Please note before beginning Honors Program Application Form:
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.
“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 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.