•  Honors Program


New application for Spring 2018 is now OPEN.

Application for CURRENT Honors Students is OPEN.


Admission to the Honors Program is competitive yet open to all. We read every application individually and base admission on an assessment of an applicant's curiosity, initiative, and intellectual flexibility. A student's cumulative GPA, standardized test scores, prior academic work, a writing sample, and demonstrated commitment to high achievement in intellectual, artistic, athletic, community, and similar endeavors are also considered.

We admit between 150 and 200 students annually based on:

  • potential for innovation, creativity, and intellectual inquiry

  • high school and/or college GPA

  • ACT or SAT scores

  • prior academic work

  • a writing sample

  • demonstrated commitment to high achievement


The Honors Program provides opportunities for motivated students pursuing an associate or baccalaureate degree. Honors offers:

  • a powerful first-year experience

  • sustained peer-group interactions

  • smaller classes with outstanding faculty

  • experiential learning

  • sponsored cultural events

  • outdoor excursions

  • dynamic social gatherings


The Honors Program at Utah Valley University has two entry points: Lower-Division (students having earned fewer than 60 credits) and Junior-Entry (students having earned 60 credits or more). Each entry point has its own set of course requirements and students admitted to the Program should meet with their Honors Coordinator to plan their schedule.


All Honors students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 and typically should complete at least one Honors course per semester. Please note that some UVU academic merit awards require students hold a higher GPA. Honors students holding an Honors academic scholarship at UVU must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher and maintain full-time status. 




New application for Spring 2018 is now OPEN.

Application for CURRENT Honors Students is OPEN.



For admission to the Honors Program, please complete the Honors Program's online application form. 

1. If not a member of the UVU OrgSync community, you may be prompted to either log in by providing your email address and password or become a new member.

2. To become a member of OrgSync, you will then be prompted to enter some basic information and create an account. 

3. Please read the instructions on the application form carefully and have ready to upload your completed essays in PDF (preferred), .doc or .docx formats (only these formats please). Essays submitted in other formats, will not be considered. If you have questions about using our online application, please telephone the Honors Program office at 801-863-6262 for assistance.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Only students admitted to the Honors Program are eligible for Honors Tuition and Housing awards. 


  • Please complete the application essays using the prompts below.

  • Please have your completed application essays in PDF (preferred), .doc, or .docx formats only.

  • If you have questions about using our online application, please telephone 801-863-6262 for assistance.



The cornerstone of the UVU Honors application is the essay. Draw on your best qualities as a writer and thinker; academic risk-taking is a core value of the Honors Program, so take some risks and have fun. We borrowed the questions below from the University of Chicago's famously unusual admissions essay tradition.

Work on the essay carefully, remembering that eloquent writing is both difficult and powerful. Have someone edit your writing but don't let an editor erase your unique voice. Your response will be evaluated on content as well as form (spelling, grammar, and punctuation). Please keep your response in the neighborhood of 500 words. You will only select ONE analytical essay from the choices below. 


1. In French, there is no difference between "conscience" and "consciousness." In Japanese, there is a word that specifically refers to the splittable wooden chopsticks you get at restaurants. The German word “fremdschämen” encapsulates the feeling you get when you’re embarrassed on behalf of someone else. All of these require explanation in order to properly communicate their meaning, and are, to varying degrees, untranslatable. Choose a word, tell us what it means, and then explain why it cannot (or should not) be translated from its original language.

2. The ball is in your court—a penny for your thoughts, but say it, don’t spray it. So long as you don’t bite off more than you can chew, beat around the bush, or cut corners, writing this essay should be a piece of cake. Create your own idiom, and tell us its origin—you know, the whole nine yards. PS: A picture is worth a thousand words.

3. Once, renowned physicist Werner Heisenberg said: “There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized. Unity and complementarity constitute reality.” Whether it’s Georges Seurat’s pointillism in “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, quantum physics, or any other field of your choosing, when can the parts be separated from the whole and when can they not?


Please compose an additional personal essay on ONE of the topics below that showcases your best writing ability. As in the essay described above, please demonstrate original thinking and polished writing. Proofread carefully to remove typos, clichéd phrasing, and unclear ideas. The most impressive essays will be clear and lively and will give us a vivid sense of who you are and what you can bring to the Honors Program. Aim for about 500 words.

1. What is square one, and can you actually go back to it? Be sure to craft an answer specific to your personal experiences.

2. "A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies." –Oscar Wilde. Othello and Iago. Dorothy and the Wicked Witch. Autobots and Decepticons. Life and history and art are full of heroes and their enemies. Tell us about the relationship between you and your arch-nemesis (either real or imagined, actual or metaphorical).