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Whether you are an incoming first-year student, a transfer student or a continuing student at the University of Colorado Boulder, 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.
The Honors Program also hosts a coffee hour, speaker series, film and television showings, and more.
Students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science should also 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 always welcome to participate in the Honors Program, although our curriculum may not lend itself as well to their academic requirements.
How can I participate in the Honors Program?
There is no application process for the Honors Program; 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 into the as part of 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 Honors Program; engineering and business students who are interested in participating in the Honors Program can contact us for a personal review (read more about this in the Personal Reviews section below).
- All Esteemed Scholars who receive the Sewall Scholarship are automatically invited into the Honors Program no matter what school or college they belong to.
- 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.
- Esteemed Scholars who receive the Hale or Baker Scholarships and are in the Leeds School of Business or the College of Engineering and Applied Science may request a personal review.
Scholarships: While the Honors Program is currently not able 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.
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 CU-Boulder Student for a Day all-day visit program. The Honors Program hosts a session at every meeting of CU-Boulder Student for a Day, and it's a great introduction to both our beautiful campus and the Honors Program.
Transfer students are not automatically invited into the Honors Program; transfer student eligibility during the first semester at CU-Boulder is based on a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 from a student's previous university.
Iif 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. Once you are established at CU-Boulder you must maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher to continue taking our courses.
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 one Honors Program course each semester.
(Note that receiving a first-year student invitation from the Honors Program is not a guarantee of eligibility after the first year, and students must maintain a 3.3 or higher CU-Boulder GPA to continue taking Honors Program courses.)