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.
Freshman Honors Program
Please note that as of Summer 2016, we will be separating into a Freshman Honors Program and a University Honors Program for upper-division students. Both programs will still be coordinated by the same office.
Students who successfully complete the new Freshman Honors Program will automatically move into the University Honors Program for sophomore-senior year.
Freshman Honors Admissions Process / Timeline
The Freshman Honors Program admissions process for incoming students takes place after a student has been admitted to the University of Florida. In 2016, the UF Office of Admissions will release their decisions on February 12. Students interested in applying for the Freshman Honors Program may begin applying after noon on Monday, February 15.
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.
Students will be notified of acceptance into the Freshman 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.
Who Should Apply
Any incoming freshman who has been accepted into the University of Florida may apply for the Freshman Honors Program (exception: PaCE/UFOnline). There is no longer an invitation vs. petition process for Honors admission. There is one application that is open to all students.
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 2015 incoming class, we accepted 51% of all applicants (1300/2550). You can learn more about our 2015 class, as well as the factors we consider during our admissions review here
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. Fall 2015 will be the last time we offer the lateral admissions process in its current form. We will have a new process in place for Fall 2016.
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.