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The Patrick Leahy Honors College is a home for UVM undergraduates who seek to dive deeper into their intellectual areas of passion. Any current first year UVM student who anticipates having a GPA of 3.40 or higher at the end of two semesters of undergraduate study is encouraged to consider applying for sophomore admission to the Patrick Leahy Honors College. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.40 at the end of the spring semester of their first year in order to be eligible for sophomore admission, and that spring semester must be the student's second full semester of full-time undergraduate study.

Note: Students completing the  Liberal Arts Scholars Program (LASP) at the close of spring 2024, who wish to apply for sophomore admissions into the Patrick Leahy Honors College must have: a GPA of 3.7 or above, meet all LASP requirements AND provide the same sophomore application materials as listed below, indicating in the application form that they are in LASP, in order to be assured admission. Students in LASP who have a GPA of 3.4 -3.69, or who have a 3.7+ but have not met all LASP requirements, may still apply but are not assured admission.


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Application Deadline For Fall 2024:

Online applications will be accepted between March 15th and May 10th, 2024. An application is complete only when all components have been submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
The Patrick Leahy Honors College aims to build a vibrant community that embeds the liberal arts in a culture of research and scholarly inquiry. We cultivate a community centered in inclusive values, we empower students through experiential learning, and we nurture our students’ potential to grow into courageous thinkers and compassionate leaders. 
In three brief essay answers, please address the following (250-word max for each response): 
1. Identify a current social or ecological problem and explain why it is important to you. 
2. Discuss how this concern informs your chosen field of study and the opportunities you might like to pursue in the Patrick Leahy Honors College. 
3. Explain why an understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are crucial for efforts to engage with this issue.
In addition to scholarship and research, PLHC values civic engagement, service, community, and DEI. Please answer the following short answer questions (250 words max):
1. What do you expect to gain from being a member of PLHC? 
2. What do you expect to contribute to the PLHC community?
3. Please provide one example of how your experiences, personal values, or academic goals have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion while at UVM. 
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all components have been received by the Patrick Leahy Honors College. Please note, current UVM students do not need to submit transcripts. Late applications will not be considered. Students will be informed of admission decisions by early June. Notification will be sent to the student's UVM email address.
Click here to apply for sophomore admission to the Patrick Leahy Honors College. Login with your UVM netID and select the PLHC Application. Once you’ve completed the application and entered your answers, submit the application. 
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Sophomore Application Process specifically for LASP Students only:

Wednesday, February 28th at 6 pm at Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center

PLHC Sophomore Admission Open House:

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 from 5-6pm, via MS Team Click here to join the meeting

Sophomore Admission Application Deadline

  • May 10th, 2024

Application Materials