Admission to the University Honors Program

Students are considered for participation in the University Honors Program when they are reviewed for admission to UNH, and successful candidates will be invited to join the Program at the time they are admitted to the university. No separate application is required. Admission to the University Honors Program is both holistic and highly competitive. The Admissions Office, in consultation with the University Honors Program, carefully evaluates all portions of the application: strength of high school coursework, high school grades, class rank, standardized test scores, recommendations and the essay/personal statement. We look also at a demonstrated willingness to take on challenges and opportunities for leadership. Typically, students admitted to the University Honors Program will rank in the top 10% of their class (or equivalent) with combined SAT I scores (Critical Reading, Math & Writing) of 1970 or higher, or an ACT score of 29 or higher, and will have excelled in all areas of their secondary school's most challenging academic curriculum.

In January, the University Honors Program also invites exceptional first-year students to join beginning in their second semester. To be eligible, students must earn a first-semester GPA that places them in the top 10% of freshmen in their college.

Students who do not qualify at the end of their first semester, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.4, should pursue a separate application process as follows:

  1. If you did not qualify for January Joins (successful students are invited to join in mid January), please contact the UHP Advisor before the first day of the spring-term courses so you have accurate information about deadlines for the application process.
  2. In your application materials, include a cover letter stating specifically why you wish to join the Honors Program, giving us a sense of who you are, and a letter of recommendation from one of your professors.

The application can be found here.

Qualified students who do not participate in the University Honors Program are also invited to participate in their departmental Honors-in-Major programs. A list departmental liaisons and their majors, can be found on the Departmental Liaisons page.


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