Why Join the Honors Program?

The Honors Program provides opportunities for motivated students. We admit and support students from all backgrounds seeking face-to-face baccalaureate or associates degrees. 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

Honors Program Requirements

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. Typically, honors students 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.

Admission Criteria

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. 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. There is no minimum GPA or test score required to apply. 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

Entering Honors as a Freshman or a Junior

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.

How to Apply

Prior to Beginning Honors Application Form

  • Please complete the application essays using the prompts below. 
  • Please have your completed application essays in PDF format only.
  • The writing prompts are only for new enrollment to Honors. Current Honors students do not use these prompts.
  • If you have questions about using our online application, please telephone 801-863-6262 for assistance.

Applications for First Priority Fall 2019 are now closed. To apply for Academic Year 2019-20 Second Priority, fill out the Orgsync form online after you have written your application essays. Students will be notified of acceptance via MyUVU email on or by March 15, 2019. 

First Priority Online Application (Closed until September 1,2019)

Honors Financial Awards

During the application process, there will be an option to apply for scholarships. 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)

Continuing Honors Students Application

Online Application (Closed until September 1, 2019).