I received an invitation to the Honors Program in my admissions packet. What does this mean?
If you received an invitation to join the Honors Program, this means that you were automatically selected by the Office of Admissions as an Honors-qualified student. The Office of Admissions automatically selects the top 10% of the incoming first-year class entering the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Architecture and Planning, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Music as Honors-qualified based on a complicated algorithm including GPA, test scores, AP credit and many other factors.
If you have been admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences or the Leeds School of Business and are interested in participating in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, please feel free to contact the Honors Program Office for a personal review. (Engineering and Applied Sciences students may wish to look into the Engineering Honors Program, while Business students have the option of the B3 Residential Academic Program.)
I have an invitation. Do I have to send you anything? What do I do now?
You do not need to respond to the Honors Program invitation. The invitation is simply a notification that you are honors-qualified and that we'd love to have you participate in the Honors Program or in the Honors Residential Academic Program when you begin your undergraduate career at CU-Boulder. In late May you'll receive information about what Honors Program courses will be available to you and what you'll need to do next.
I didn't receive an invitation to the Honors Program. Can I still join?
If you have been admitted to CU-Boulder but did not receive an invitation in your admissions packet, you can always contact us for a personal review. If you do so, please have your CU-Boulder Student ID ready. If you're an incoming student and are reading this during the summer and have not yet come to your First-Year Student Orientation, you can visit our office (Norlin Library, Room M400M) after you've met with your academic advisor on day two of Orientation.
I am deferring my admission for a year. Can I still be in the Honors Program next year?
Absolutely. The Honors Program does not rescind invitations.
The invitation says that I have to send a $200 confirmation deposit. What is the deposit for?
Submitting the confirmation/enrollment deposit is your way of confirming that you have chosen to attend CU-Boulder. While when you do this isn't crucial if you want to participate in the Honors Program, it becomes important if you want to live in the Honors Residential Academic Program. Housing at CU-Boulder is limited, and can only be guaranteed for students who have confirmed their enrollment with the Office of Admissions.
What does it mean to participate in the Honors Program?
For first-year students and sophomores, participating in the Honors Program means taking Honors courses. As juniors and seniors, students can consider pursuing graduation with Latin honors. Honors-qualified students usually supplement their schedules with one Honors Program course per semester. Taking Honors Program courses is not mandatory, and students can choose not to take an Honors Program course in a given semester without impacting their Honors-qualified status.
Do I have to participate in the Honors Program?
Participation in the Honors Program is completely optional. But we're a great option!
Does the Honors Program offer scholarships?
Honors-qualified students are often eligible for other CU-Boulder scholarships - visit Scholarships for more information.
What is the Honors Residential Academic Program?
The Honors Residential Academic Program (Honors RAP) is an optional Residential Academic Program for Honors-qualified first-year and continuing students. Students in Honors RAP live and take their honors courses in Smith Hall. Honors RAP offers courses and activities exclusive to Honors RAP students. For more information on Honors RAP, visit their website.
What is the difference between the Honors Program and the Honors Residential Academic Program?
The Honors Program offers courses to all honors-qualified undergraduates at CU-Boulder, regardless of their department or dorm. The Honors Residential Academic Program is a RAP exclusively for honors-qualified students. Honors RAP students live in Smith Hall and take their Honors courses there as well.
Do I have to be in the Honors Residential Academic Program to be in the Honors Program?
No, you may live anywhere you choose and still participate in the Honors Program. The Honors Program offers courses to all honors-qualified students regardless of their place of residence.