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The 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 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 2022, who wish to apply for sophomore admissions into the Honors College must have: a GPA of 3.6 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 -3.59, or who have a 3.6+ but have not met all LASP requirements, may still apply but are not assured admission.

Starting fall 2022, these policies stay in place but students in LASP are held to a 3.7 GPA for assured admission into the Honors College.

Learn more about the Honors College sophomore curriculum and application process here:

Consider the Honors College: Community, Coursework, and Capstone Project

Apply to the Honors College: Process, Materials, Timeline

Application Deadline For Spring 2022:

Online applications will be accepted between March 14th and April 15th. An application is complete only when all components have been submitted:

  • Application form
  • Please write a short essay (500 words max) answering this question: The Honors College website outlines the distinguishing features of the UVM Honors College.  Among them are small, often interdisciplinary classes, a vibrant residential learning community, advising and academic support, opportunities and support for undergraduate research during both the academic year and the summer, and of course the Honors College curriculum, the capstone of which is the senior thesis project.  In an essay of not more than 500 words, please reflect on the value to you of the senior thesis project.  While you may not yet have specific ideas about what your thesis might be about, we’re nonetheless interested in learning what you personally see as the benefit of such a capstone project more generally. (If you do have some ideas about where your academic interests might take you, feel free to mention them, but keep the focus on the issue of what the value of such a project would be for you personally.)
  • Letter of recommendation from a UVM faculty member

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all components have been received by the Honors College. (Please note that students will not need to submit their transcripts; the Honors College will access each applicant's academic transcript as a part of its admissions considerations.)  Late applications will not be considered. Students will be informed of admission decisions in early June, after spring grades have been posted. Notification will be sent to the student's UVM email address.

To apply for sophomore admission to the Honors College, please go to the Registrar's Office.

  • Log in with your ID and PIN between March 14th and April 15th and select Honors College Application.
  • Enter the name and department of your faculty recommender.
  • Insert your answer to the essay question (feel free to cut & paste from Microsoft Word).
  • Click the submit button.
Honors College Twilight Induction 2017

Virtual Honors College Sophomore Admission Information Session:

Tuesday, March 15th, from 6 PM to 7 PM on Microsoft Teams: Join here

Sophomore Admission Application Deadline

  • April 15, 2022

Application Materials

For more information

Consider the Honors College: Community, curriculum, capstone project

Apply to the Honors College: Process, materials, timeline

Information for faculty letter of recommendation writers