How to Apply

Honors College Application Deadlines and Notifications 

The application cycle for entering the Honors College in Fall 2022 has closed.  We will begin accepting applications for next year (fall 2023) in October/November of 2022.


The Honors College application is made available to qualified students through the NinerScholars Portal. To learn more about the scholarship application process, students may visit the University Scholarship Office website

To apply to the Honors College, new first-year and transfer students must be accepted to UNC Charlotte and activate their NinerNET account before they can access their NinerScholars Portal. 

  • Currently enrolled students may login to NinerScholars using their NinerNET username and password. 

  • New first-year and transfer students who have not activated their NinerNET account, should locate their NinerNET username in the top right corner of their admission acceptance letter and click here

  • If you have already activated your NinerNET account, but forgot your NinerNET username or password, request it here.

Applicants will be automatically sorted by their major for consideration in the Arts + Architecture Honors Program (AAHP), the Business Honors Program (BHP), or the University Honors Program (UHP). Those applicants who are not accepted to AAHP or BHP might then be considered for admission to UHP. Students may be a member in only one of these honors programs.

Applicants should try to meet the Priority Decision deadline of December 15, 2021, in order to receive a decision by the beginning of March. Those who miss the Priority Decision deadline should apply to the Honors College by the final deadline of April 1, 2022 (if you apply for admission to the University by February 1).  This second consideration pool opens in NinerScholars on December 18, 2021. 

You will need to have the following materials prepared in order to apply:

1. List of activities

Please list and briefly describe (no more than two sentences each) your significant extracurricular, community service, summer enrichment, research, and employment activities in their order of importance to you. In each description, please include the appropriate grade level(s) for each listing, as well as the approximate time commitment. The list should also include any honors, awards, accomplishments, and leadership positions you have received or held during high school. Please include your full name at the top of your activities list.

2. An original essay

Given the limited amount of time between being accepted to the University and the Priority Decision deadline for applying to the Honors College, we are providing the essay prompt here, so you have time to thoughtfully prepare your response.

Innovation often occurs in the space created by the destruction of commonly held beliefs, products or processes. For instance, in the business community, the invention of new products and services can force products once ubiquitous to become obsolete. Similarly, academic research advances by discarding or drastically re-imagining previously held knowledge and theory through systematic investigation, sometimes enabled by new technologies. Name one important innovation or paradigm shift that interests you, explain it, and tell us why it matters to you.

The purpose of this essay is to help us get to know you as a person and understand how you think. You should submit polished writing that demonstrates authenticity, creativity, and analytical reflection. The best essay will give the review committee a clear sense of the unique intellectual and creative contributions you are poised to make to the UNC Charlotte community. Please make sure to specifically address the prompt provided in no more than 500 words, or your application will not be considered.

3. Two academic letters of recommendation

An academic reference is defined as a current or former teacher, or professor, who was your instructor for at least one academic course. Family members, friends, current/former employers or co-workers, and leaders of a faith-based or community organization should not be used as academic references.

Choose teachers who can speak about your academic achievements, your level of motivation and work ethic in their class, and your potential for continued success in higher education. Selecting someone who can also provide information about your character, personality, and/or leadership skills would be beneficial.

We suggest that you select and approach your recommenders now. Teachers have busy schedules and writing detailed letters of recommendation is a time-consuming process. 

Your recommenders will receive an email and must upload their letters to the NinerScholars Portal by the application deadline of December 15th (priority decision) or your entire application will roll over into the "As Space Available" pool.


  • Applications complete by the Priority deadline will receive a decision by early March

  • Applications in the second pool will receive a decision on a rolling basis, beginning in April