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Admission to University Honors: Current UC Students

We know that there are many outstanding, high achieving undergraduate students at UC who are not admitted to University Honors as incoming freshmen. We encourage interested students to apply through our transition process.

Please keep in mind that the transition process is very competitive and we are limited in the number of students that we can accept. As a result, there are also many outstanding, high achieving students that we are not able to admit through this process due to the number of applications received. In the 2014-15 process, we had 135 applications with 79 students admitted. (a 58% acceptance rate). We expect the same number of applications (if not more) in the 2015-16 process.

Applicants must have a cumulative university GPA of 3.2* or above and expect to have earned at least 24 semester hours of college credit by the end of spring semester 2016 in order to be considered for admission to University Honors. *Please be aware that the GPA of students who are admitted is typically much higher, above a 3.8.

Application Timeline

Application Opens - October 15, 2015 
Application Deadline - January 22, 2016 

Info sessions on the UHP and the transition process will be held in 708Swift on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13th 2pm - 3pm
  • Friday, Jan. 15th 11am - 12pm

 Applicants will be notified of their status via email by February 2016.

Application Process

The transition application process is for current UC undergraduate students. Students who are transferring to UC from another university and are interested in applying to the UHP should apply through the transfer process.  

  1. Applications for the transition process are currently closed. Applications for the 17SS transition process will open in late 16FS. 

  2. Academic Record: Once you complete the online application, we will access your UC academic record. By completing the online application, you give us permission to access that information. 
  3. Resume: Submit a resume with a listing of your campus and community engagements to Please include all of your co-curricular involvement / experiences (including any experiences involving leadership, individual / team activities, competitive events, study abroad, etc.), as well as any work history. Knowing what you have engaged in so far in your UC experience is very important to our selection process. The resume does not need to be limited to one page. It can be longer if necessary.

Gateway to University Honors Class

All admitted students are required to enroll in the one credit hour Gateway to University Honors course (HNRS1010) in spring semester 2016. Two sections will be offered - you must be able to enroll in one of these class sections:  

Section 001 - Wednesdays, 3:30-5:45pm (tentative)
Section 002 - Thursday, 3:30 - 5:45pm (tentative)

Both sections will begin meeting the week of March 2nd and will conclude the week of April 27th. Students will be able to register online for HNRS1010 once they have been admitted to the program. All students must take HNRS1010 in the spring. Exceptions will only be made for those with a schedule conflict due to a required academic course, those on co-op or those with any other official UC-related function (ex. UC athletics). Please be aware that fraternities / sororities, student clubs / organizations, volunteer groups, etc. are NOT official UC-related functions. 

Gateway to University Honors (HNRS1010) does NOT carry a fee.  If the student is taking the maximum number of credit hours (18) as a full-time student, s/he can still enroll in the class without being charged additional tuition fees.  Students must receive authorization from their college academic advisor to register for the 19th credit hour.

Consider Participating in an Honors Seminar

UC students with a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than a 3.2 are eligible to enroll in honors seminars. Students should contact University Honors for permission to enroll. If the seminar has a study abroad component, students must also complete the required application and interview. Incoming first-year students without an established UC GPA are not eligible to enroll in fall semester seminars.


Contact us at or 513-556-6254.