University of Vermont

The Honors College

First-Year Admission

Each year, a number of outstanding applicants to the university are invited to enroll in the Honors College for fall matriculation. The Honors College works with the Office of Admissions to review the academic records of the University's entering class each year and invites top performers to enroll. There is no separate application to apply to the Honors College. Invitations to join the Honors College are sent after offers of admission to UVM. The Honors College sends invitations to selected early applicants from November onwards and concludes with a final round of invitations in mid-March. Early applicants who do not receive an invitation soon after gaining admission to UVM may receive one as late as mid-March.

Invitation to the Honors College is based on high school academic performance and seeks to create a diverse learning community. The college selects students from a variety of academic areas, from the humanities and sciences to environmental studies and education, from nursing and social work to business, in order to enhance this intentionally diverse community of scholars.

Students invited to join the Honors College are invited to Admitted Student Visit HC receptions. Honors College ASV Receptions.


Do first year students apply to be in the Honors College? What are the criteria to be in the Honors College?

There is no application required for first-year admission; invitation is based on high school academic performance. Seeking to create a diverse learning community, we consider many factors in order to build a balanced and diverse class. The final criteria used will depend on the profile of the incoming class as a whole.

When will I know if I've been invited to the Honors College?

We make selected invitations to early applicants through the late fall and very early spring and then conclude with a final round of invitations in mid-March. In other words, a student admitted to UVM may receive an invitation to the Honors College soon after their receiving their admission letter to UVM, or as late as mid-March.

How many students are invited to the Honors College?

We are targeting an incoming HC class of about 200 students, from UVM's incoming class of over 2,400, so this is a very selective process. Due to our small incoming class size, many very highly qualified UVM students will not receive an invitation to the join the Honors College. It's important to know that there is a second opportunity to join; students at UVM who complete their first year of study with a 3.4 or better cumulative GPA can apply for sophomore admission. Many of our most successful Honors College Scholars are students who joined the Honors College as sophomores.

Are Honors College students required to live in the Honors College residence hall--University Heights North (UHN)?

Honors College students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to live in UHN.

What are the benefits to living in UHN?

This beautiful residence hall provides housing for Honors College students in a wide variety of spacious rooms in suite options, as well as single rooms. In addition, the complex has two classrooms, many study lounges, and a multipurpose room for meetings, lectures, and dinners. Faculty-in-residence play in important role in the HCOL community, leading book and film discussions and serving as advisors to groups of students. Because the HCOL classrooms and administrative offices are also located in UHN, students have easy access to advising and support from the staff and faculty.

I've been invited to join the Honors College, but am unsure if I should accept this invitation. What should I consider when making my decision?

This is a great question--we're glad that you asked! If you value the following aspects of undergraduate education, the UVM Honors College is a good fit for you:

  • being part of an engaged and active community of learners
  • taking courses that encourage you to broaden your intellectual horizons and engage in stimulating debate, writing, research, and reflection
  • engaging in undergraduate research, not just in your senior year, but as early as in your first year of study
  • taking advantage of specialized advising for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships
  • using the benefit of priority registration to actively and purposefully create an academic program that will challenge you and provide strong abilities that translate to success in graduate school and professional schools, as well as in the global marketplace
  • preparing for your future by graduating as an Honors College Scholar (the designation earned upon completion Honors College requirements, as noted on the UVM diploma and transcript)

This all sounds great! How can I find out more?

  • Attend one of the upcoming Honors College receptions for students who have been invited to the Honors College on any of the Admitted Student Visit Days.
  • Send an email with any specific questions to
  • Call the Honors College at 802-656-9100.
  • Like us/message us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
  • Contact any of the Honors College Peer Leaders below
  • Allison Giroux

    Allison Giroux

    Hi! My name is Allison Giroux and I am a sophomore in the Honors College. I am a neuroscience major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and I am also pre-med. My hometown is Hinesburg, VT, which is about a 20-minute drive from campus, so I know the area really well! I am a member of a co-ed service fraternity on campus called Alpha Phi Omega, and I am also a big UVM basketball fan. Some of my favorite things to do when I'm not studying include downhill skiing, waterskiing, watching movies with friends, and laughing (a lot)! I look forward to meeting all of you! If you have any questions, want to introduce yourself, or just want to say hi, feel free to send me an email at

    Newt Rose

    Newt Rose

    My name is Newt Rose and I'm a native Vermonter from the town of Ludlow. I'm a sophomore here at UVM and am majoring in History. I enjoy all four seasons of New England especially through hiking, canoeing, and kayaking and I look forward to doing all of these activities this summer. What better place than Vermont for doing these things? I had an awesome time this past year and can't wait to come back to Burlington. If you have any questions or just want to say hey, feel free to contact me at Nrose@uvm.eduor find me on Facebook. See you soon!

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