Incoming L&S Student Admissions

Welcome

Are you a recently admitted student who plans to pursue a major within the College of Letters & Science (L&S)? Wonderful! All students admitted to L&S are invited to apply for admission to the Honors Program to pursue the Honors in the Liberal Arts degree track.

Please note that entry into the L&S Honors Program as a first-semester, first-year student is not your only opportunity to apply for admission to the Honors Program — it is just the first opportunity. We offer rolling admissions for continuing students. Students can also consider pursuing the Honors in the Major track at a later date.

Is Honors in the Liberal Arts for YOU?

Incoming students can apply for admission to the Honors in the Liberal Arts program the moment they receive admission to L&S!

The Honors Program seeks candidates for Honors in the Liberal Arts who desire to be active learners, hope to pursue Honors course work in all breadth areas, and want to expand their leadership and service capacities beyond the classroom. Honors in the Liberal Arts is about going beyond what a “typical” student does by challenging yourself to obtain the best possible education you can during your undergraduate career — one centered on the goals of a liberal arts education.

If you are interested, please consider reviewing the information about this degree track on our Honors Overview page.

The Application Process

All students admitted to the College of Letters and Science will be invited to apply to be considered for admission to the Honors Program to pursue the Honors in the Liberal Arts degree track.

How do I apply to Honors in the Liberal Arts?

  • Students will receive an invitation message by e-mail that includes the URL to our online application.
  • After you are admitted to L&S, you may use the free, online application in the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH)
    • Log into MyUW and open the WiSH app
    • Complete the general application, if you have not done so already
    • Click “Other Recommended Opportunities”
    • Find the “Letters & Science Honors Program Honors in the Liberal Arts application”

*Please note, you should not complete the L&S Honors Program application unless you have already been admitted to the College of Letters & Science.

The application consists of:

  • Two short answer essay questions (a preview of these questions is available below)
  • Information about your high school activities and community involvement

Deadlines for the 2022-23 academic year (11:59 PM Central Time):

  • February 21 (Previously February 13): Students who apply by this date will receive an Honors decision by mid-March.
  • March 13: Students who apply by this date will receive an Honors decision by mid-April.
  • April 18: Students who apply by this date will receive an Honors decision by June 1.
  • Applications received between April 19 and May 9 will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • Applications received after May 9 will not be considered for fall admission.

We recommend that you apply as soon as possible since space is limited.  Please note that admission to the Honors Program is not connected to a monetary award.

Application Essay Portion Preview

Instructions: Before applying to Honors in the Liberal Arts, please visit our website to learn more about our program. Once there, select “Honors Overview” from the “Admissions” tab and specifically review the Letters & Science (L&S) Honors Program Opportunities. Please also note that the Honors in the Liberal Arts track requires students to take classes in multiple departments and disciplines (breadth areas). This means students will have experiences with Honors coursework beyond a single major or interest area. Once you have reviewed the information available and have evaluated your interest in the Honors in the Liberal Arts track within the Honors Program, please respond to the prompts below. Note: Word counts are suggestions.

Question 1: There are many ways to be engaged and involved as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Why are you interested in pursuing Honors in the Liberal Arts? (100-200 words)

Question 2: Consider the course offerings at your current high school (or your most recent high school if you have already graduated). Name and describe two courses that your high school did not offer but that you wish you could have taken, or that your school did offer that you were unable to take. For each course, please explain why its topic would be meaningful to you. Also explain how each course connects to interests that you hope to pursue in college (e.g., academics, activities, volunteering, work, research, internships, study abroad, etc.). Feel free to be creative about your ideas for possible courses. (400-500 words)

Recent Honors Graduates

Anusha Naik

Credentials: B.S. with Honors in the Liberal Arts | Majors: Anthropology, Molecular Biology | Certificate: African Studies

The L&S Honors program pushed me to appreciate breadth in my education. As a member of this program, I took courses on obscure topics and gained unique perspectives on the world surrounding me.

Prachi Raina

Credentials: B.S. with Honors in the Liberal Arts | Major: Economics | Certificate: Business

I actually met my college best friend through the Honors Program! She and I were sitting at SOAR together trying to figure out classes for freshman year and I remember we were so nervous and excited about what was to come. Little did I know she would be my best friend all through college! The Honors Program brought me people that are willing to go the extra mile with me while having a blast along the way 🙂 Thanks L&S Honors for all the advising, ice cream socials, and friends!!

Christopher Murphy

Credentials: B.S. with Honors in the Liberal Arts | Majors: Biochemistry, History

My Honors experience has offered me a deeper and more comprehensive education and experience. It has not only allowed me to research topics that I would not have otherwise been able to study and to better get to know professors but also introduce me to other driven undergraduates. The Honors College, in total, has provided me richer and more intimate experience at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Questions?

Many of your questions may be answered with our Admissions FAQ page. If not, Honors staff members are an email away, and happy to answer any questions at honors@honors.ls.wisc.edu.