrollment window opens to discuss your options.

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.