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How to Apply to the Honors Program

Applications for Fall 2014 will be accepted through August 4, 2014 at 11:45 PM. All program financial awards have been issued for the 2014-15 academic year.  

For admission to the Honors Program and/or Honors Housing, please complete the Honors Program's online application form found at https://orgsync.com/61220/forms/101583.

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

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

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3. Once an OrgSync account has been created, you will then be prompted to complete the online application form. Please read the instructions carefully and have ready to upload: 1. Completed essay(s) in PDF, .doc. or .docx formats (essay prompts are listed below
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If you have questions about using our new online application, please call 801-863-6262 or 801-863-6841 for assistance.

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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 $130 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) using the prompts below.
  • Please have the following documents ready to upload: 1. 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.

Admission Essay Prompts

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.

1. A famous quote by José Ortega y Gasset, the Spanish philosopher proclaims, "Yo soy yo y mi circunstancia" (1914). José Quintans, from the University of Chicago, sees it another way: "Yo soy yo y mi microbioma" (2012). Make a case that you are you and your. . .? How do you mediate between the two?

2. "This is what history consists of. It's the sum total of all the things they aren't telling us." (Don DeLillo, Libra) . What is history, who are “they,” and what aren’t they telling us?

3. The mantis shrimp perceives both polarized light and multispectral images, using the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom. Human eyes have color receptors for three colors (red, green, and blue); the mantis shrimp has receptors for sixteen types of color, enabling them to see a spectrum far beyond the capacity of the human brain. What might they be able to see that we cannot? What are we missing?

4. How are apples and oranges supposed to be compared? Possible answers involve, but are not limited to, statistics, chemistry, physics, linguistics, and philosophy.

Housing Award Essay Prompt (if applicable)

Please compose an additional essay on the topic below that showcases your best writing ability. As in the essay described in section C, 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 Honors Housing. Aim for about 500 words.

"The instructor said, Go home and write a page tonight.
And let that page come out of you — Then, it will be true."
"Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes

Perhaps you recognize this poem. If you do, then your mind has probably moved on to the question the next line poses: “I wonder if it’s that simple?” Saying who we are is never simple (read the entire poem if you need evidence of that). Write a truthful page about yourself for us, an audience you do not know—a very tall order.

Hughes begins:
“I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.
I went to school there, then Durham, then here to this college on the hill above Harlem.
I am the only colored student in my class.”
That is, each of us is of a certain age and of a particular family background. We have lived somewhere and been schooled. We are each what we feel and see and hear. Begin there and see what happens.

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Applications for Fall 2014 will be accepted through August 4, 2014 at 11:45 PM. All program financial awards have been issued for the 2014-15 academic year.

Additional Information

Honors Program Director:
Dr. Kate McPherson
Office: LC 204a
Telephone: 801.863.8055
Email: kmcpherson@uvu.edu

Program Coordinator:
Allen Hill
Office: LC 202a
Telephone: 801.863.6841
E-mail: allen.hill@uvu.edu

Program Coordinator:
Tiffany Nez
Office: LC 204a
Telephone: 801.863.6223
E-mail: tiffany.nez@uvu.edu

On Campus:
Main Office: LC 204
Telephone: 801.863.6262
Fax: 801.863.6562
Web: www.uvu.edu/honors