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Transfer or Existing USU Student Application

The University Honors Program is designed for for motivated, ambitious students. The program values diversity and seeks students who bring a wide variety of perspectives, experiences, and skills to the honors community.

Existing USU students and transfer students are invited to apply for admission at one of three DEADLINESOctober 15 (begin Spring), March 15 (begin Summer/Fall), or June 15 (begin Fall). 

All applicants must have time remaining to fulfill honors requirements (typically four terms). Please make an appointment with honors advising for more information about your personal eligibility. 

All applications must include: (1) a completed basic information form, including the name and email address of a professor in your major or research area who will serve as a reference, (2) an unofficial college/USU transcript, (3) a detailed extracurricular resume focused on work relevant to the USU Honors Program and following the format of our Sample Activity Resume, and (4) a personal statement that responds specifically to the prompt below.

Step 1: Basic Information and References

  • Complete the basic information form at the bottom left of this page, including the name and email address of a professor in your major or research area who has agreed to serve as a reference.

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  • Provide an unofficial college transcript.
You may also submit with your transcript a brief (200–250 word) paragraph putting your course choices and grades in context. Some transcripts speak for themselves; if yours does not, please feel free to speak briefly on its behalf.


  • Submit a brief (1–2 page) extracurricular resume. All resumes should follow the format of the Sample Activity Resume.

Your resume should demonstrate your potential as a curious, engaged honors student at USU. Please list any relevant honors classes and non-classroom academic experiences (service projects, internships, undergraduate research work, grant applications, study abroad) completed during college. This information will be used to assign honors points that count toward completion of the program. Please include a brief description of each activity and its end product (written summary, presentation, paper, etc.), the school year (first, second, third) during which you completed the activity, and the total number of hours required to complete non-class activities. 

Personal Statement

  • Write a 500-word personal essay that responds specifically to the prompt below. 
This essay is perhaps the most crucial part of your honors application. The program is very selective and seeks students with a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and skills -- students with the potential to change the world, both on campus and beyond. Make sure that your essay displays your academic passion, interdisciplinary curiosity, unique perspective, and future goals. The admissions committee will assess these qualities and your potential to contribute to the honors community on campus as you respond to this prompt:

The University Honors Program seeks a diverse group of students with academic passion and the ability to share ideas across disciplines. For this essay, imagine yourself in the USU Honors Program. Think of a research or creative project related to your major that you would really like to pursue on campus and write an essay that defines what your academic passions are and describes 1) how the project allows you to follow them, 2) who at USU might help you to explore those passions in new and interesting ways, and 3) why your project would make the University Honors Program a more exciting place to be—think about how your project might capture the imaginations even of professors and students with very different interests from your own. Please refer to specific details from your personal background and/or activity resume to explain your academic passions and your ability to bring those passions to life in the honors community at USU.

Please note that applications will only be processed if students submit all documents
and complete all four steps of the application, as outlined above.

NOTE: Students interested in completing Honors with a Business major may also be interested in applying to the Huntsman Scholars Program. Admission to the Huntsman, Quinney, or Caine Scholars programs does not guarantee admission to the 
University Honors Program; all interested students must apply directly to Honors. 

Transfer or Existing USU Student Application

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