How to Apply

The Honors College application is closed.

Application Deadlines & Notifications

  Deadline Decision Notification
Priority Decision
Your application is guaranteed a full review and decision.
Dec. 1, 2022 Feburary 2023
As Space Available Decision
Your application may be reviewed should space still be available in the program.
Mar. 1, 2023 April 2023 (Rolling)

Program Applications

  • Applicants are automatically sorted by the major for consideration in three programs.
  • Applicants not accepted to AAHP or BHP may be considered for UHP admission.
  • Please Note: Students may only be a member in one of these honors programs.

Required Application Materials

Prepare the following materials to apply to the Honors College:

1. List of Activites

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. Original Essay

Your Honors College application essay helps us get to know you personally and intellectually. Please address the following prompt in 500 words or less: 

You are applying to an honors and/or merit scholar program. Taking a step back, offer some original reflections on what the word honor or merit means to you. Discuss what you feel honor or merit commonly means in the world, what honor or merit could (or should) mean, and what actions could be considered honorable or meritorious.

The best essays will be:

  • Polished writing that demonstrates authenticity, creativity, and analytical reflection
  • Gives the review committee a clear sense of the unique intellectual and creative contributions you are poised to make to the Charlotte community 

Please Note: Applications with essays longer than 500 words will not be considered.

3. Two Academic Letters of Recommendation

Who to Ask

An academic reference is defined as a current or former teacher or professor who was your instructor for at least one academic course. 

Who Not to Ask

Family members, friends, coaches, current/former employers or co-workers, leaders of a faith-based or community organization, or similar connections should not be used as academic references.

What Recommenders Should Highlight

Recommenders should speak on your academic achievements, level of motivation, work ethic, and potential for continued success in higher education. Recommenders who are able to provide information about your character, personality, and/or leadership skills are beneficial.

When to Ask Recommenders

Select and approach your recommenders early. Writing detailed letters can be a time-consuming process, and you should seek to provide enough time for recommenders to complete the letter.

How Do Recommenders Submit Their Letter

  • Recommenders receive an email and must upload their letters to the application portal by the Priority Decision deadline, Dec. 1. 
  • Applications with incomplete recommendation letters on Dec. 1 will roll over to the As Space Available pool.