FAQs (Prospective Students)

What does the Honors Program provide?

Challenging academics for high-achieving students through an array of courses (Honors courses, Honors sections, courses converted to Honors credit, and graduate courses), which are often smaller in size, led by faculty members, and offer personalized attention, discussion, and intellectual rigor.

A personalized collegiate environment in and out of the classroom, including close relationships with faculty and staff, faculty advisors who guide students through all Honors requirements, and activities and opportunities that encourage scholarship and leadership.

A community designed for academic, social, and cultural development, including Honors housing and the Honors First Year Experience seminar.

Engagement and leadership beyond the classroom such as Education Abroad/Study Away programs, Honors student organizationsresearchinternships, civic projects, lectures, and events, just to name a few.


How will the Honors Program challenge me?

Honors faculty and staff expect you to be curious and creative. The program is designed to support out-of-the-box thinkers as they discover their outstanding potential and prepare for the challenges of the future. Academically, you will engage on a professional level with leading faculty, explore research opportunities, and have the option to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. You will also be introduced to social and cultural experiences within the boundaries of the University and beyond.


What is the profile of a typical first-year Honors student?

First-year Honors students average combined scores of 1440 on the SATs (32 on the ACTs) and graduate in the top 5 percent of their high school classes. They are highly motivated students with a variety of academic and co-curricular interests.


Do Honors students receive any special benefits?

Yes! They include priority in registration, housing, advising, and library lending. Learn more.


What are the academic requirements of the Honors Program?

There are various milestones you will be expected to achieve as an Honors student. Learn more about Honors requirements to be sure you stay on track. Your Honors advisor will work with you as you progress through the program, as will the Honors staff.


How will I know if I have been admitted to the Honors Program as a first-year student?

Your invitation will be part of your acceptance letter to UConn. Learn more.


How much do GPA and test scores affect acceptance into the Honors Program as a first-year student?

Every student is evaluated with a holistic review. There are several factors considered for admission to Honors, including but not limited to GPA and test scores.


Will I receive a merit scholarship if I am admitted to the Honors Program?

Not automatically. The awarding of merit scholarships is done by the Office of Admissions, and is completely separate from admission to Honors. However, many Honors students do end up receiving merit awards simply because our students are among the most competitive scholars in each incoming class. Questions regarding scholarships should be directed to Undergraduate Admissions.


Can transfer students join the UConn Honors Program?

Yes, but you must apply to the Honors Program separately from admission to the University. Your Honors application as a transfer student will be reviewed once you are accepted to UConn through Undergraduate Admissions.


I was accepted to the UConn Honors Program as a first-year student, but went to a different school. If I transfer to UConn, will I automatically be accepted to the Honors Program?

No. You must reapply to the Honors Program after you are accepted to the University as an undergraduate.


If I am not admitted to Honors as a first-year student, what are my options for admission?

Current first-year and second-year UConn students are able to apply to the Honors Program. Admission is based on various factors, including available space. Be sure you adhere to all requirements based on your academic year as well as all deadlines.


What is Open House?

Open House is a great way to learn about the University as you begin to consider where you will go to college. Honors staff explain the benefits of the program in greater detail and answer your questions regarding admission. You will also have a chance to meet current students and explore the campus in person. Students and their families are encouraged to attend.


How do I sign up for a campus tour?

Book a guided tour by contacting the Lodewick Visitors Center.


How do I sign up for an Honors Husky-for-a-Day visit?

Please go to the Husky-for-a-Day section of the Admissions website to request a visit. The Husky Ambassadors can be contacted to answer questions via email at hap@uconn.edu or 860-486-1601.


If you don’t see the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us.