Thank you for your interest in joining the University of Florida Honors Program and our Community of Scholars! Before you begin the application process, we invite you to review our philosophy and frequently asked questions to ensure that our program truly matches your interests.
The Honors Program admissions process for incoming students takes place after a student has been admitted to the University of Florida. In 2015, the UF Office of Admissions will release their decisions on February 13. Students interested in applying for the Honors Program may begin applying after noon on Monday, February 16.
The application will close at exactly 11:59pm EST on March 1. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason, including for technical difficulties.
There are two application paths for incoming first-year students:
- Invitation - Students who meet certain criteria are invited to apply to the Honors Program. These students will use our regular application for admission. This application consists of two essay questions, as well as information about your high school involvement.
- Petition - Students who do not meet the criteria for invitation may still apply through our petition process which consists of an additional essay. Students whose petition essays are scored highly will have their full application considered with the rest of the applicant pool on an equal footing (the review process is blind; that is, readers have no knowledge if the application came via invitation or petition).
When students log into the Honors application, they will be taken to the regular application or the petition application automatically, based on the criteria as sent to us from the Office of Admissions.
We have provided several tips
to help you with your application. You will note that our essays in particular are a little bit...different. We are looking for students who can think critically and creatively, and our essays are designed to provoke such thinking. Do not underestimate them, as they carry a great deal of weight in our review process. For the 2014 incoming class, we accepted 60% of all applicants (1300/2200).
Students will be notified of acceptance into the Honors Program on April 1
after 6:00pm via their UF email account
. Please note that we cannot release acceptance information via non-UF email accounts or over the phone. The postmark deadline for accepted students to confirm participation in the program is May 1,
or students will forfeit their spot (confirmation is separate from the UF confirmation / tuition deposit). We do not maintain waiting lists for admission.
Visit this link
for a printable one-page overview of the UF Honors Program and our Admissions process.
The Honors Program application is now closed. If you are interested in applying for Honors, the next opportunity for joining is during the Fall 2015 semester. Please visit the lateral admission page for more information.
For current students in their first semester at UF, we have a lateral admission process. Students who have missed the regular application or confirmation deadline or are not accepted during the regular admissions process should apply to the Honors Program through lateral admission.
All questions about Honors Admissions should be directed to Dr. Melissa Johnson, Associate Director of Honors and Admissions Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org . Due to the high volume of emails we receive, we do not recommend sending emails about Admissions via the Contact Us form on our website. You will receive a much quicker response by emailing Dr. Johnson directly or by referencing our social media accounts on Twitter or Facebook.