First-Year Student Application
PRIORITY DEADLINE: January 15 (notification by March 15)
The University Honors Program values diversity and seeks students who bring a wide variety of perspectives, experiences, and skills to our incoming class.
Please see below for first-year student application requirements. (NOTE: Current USU or transfer students with at least one semester's college grades complete a different application, available here.)
Interested and qualified students must apply for admission to the University Honors Program. All applications must include: (1) a completed basic information form, (2) an unofficial high school transcript, (3) a brief activity resume formatted as indicated, and (4) an essay that responds specifically to the prompt below.
Step 1: Basic Information
Step 2: Transcript
- Upload a file of your unofficial high school transcript.
The University Honors Program is looking for students who have challenged themselves academically, given the resources available to them. Some transcripts speak for themselves; if yours does not, please feel free to speak briefly on its behalf. The admissions committee will evaluate the rigor of your course schedule. If your high school does not offer advanced placement or concurrent enrollment courses (or offers few of them), please submit with your transcript a brief (200–250 word) paragraph that explains your school's offerings and your choices within those limits and/or any necessary explanation of grades.
Step 3: Resume
A strong resume will demonstrate your potential as a curious, engaged honors student at USU. Please list relevant extracurricular, volunteer, and work experience completed during high school, including a brief description of each activity and the school years (9, 10, 11, 12) of participation. Work experience is not evidence of extracurricular engagement, but it can indicate time constraints that limited what a student could do outside of coursework in high school.
Step 4: Essay
- Upload an essay of no more than 500-words that responds specifically to the prompt below.
The essay is perhaps the most crucial part of your honors application. The program is very selective and is seeking a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and skills in our incoming class. The admissions committee is looking for evidence of both intellectual passion and commitment to making the Honors Program a more vibrant community. Please show us your potential in an essay responding directly and clearly to this prompt:
The USU Honors Program is looking for a diverse group of students with academic passion and the ability to share ideas across disciplines. Write an essay (500-word maximum) that describes thoughtfully and in detail one moment during high school (i.e. not an entire class or ongoing activity) when you became very excited about a specific idea, assignment, or activity connected with a class. How and why did this particular moment spark your interest? How do you plan to pursue and develop that intellectual passion in the University Honors Program, and how might you share that passion with students both in and outside of your future major?
Please note that applications will only be processed if students submit all documents
and complete all four steps of the application, as outlined above. All submitted documents should include student's first and last name in file name.
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.