Incoming Freshmen

 

Complete the steps below to be evaluated for admission to the Honors College as an incoming freshman.

NOTE: The Honors College early application deadline of November 3, 2019 has been extended to November 15, 2019 for those students affected by the California fires or the Chicago Public Schools teacher strike.

 

STEP 1. COMPLETE YOUR UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ADMISSIONS APPLICATION THROUGH EITHER THE MAIN CAMPUS APPLICATION OR COMMON/COALITION

Click here to be taken to the UA Main Campus admissions application.

 

STEP 2. WITHIN THE APPLICATION, SELECT ‘YES’ WHEN PROMPTED ABOUT YOUR INTEREST IN THE HONORS COLLEGE

 

STEP 3. ACCESS THE HONORS SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION IN UA FUTURE

Log into your UA Future account. Select the application showing as 'Submitted' (either UA Main Campus Application or Common Coalition), then select 'Open Application' in the pop-up. This will take you to your status page where you can select 'Supplemental Applications' and begin your application for the Honors College.

If you are a National Merit Semifinalist, National Merit Finalist, or National Hispanic Scholar, there will not be a link to the honors application because you are automatically admitted to the Honors College.

 

STEP 4. SUBMIT THE HONORS APPLICATION COMPONENTS

We require additional materials to evaluate your Honors College application. These include:

  • An essay question
  • A recommendation component
  • An activities résumé

Official SAT and/or ACT scores are also required for Honors consideration.

 

DEADLINES AND ADDITIONAL DETAILS

The Honors College early application date is November 3, 2019 for fall 2020 admission. All admissions decisions for students who have submitted complete applications by the early application date will be released on December 2, 2019.  Students interested in honors admission are strongly encouraged to apply by the early application date. As noted above, the early application deadline for students affected by the California wildfires or the Chicago Public Schools teacher strike will be extended to November 15. For any questions about the extension, please contact Kevin Hall at jkh@arizona.edu.

The final Honors College application deadline is February 14, 2020 for fall admission. Students who complete their Honors applications between November 4 and the final deadline will be notified of their Honors admission status on March 2, 2020.

We consider students holistically for admission to honors and that decision is based on several criteria. Factors include your core unweighted high school GPA, the rigor of your high school schedule (to include honors/AP/IB classes taken in high school), your essay responses, extracurricular and leadership experiences, and your SAT and/or ACT scores.

Please note that we only look at core unweighted GPAs – if your school has weighted grades, we will unweight them to calculate your GPA for honors and university admission, and focus on your core 16 classes. 

Essay prompts for the Fall 2020 Honors application are as follows. Please note that students will select only one of the three prompts to address and responses are limited to 500 words each.

Prompt 1

"A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Maturity is a virtue that we all strive for but often find difficult to obtain. It is a quality that we must acquire at some point in our lives as we become adults. What do you think it means to be a mature person? Write a well-organized essay in which you describe what you think are some of the qualities that make a person mature.

Prompt 2

We experience many types of relationships with our family and friends during our lifetimes. Some of these relationships survive over the years, while others deteriorate. What qualities are important to learn and develop in order to sustain healthy, lasting relationships? In a well-developed essay, discuss those qualities that you feel contribute to a healthy relationship. Support your answer with specific details or examples from your own experience or reading.

Prompt 3

Many people have argued that the skills needed to be successful in today's workforce have changed. What skills do you feel an individual needs to be successful in a job today? Why do you feel these skills are most important? In an essay to be read by a teacher, identify the skills you feel are most needed by an individual to be successful at work and provide reasons to persuade your teacher that these are the most critical skills for success.