•  Honors Program


The Honors Application is closed. 

CURRENT Honors Students Application is closed. 


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 50 credits) and Junior-Entry (students having earned 50 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. 





Students with intensive curiosity, talent, passion, and initiative earn admission to the Honors Program through a competitive application process that assesses them holistically based in part on two short admissions essays. There is no minimum GPA or test score required to apply. We admit and support students from all backgrounds seeking any face-to-face baccalaureate or associates degree. 

To earn Honors distinction on the transcript and diploma and to wear Honors regalia, students must complete between 20 and 31 credits of Honors level coursework with an overall GPA of at least 3.40. 

Program admission is competitive and many students participate without receiving a financial award. The Honors Program award types are:

  • Program admission (Available to any UVU student in any major attending at main campus both part-time and full-time, regardless of residency.)
  • Tuition (Dollar amount in increments of $500 up to $2000, renewable for up to eight semesters.)
  • Housing (Available for single students only; renewable for up to two years.)


  • Please complete the application essays using the prompts below.

  • Please have your completed application essays in PDF format only.

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



The cornerstone of the UVU Honors application are the two essays you submit. 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 and adapted the questions below from the University of Chicago's famously unusual admissions essay tradition, among others places.

 Work on the essays 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).

 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 curiosity, passion, flexible thinking, focus, and innovation you might bring to the Honors Program.

 Limit your response to about 300 words for each essay. 

 You will select ONE option from Prompt 1 and ONE from Prompt 2

PROMPT ONE OPTIONS: (more analytical)  

1. Alice falls down the rabbit hole. Milo drives through the tollbooth. Dorothy is swept up in the tornado. Neo takes the red pill. Don’t tell us about another world you’ve imagined, heard about, or created. Rather, tell us about its portal and how this imagined journey changes the person who goes through it. Sure, some people think of college as a portal to their future, but please choose another portal to write about

2. Fans of the movie Sharknado say that they enjoy it because “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Certain automobile owners prefer classic cars because they “have more character.” And recently, vinyl record sales have skyrocketed because it is perceived that they have a warmer, fuller sound. Discuss something (not someone) that you love not in spite of, but rather due to, its quirks or imperfections

3. Human history is replete with the contributions of remarkable women, from Hypatia to Hidegarde of Bingen, from Murasaki Shikibu to Dolores Huerta, from Queen Liliuokalani to Henrietta Leavitt. Pick one remarkable woman in history (past or present) to converse with for an hour. Give us a vivid sense of your conversation in order to explain your choice.

PROMPT TWO OPTIONS: (more personal) 

1. The late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham once said “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization. Tell us about your individual “armor”(perhaps not clothing at all) and surprise us with its individuality and centrality to your life.

2. Earth. Fire. Wind. Water. Aristotle explored these and the cartoon Captain Planet added Heart. We’re familiar with the previously-noted sets and with actual elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, but select and explain another small group of things (say, under five) that you believe compose our world 

3. Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig once observed that “the human relationship to combustion is as mysterious as it is fraught with madness. From candle flame to nuclear blast, it has lit up the human imagination with fear and fascination.” What lights you up? Describe a topic, idea, text, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time, being certain to explain why it captivates you.

Honors Program Application