The two essays you submit represent the cornerstones of your application to join the UVU Honors Program. Draw on your best qualities as a writer and thinker; academic risk-taking remains a core value for us, 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 Analytical option and ONE Creative Option.


Prompt One Options (More Analytical):

1. A hot dog might be a sandwich, cereal might be a soup, and chess might be a sport, but is a ______ a ______? Why?


2. Human history is replete with the contributions of remarkable women, from Hypatia to Hildegarde of Bingen, from Katherine Johnson to Dolores Huerta, from Queen Liliuokalani to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, from Marie Curie to Henrietta Leavitt. Select a remarkable woman in history (past or present) with whom to converse about a current issue. Give us a vivid sense of what the two of you discuss in order to explain your choice.


3. Strings always have explained or enriched our lives, from Theseus’s escape route from the Labyrinth, to kittens playing with balls of yarn, to a thread woven into a tapestry of fate, to a finely tuned violin string, to quantum mechanics. Use the power of string, real or metaphorical, to explain something you view as crucial.


Prompt Two Options (More Creative):

1. UVU is growing rapidly and adding branch campuses up and down the Wasatch Front and environs. Propose a spot in any time or place on our planet or beyond for a new UVU campus. What types of courses would be taught at this site? What experiences await students who study there?


2. In 2015, the city of Melbourne, Australia created a "tree-mail" service, in which all of the trees in the city received an email address so that residents could report any tree-related issues. As an unexpected result, people began to email their favorite trees sweet and occasionally humorous letters. Imagine this has been expanded to any object (tree or otherwise) in the world, and share with us the letter you'd send to your favorite object.


3. The word floccinaucinihilipilification is the act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant or of having no value. It originated in the mid-18th century from the Latin words "floccus," "naucum," "nihilum," and "pilus"—all words meaning “of little use.” Coin your own word using parts from any language(s) you choose, tell us its meaning, and describe the plausible (if only to you) scenarios in which it would be most appropriately used.