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Admissions – First Year Students

Each year, we welcome a small, diverse class of students from around the world. With their infectious energy and fresh perspectives, our students help create a truly dynamic atmosphere for growth, connection, and success. We invite your application to join our exceptional community.

Online Application

Students applying to Honors College must also apply to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. There is no application deadline for Honors College; however, we highly recommend applying before February 1st to receive priority consideration for admission, scholarships, and course selection.

Determining Eligibility

While Honors College does not have hard minimum admission requirements, we find that students who meet and/or exceed the following thresholds achieve success in our advanced curriculum:

  • 3.7 High School GPA (unweighted)
  • 1260 SAT (math and critical reading)
  • 28 ACT

National Merit/Valedictorian Students

We are pleased to offer immediate admission to National Merit Scholars and valedictorians. In lieu of an application, please complete and return this admission form to Honors College.

NOTE: High School seniors who have been named National Merit Finalists and Valedictorians can receive unique merit scholarships at UNLV. These awards are granted through the UNLV Financial Aid Office.  The vast majority of national merit and valedictorian students who choose to attend UNLV also choose the Honors College experience.

Necessary Documentation

When reviewing applicants, we look for far more than GPA and test scores; we want to get a sense of who are and what life you want to create. To gain a more complete picture of you, we consider your academic history, writing skill as demonstrated in your application essay, participation in extracurricular activities, and letters of reference.

In order to holistically review your application, we require the following documentation:

  • Online Application
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial accepted)
  • ACT and/or SAT test scores (unofficial accepted)
  • Resume
    • Address your Academic Honors, Extracurricular Activities, Community Activities and Educational Travel
  • Essay (no longer than 500 words)
    • Write an essay describing a person or event that had a significant impact in defining your scholarly, professional and personal goals. Your essay should also describe what part the Honors College plays in achieving these goals

For additional information or to send necessary documentation Necessary documentation please email us at honors.admissions@unlv.edu. Any recommendations received via email must be sent directly from official educational email addresses.