In the University Honors Program, students explore real-world issues across a range of disciplines, equipping students to join the next generation of changemakers. The University Honors Program (UHP) provides students an enriched opportunity within each of the U of M freshman colleges, creating a program of shared passions, creative collaboration, and intellectual and cultural diversity.
Students whose admission applications are complete by the Early Action Deadline (November 1), Early Action II (December 1), or the Regular Deadline (January 1) will receive full consideration for the University Honors Program. Students who apply after these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis. Students admitted into the University Honors Program will be notified by March 31.
What are the benefits of the University Honors Program?
Honors Seminars and Courses
Honors Seminars—available only to UHP students—offer small class sizes, close interaction with faculty, and an engaging learning atmosphere. Honors courses emphasize active learning and are a great place to get to know world-class faculty and other UHP students.
Honors residential community
Honors housing is an opportunity for UHP students to live and learn together. Located in Middlebrook Hall, this community allows students to form lifelong friendships outside the classroom, in addition to participating in special events and activities including forums with prominent guest speakers, lunch or dinner with professors, and just-for-fun activities.
Graduation with Latin Honors
Summa cum laude—Latin for "with great honor"—is the foremost academic distinction awarded to university students. Honors graduates have the opportunity to proudly claim those Latin words on their graduation diplomas. Professional programs, graduate schools, and prospective employers recognize that these students have made the most of their opportunities to learn, discover, and innovate.
One-on-one honors advising
From freshman orientation through graduation, UHP students benefit from ongoing contact with professional Honors Advisors and faculty. These dedicated advisors help students set academic goals, plan for the future, and chart their course to best take advantage of all that the U of M has to offer.
NEXUS Experiences meet outside the classroom and bring together small groups of students and faculty from across all U of M colleges. Students engage and explore open-ended programming created specifically to introduce students to various fields of research, scholarship and creative activity.
Our faculty and students are searching for ways to make this world more peaceful, productive, healthy, and just. An interdisciplinary approach to solving problems is at the heart of the University Honors Program. UHP students are challenged to think in new and innovative ways to discover answers to the big questions of our time.
University Honors Program Review And Selection Process
There is no separate application for the University Honors Program. Admitted freshmen are automatically considered for admission to UHP based on individual assessments of their admission applications. Admission to the University Honors Program is highly competitive, and is offered to the overall most competitive applicants from each freshman-admitting college.
Each admission application is carefully reviewed and admission is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's academic and context factors. A complete list of these factors is included below.
Academic Profile of University Honors Program Admits By College
This table provides a general overview of the high school rank percentile and standardized test scores of freshmen admitted to the University Honors Program for Fall 2022. Please note the data presented in the table are a composite picture of freshmen admitted to the University Honors Program; they are not admission criteria.
|Average ACT Composite*||Average SAT Total*||Average High School Rank Percentile||Average Grade Point Average|
|College of Biological Sciences||32 - 34||1480 - 1550||97 - 99||3.99 - 4.07|
|College of Design||29 - 33||1330 - 1500||96 - 99||3.97 - 4.09|
|College of Education & Human Development||29 - 32||1410 - 1500||94 - 99||3.99 - 4.06|
|College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences||29 - 33||1380 - 1520||97 - 99||3.97 - 4.09|
|College of Liberal Arts||30 - 33||1400 - 1470||95 - 99||3.95 - 4.00|
|Carlson School of Management||30 - 34||1420 - 1530||97 - 99||3.99 - 4.04|
|College of Science and Engineering||33 - 35||1480 - 1560||98 - 99||4.00 - 4.09|
|School of Nursing||30 - 33||1400 - 1470||96 - 99||3.94 - 4.02|
*Please note: the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will not be requiring an ACT or SAT score for admissions through the Fall 2025 term. Learn more about our ACT/SAT policies.