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.

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 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.

First-Year Students

There is no separate application process for the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. The Office of Admissions automatically evaluates 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 for the Honors Program. 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 a student is admitted). Invitation status is not available online.

Personal Reviews: We conduct personal reviews in partnership with the Office of Admissions from December to May every 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 are often qualified for other CU Boulder scholarships.

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. Contact our office so we can discuss honors course options with you.

Transfer students who would like to live in the Honors Residential Academic Program should contact the Honors RAP office directly for more information.

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.