Admission

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 Honors Program.

What does it mean to participate in the Honors Program?

For first-year students, an invitation into the Honors Program gives you two semesters (your first year at CU-Boulder) of access to Honors Program courses and the opportunity to live in the Honors Residential Academic Program. After the first year, as long as you maintain a CU-Boulder GPA of 3.3 or higher, you can take our courses whenever you like. Juniors and seniors also have the option of pursuing graduation with Latin honors.

In addition, the Honors Program also holds special lectures, film showings, and the opportunity to meet other honors students at the Honors Coffee Hour.

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.

We encourage all students interested in the Honors Program to read our Frequently Asked Questions about Admission.

Visiting Honors:

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

Participating in the Honors Program

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 Be a CU-Boulder Student for a Day all-day visit program. The Honors Program hosts a session at every meeting of Be a CU-Boulder Student for a Day, and it's a great introduction to 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.

Incoming First Year Students

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, Journalism and Mass Communication, 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 from these colleges will receive their invitation into the Honors Program as part of their admission packet (admission packets are typically mailed 1-2 days after a student is admitted to CU-Boulder). 

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).

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 School of Journalism are automatically invited into the Honors Program.
  3. 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.

Honors-qualified students who confirm that they'll be attending CU-Boulder will attend an Honors Program or Honors Residential Academic Program session during summer orientation where we'll talk about everything else new students need to know.

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 - April):

The personal review and notification process takes approximately three to ten business days.

  • If you will be a student in the College of Arts of Sciences, the College of Music or the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and did not receive an Honors Program invitation in your admissions packet, you can contact our office for a personal review. 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 Engineering and Applied Science or the Leeds School of Business, you can also contact our office for a personal review. Please have your nine-digit CU-Boulder Student ID number available when you contact us.

Personal Reviews (May - August):

  • If you did not receive an invitation from the Honors Program in your admission packet, please visit our office after you have met with your advisor during Orientation and we'll be happy to talk with you about your honors options.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are not automatically invited into the Honors Program; if you are a transfer student interested in taking an Honors Program course during your first semester here, you can visit our office after you have met with your advisor during orientation 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. 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.

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 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.