Incoming Freshmen

 

The Fall 2021 Honors College application is live. Complete the steps below to be evaluated for admission to the Honors College as an incoming first year student.

 

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 Arizona Main Campus admissions application.

 

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

You can still apply to Honors without checking 'yes' in the main Arizona application, but this allows the Honors College to identify and communicate with you before your Honors application is complete.

 

STEP 3. ACCESS THE HONORS SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION IN FUTURE WILDCAT

A) Arizona Main Campus Application

If you applied to the University of Arizona through the Arizona-specific application at admissions.arizona.edu, log in to your Future Wildcat account. Select the application showing as 'Submitted', 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.

B) Common or Coalition Application

If you applied to the University of Arizona through the Common or Coalition application, you will need to create a Future Wildcat account before you can complete the Honors College application. You will receive a link to create your Future Wildcat account via email once you have submitted your Common or Coalition application. Please note that it can take up to 48 hours to link your Common or Coalition application to your new Future Wildcat account. Once your completed Common or Coalition application is showing as 'Submitted' in Future Wildcat, select that application, 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:

  • A personal statement (which we recommend be different from the optional personal statement in the University of Arizona application)
  • A recommendation component
  • An activities résumé

Please note that SAT and/or ACT scores will not be considered for students applying to Honors for Fall 2021. The Honors College will be test-blind, so even if scores are submitted to the University of Arizona we will not use them in evaluating Honors applications. To be clear, students will not be penalized for applying to the Arizona Honors College without submitting test scores.

 

DEADLINES AND ADDITIONAL DETAILS

The Honors College priority application deadline was November 16, 2020 at 11:59pm for fall 2021 admission. All admissions decisions for students who have submitted complete applications by the early application date will be released on December 11,2020.  Students interested in honors admission are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority application date. 

The final Honors College application deadline for fall 2021 admission is February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm. Students who complete their Honors applications between November 17 and the final deadline will be notified of their Honors admission status on March 10, 2021.

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 personal statement, recommendation, and extracurricular and leadership experiences..

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. 

The Honors personal statement prompt is as follows, and is limited to 500 words.

Honors Personal Statement Prompt:

Please tell the admissions committee a little about yourself. You might consider including some of the following: your background, academic interests, where those interests come from, what makes you unique, career or professional goals, obstacles you've overcome, why it's important for you to be part of the Honors College, a talent you have, an extracurricular activity that's been particularly impactful, or anything else you would like for the committee to know.