Apply to the Honors Program

Apply to the Honors Program

While our members’ average high school GPA is 3.85, ACT is 30 and SAT is 1380, we believe individuals cannot be measured by numbers alone. As such, we value your potential and intrinsic characteristics as much as your quantitative accomplishments. Our students typically exhibit one or more of the following characteristics. If you identify with these, we encourage you to apply to our program. We do not have a minimum SAT/ACT/GPA necessary to apply to our program.

  1. Curiosity about the world, and one’s place within it
  2. An interest in understanding the variables that contribute to societal inequities, as well as a disposition that is focused on alleviating the negative effects of said inequities
  3. Persistence and determination
  4. Creativity of expression, resourcefulness and/or a commitment to finding unorthodox solutions to challenges
  5. A desire to maximize the undergraduate college experience
  6. Core passions and causes that have contributed to a strong work ethic and co/extra-curricular agenda
  7. High standards
  8. A desire to invest the time/effort necessary to form meaningful relationships and interactions with others
  9. An embrace of risk and challenge
  10. An understanding of the inevitability and value of failure as a developmental experience
  11. Altruism, and the value of service to a community or concept
  12. Interest in developing leadership skills and the exploration of the concept of servant-leadership
  13. A belief in the transformational (vs. transactional) power and potential of education

Although most students in the Program enter as first-year students, students who are already enrolled at the University or who are transferring to the University are encouraged to apply to the Honors Program..

How to apply to the Honors Program

Honors Program deadlines

Honors Program staff reviews each application.

Each year, the Honors Program admits approximately 300 students, which represents less than 10 percent of the incoming freshman population. In order to guarantee the best consideration, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible because our Honors Program staff reviews applications on a monthly basis and will continue to do so until optimal enrollment size has been reached for the year.

The application process

Admissions to the Honors Program requires a separate application that includes the following materials:

Personal essay. One essay of 500 or fewer words, selected from any of the following prompts below:

  • What societal need resonates with you most strongly? If restrictions did not exist, what would you like to do to address this need?
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Which element from the periodic table best describes you, and why?
    • Identify one example of music, art or literature that best describes you and identify why.

Two recommendation forms. Contact two individuals who know your work the best and ask them to submit recommendation forms. A recommender’s personal knowledge of you (ideally generated via a collaboration of extended duration or intensity) is more important to us than the credentialing or title of the individual.

Online recommendation form

High school transcripts. Incoming students should submit updated high school transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Records at University of Nevada, Reno and ensure that this office has these documents prior to submitting an Honors Program application.

College transcripts (if applicable). Transfer students should ensure the Office of Admissions and Records at the University of Nevada, Reno has updated college transcripts prior to submitting an Honors Program application.

Online application

After you have applied to the University, you must submit a separate online application to the Honors Program.

Submit online application