How to Apply

Honors College Application Deadlines and Notifications 

The Honors College application for Fall 2023 entry is open.
Priority Decision Deadline: December 1, 2022 (apply to the University by November 1, 2022)
As Space Available Deadline: March 1, 2023 (apply to the University by February 1, 2023)

Students applying to UNC Charlotte
(including transfer students):

Current UNC Charlotte students:
  1. When completing your UNC Charlotte application for admission, be sure to check the box indicating interest in the Honors College. Within 48 hours of submitting your application, provided you meet eligibility requirements, you will receive an email detailing how to apply to the Honors College. This email will be sent to the address supplied on your application for admission.
  2. If you have completed your UNC Charlotte application for admission, but have not received an email containing the Honors College application link, CLICK HERE.
For access to the Honors College application, please CLICK HERE.


Priority Decision: Your application is guaranteed a full review and decision is rendered by February (best opportunity for acceptance). 

As Space Available Decision: Your application may be reviewed if there is still space available in the program. Notifications for this group begin in April and continue on a rolling basis if space is available.

Decision dates noted above.

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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.


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
We are providing the essay prompt here, so you have time to thoughtfully prepare your response.

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 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, coaches, current/former employers or co-workers, leaders of a faith-based or community organization, etc. 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 application portal by the December 1st deadline (priority decision), or your entire application will roll over into the As Space Available group.


  • Applications completed by the Priority Decision deadline will receive a decision in February

  • Applications in the As Space Available group will receive a decision on a rolling basis, beginning in April