Yes. If you are a current UA student and you have at least three semesters remaining until graduation, a cumulative UA GPA of 3.5 or better, and have completed at least 12 credits at Arizona, you may nominate yourself for admission into the Honors College through the self-nomination process. To learn more, visit the Application Process page under the Admissions tab of our website.
For students applying for Fall 2021 admission, the Honors College will be test-blind. We will not require test scores or even see scores that you have sent to the University of Arizona.
Not necessarily. Students who receive these awards might not qualify for Honors admission, which is a separate evaluation process.
To be considered a transfer student, you must have graduated high school or earned a GED, and completed 12 or more units of college credit by the time you apply to UA. Students who have completed fewer than 12 units or who have not yet finished high school at the time of application will apply as freshmen.
At the Honors College, we know that students who participate in international baccalaureate programs are especially well-prepared for the opportunities we offer. IB students have the ambition and passion that we recognize as necessary characteristics in Honors students. They are ready to seize research options, interaction with faculty and the benefits of a tight community.
For admission purposes, the Honors College considers the challenge of your high school transcript in addition to an unweighted GPA other metrics. This means that if you have a high number of IB courses, you could stand out as someone with a solid work ethic and a talent for learning.
The University of Arizona recognizes the challenge that goes into IB courses and awards credit based on each IB exam. Most exams are awarded credit if they are higher-level exams. A current chart with more details is available online.
Additionally, the university offers an IB Tuition Scholarship available to both Arizona and non-Arizona resident students who graduate high school with an IB Diploma and earn a minimum of 24 IB units.
The goal of Honors courses is to give students the chance to do hands-on, interactive work with faculty members and like-minded peers. Students who have excelled in Advanced Placement classes are ready to engage in this kind of study, as they already have the support of an education that has honed their skills in comprehension and analysis.
We know AP classes are challenging and we want to reward you for that effort. The Honors College considers the number of AP and other advanced courses on your transcript, as well as your unweighted GPA and other metrics when making an admissions decision.
Many of our students bring in college credit from their AP exams in order to maximize their hard work. A current chart explaining transfer credit from Advanced Placement exams is available online.
The Dean’s Distinction Award offered by the University of Arizona is an additional scholarship opportunity for Arizona resident students who challenged themselves with a rigorous curriculum in the 16 core courses.
To graduate with honors from the University of Arizona, you must be a member of the Honors College who has:
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher at the time of graduation.
- Completion of honors courses.
- Completion and submission of an honors thesis or capstone.
Is there an additional cost to be part of the Honors College?
The fee is $250 per semester or $500 per academic year. If the fee is a financial burden, you are eligible for a fee scholarship if you are a U.S. citizen and have completed the FAFSA. To learn more about your financial aid options, please visit the Cost and Aid page of our website.
In order to get the most out of the Honors College experience, Honors students are expected to live in the Honors Village for their first year, but it is possible to make exceptions. Please contact the Honors recruitment team for more information.
No. There is no Early Decision or Early Action at the University of Arizona.
The essay topics change from year to year. Be sure to check back in the fall of your application year for the current essay or personal statement topic.
Please contact the Honors College at 520-621-6901 and we will help direct you to one of our Recruitment and Outreach staff.
It is recommended that you speak with someone about the Honors College. If you would like to opt out, please call the Honors College at 520-621-6901. Declining the Honors College will not affect your admission to the university.
Yes, we have students from almost every major from science to fine arts to engineering (and many students double major or pursue a dual degree). Honors can work with any major or combination of majors.
One recommendation is required for Honors consideration. The letter can come from a teacher, counselor or community member.
Students who apply for Fall 2021 admission by 11:59pm on November 16, 2020 will be notified in their Future Wildcat account on December 11, 2020. Admission packets will also be mailed to students' home addresses. Students who apply between November 17, 2020 and 11:59pm on February 15, 2021 will be notified on March 10, 2021 in the same manner as above. February 15, 2021 is our final deadline for Honors application submission.