Transfer students who have completed a minimum of two semesters of full time undergraduate study and have a minimum grade point average of 3.40 from their former institution are eligible to apply for admission to UVM's selective Honors College on a space-available basis. Transfer students are entering the UVM Honors College in their sophomore year, and need to take HCOL185 and HCOL186.

Transfer students interested in becoming members of the Honors College must apply both to the University of Vermont and to the UVM Honors College (the Honors College invitation process for transfer students is separate from the UVM admission process). Students may work on both applications concurrently, but no action will be taken on the Honors College application until the student is admitted to the University.

The Honors College has two priority application deadlines for transfer students:

  • January 2nd for spring semester admission
  • June 1st for fall semester admission

Students interested in applying for transfer admission to the Honors College must ensure that the following materials have been sent to by 4 p.m. the day of the deadline:

  • One sheet with the student's contact information (name, address, phone, email), and a short essay addressing the following: 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, and opportunities and support for undergraduate research during both the academic year and the summer. The capstone of the Honors College curriculum is the senior thesis project.  In an essay of not more than 500 words, please reflect on the value to you of the 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.)
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member (this letter is generally in addition to the one submitted for UVM admission; see tips on writing Honors College letters of recommendation)
  • A copy of the student's first year transcript, with all final grades posted.

Assuming admission to UVM and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.40 from the student's previous institution, an admissions decision to the Honors College will be rendered upon receipt of the above materials.

If accepted into the Honors College, students complete a rigorous 13-16-credit curriculum that complements and enhances their undergraduate degree with multidisciplinary seminars, research and scholarly work in their field, and a capstone Honors thesis. Students who successfully complete their Honors College requirements graduate as Honors College Scholars. This distinction is noted on a student’s diploma and final transcript.

Honors students also receive the following benefits:

  • An assigned Honors College advisor, whom can help with academic and co-curricular planning throughout their undergraduate career.
  • Priority registration, and the ability to register for classes first in their class.
  • Honors funding opportunities for research and internships.
  • The option to live in Honors housing (on a space available basis).
  • Students who successfully complete their Honors College requirements graduate as Honors College Scholars. This distinction is noted on a student’s diploma and final transcript.

Transfer students: Please complete this questionnaire and a staff member from the Honors College will be in touch with you soon.

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Honors College Transfer Priority Admission Application Deadlines

January 2nd (for spring semester admission)
June 1st (for fall semester admission)

All application materials must be e-mailed to by 4 p.m. the day of the deadline.