Incoming Students to the College of Letters & Science

How To Apply:

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.

Students will receive an invitation message by e-mail that includes the URL to our online application (you can also go directly to when the application opens, typically in early January). You should not complete the L&S Honors Program application unless you have already been admitted to the College of Letters & Science. If you have questions, help is an email away at Students who do not have email and/or internet access can contact our office by phone (608-262-2984) to request a hard copy application. Applicants can choose one of three spring deadlines, with admission decisions provided at the following intervals:

Apply by February 10, receive Honors admission decision by March 15

Apply by March 15, receive Honors admission decision by May 1

Apply by May 15, receive Honors admission decision by June 24 (final deadline for incoming student admission)

Only applications received on or before the May 15 deadline will be considered. We encourage students to apply early, as the class may approach capacity before the May 15 deadline.

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 Honors in the Major at a later date.

Who Should Apply:

The Honors Program seeks students who desire to be active learners and want to expand their leadership and service capacities beyond the classroom. Honors at the university level is not about “being” an Honors student or enhancing your resume. Rather, Honors 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. These goals include:

  • Developing broad and in-depth knowledge of human behavior, human cultures, and the physical and natural world we live in through the study of sciences and mathematics, social sciences and humanities
  • Building a robust set of intellectual and practical skills in inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy, and teamwork and problem solving
  • Increasing personal and social responsibility by expanding civic knowledge and engagement, developing greater intercultural knowledge and competence, and expanding capacity for ethical reasoning and action
  • Achieving a high level of integrative learning, a synthesis of knowledge and understanding across areas of both generalized and specialized study that can be applied in new ways to address real-world problems and issues


Honors staff members are an email away, and happy to answer any questions at If you do not have internet access, please call (608) 262-2984.