Welcome to the Utah Valley University Honors Program
Letter from the Honors Program Director
Welcome to the Utah Valley University Honors Program! By choosing to join the Honors Program, you have demonstrated a genuine investment in the quality and depth of your undergraduate education. The entire Honors Program staff is here to advise you as you seek for excellence. Many students, when asking about participating in Honors, wonder if it’s harder; I always answer, “It’s not always more work, but it is better work.” In a series of small classes with other highly motivated students, you will find true peers willing to be guided by faculty invested in their students’ intellectual potential. You will discover in yourself the ability to grapple with texts and ideas that have fascinated the world’s great thinkers, writers, artists, and scientists, as well as the courage to try out new and challenging ideas, places and experiences. We look forward to sharing the journey with you.
Kate McPherson, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Honors Program Director
Honors Program Mission
The Honors Program at Utah Valley University provides opportunities for highly motivated students pursuing any associates or baccalaureate degree to realize academic, professional, and personal potential. Honors offers a powerful first-year experience, sustained peer-group interactions, and small courses with outstanding faculty employing innovative classroom approaches. Honors students benefit from experiential learning, undergraduate research, cultural events, and dynamic social gatherings.
Students from all majors may pursue an Honors degree. Through Honors, each student can chart a customized program of study most suited to their post-baccalaureate plans.
Honors Program Objectives
1. Encourage students to realize intellectual potential through challenging academic experiences
2. Prepare students to embark successfully on post-baccalaureate endeavors
3. Foster responsible citizenship through engaging students in enriching cultural activities, outdoor education, as well as a variety of research and service projects
How to Apply to the Honors Program
For admission to the Honors Program and/or Honors Housing, please complete the Honors Program's online application form. Complete instructions can be found at the Honors Program's Application Page. Applications for Honors Program admission for Spring 2014 will be open October 1-November 30, 2013. Applications for Fall 2014 will be accepted beginning December 1, 2013 and are due no later than February 1, 2014.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Only students admitted to the Honors Program are eligible for Honors Housing. Utah Valley University maintains a contract with Ventana Student Housing and pays two thirds monthly rent for each four-bedroom Honors suite. Honors students live with each other and each pay the remaining third of the rent, currently approximately $115 each month.
For additional Utah Valley University scholarship information, please click here.
Please note before beginning Honors Program Application Form:
Please complete the application essay(s).
Please have the following documents ready to upload: 1. PDF files of your high school transcripts and 2. Completed essay(s) in PDF, .doc. or .docx formats.
If you have questions about using our new online application, please call 801-863-6262 or 801-863-6841 for assistance.
Please click on the links below to download helpful Honors Program forms and view photos from Honors Program events and Facebook page.
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