Folsom Field fireworks seen from Norlin Library.

Folsom Field fireworks viewed from the Norlin Quad.  Norlin Library is the home of the Honors Program.

What is the Arts and Sciences Honors Program?

The Honors Program is an enrichment program for undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences who would like to add something extra to their experience at CU Boulder.  Everything our program offers is optional, which means that each student can make the Arts and Sciences Honors Program work for their individual needs.  If you have been admitted into one of the other colleges at CU Boulder, such as Engineering or CMCI, please reference the information in the "Honors Options at CU Boulder" section on this page.

Honors-qualified students can choose to:

How To Be a Part of the Honors Program

Admission for first-year and transfer students is done automatically through the CU Boulder Admissions process.  Generally, students in the top 10 percent of the incoming class receive an invitation. Honors-qualified students will receive an invitation to the Honors Program after they have been admitted, and it may take a few weeks once the acceptance packet has been received for the invitation to arrive.  Continuing students (those who have been at CU past their first year) who maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher are automatically eligible to participate in the Honors Program.  There is no Honors Program application; in all cases, eligibility is determined automatically.

Where to find your invitation to the Honors Program

Once you've received an email of acceptance to CU Boulder from Admissions, you'll be invited to log into to your student portal.  Incoming freshmen and transfer students who are eligible to participate in the Honors Program will receive an invitation within a few weeks of being accepted to CU.  To view your acceptance packet and see if you've received an invitation, please log into your portal and view your new messages.  If you've received an invitation, there is no need for further steps or applications - congratulations are in order!  We're thrilled to have you in the program.  If you don't see an invitation yet, keep checking back.  If it's been a few weeks and you'd like to check the status, you are welcome to contact us.

I got in!  What now?

The first year, you will automatically receive emails at your email address notifying you of courses, events, and opportunities.  Please keep an eye out for those emails.  If you'd like to know more about what we offer, please read through the Courses, Community, Latin Honors, and other tabs on our website for details.  You can choose to participate in any or all of our offerings; these opportunities are optional and not required.

If you prefer to talk to someone in person about the program, you are always welcome to schedule a meeting by calling us at 303-492-6617 or emailing

If you have questions regarding the Honors Residential Academic Program (HRAP), please visit their website at, call 303-492-3695, or email  Please be aware that if you are interested in living in the Honors RAP, you will need to fill out the application on their website.