Why Join the Honors Program?

Honors Students on natural bridge in Capitol Reef NP


“There are countless ways that being in the Honors Program made my college experience more fun, rewarding, easier to endure, and I think put me on a better path to make sure I got the most out of my degree and put my goals at the forefront of my learning. There were some extra things to do, but I don't feel like it was
extra work—it was necessary work for my own benefit.”

--McKinli Grover, Honors Student

The Honors Program provides opportunities for motivated students seeking to get the most out of their university experience. 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 40 credits) and Junior-Entry (students having earned 40 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 are now being accepted for Fall 2021 on a space availability basis. Please submit your application by February 1, 2021 for first priority consideration. Applications for Fall 2021 will close on July 1, 2021. Applicants are to complete two essays as directed on the Writing Prompts page, then click the Application Form button below. 


Application Form


Honors Awards, New Students

During the application process, there will be an option to apply for scholarships. Scholarships and awards are typically reviewed for distribution on the 15th of each month. 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 $1250, renewable for up to eight semesters)
  • Housing (Available for single students only; renewable for up to two years)Honors Awards, Continuing StudentHonors Awards, New Students

Honors Awards, Continuing Students

  • Current Honors Program students in good standing can apply for Tuition and/or Housing awards at any time during their studies
  • A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required to qualify
  • Students are awarded based on their prior academic performance, progress in the Honors Program, as well as an application essay
  • Continuing student essay propmpt: "Keeping the Honors Program motto in mind ("Diligentia, Curiositas, Cognito”), what idea, text, invention, artistic piece, etc. are you most curious about right now?" (Upload PDF files only.)
  • Application for Fall 2021 should be submitted by February 1, 2021 and will close on July 1, 2021.