FAQ: Admission

Honors Program Invitations

I received an invitation to the Honors Program in my admissions packet. What does this mean? Do I have to send you anything?

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 Media, Communication and Information and the College of Music as honors-qualified based on a complicated algorithm which includes GPA, test scores, AP credit and many other factors.

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.

After you've confirmed that you'll be attending CU-Boulder, you'll receive information from us sometime in May regarding Honors Program course registration.

I didn't receive an invitation to the Honors Program. Can I still participate?

If you have been admitted to CU-Boulder but did not receive an invitation in your admission packet (which is usually mailed 1-2 days after a student is admitted), you can always contact us for a personal review. Please have your CU-Boulder Student ID ready.

I am deferring my admission. Can I still be in the Honors Program when I come back?

Absolutely. Our one request is that you please get in touch with us when you confirm that you're coming to CU-Boulder so that we can work with you.

The invitation says that I have to send a $200 confirmation deposit. What is the deposit for?

Submitting the confirmation/enrollment deposit to the Office of Admissions is your way of confirming that you have chosen to attend CU-Boulder. While the timing of 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.

I am a transfer student. How do I get involved?

Transfer student eligibility during the first semester at CU-Boulder is based on a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 from your previous university. 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. Once you are established at CU-Boulder you must maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher to continue taking our courses.

I am a current student. Can I take Honors Program courses?

If your CU-Boulder GPA is a 3.3 or higher, you are considered honors-qualified and can register yourself for one Honors Program course each semester. Please note that receiving a first year student invitation from the Honors Program is not a guarantee of eligibility after the first year, and you must maintain a 3.3 or higher CU-Boulder GPA to continue taking Honors Program courses.

Participating in the Honors Program

What does it mean to participate in the Honors Program?

For first-year students and sophomores, participating in the Honors Program means taking Honors Program courses (one per semester). As juniors and seniors, students can consider pursuing graduation with Latin honors. Honors-qualified students often 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.

How many students are in the Honors Program?

Because we consider any established CU-Boulder student (established meaning any student who has been here for more than one semester) with a GPA of 3.3 or higher to be honors-qualified, there is no set number of students who are in the Honors Program. As long as a student maintains a GPA of 3.3 or higher, they are honors-qualified and can take advantage of what we offer.

Do I have to participate?

Taking Honors Program courses is completely optional. But we're a great option! Our courses are limited to about 15 honors-qualified students, which means that you are an essential part of how the class functions. You'll get to know your peers as well as your professor, and it's a great way to start building friendships here at CU-Boulder.

Does the Honors Program offer 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.

The Honors Residential Academic Program

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 college, major, or dorm (with the exception of students who live in the Honors RAP). The Honors Residential Academic Program is a RAP (Residential Academic Program) 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 welcomes all honors-qualified students regardless of where they live.