Honors College

University Honors Application

The University Honors program (UH) delivers the comprehensive Honors College experience to students from any major throughout all of their undergraduate years. UH students complete our innovative Honors core curriculum – an exclusive array of advanced, thought-provoking courses – in place of UNLV’s standard general education requirements.

Before You Apply

  1. All students must first apply to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and receive an NSHE ID (UNLV Student Number) before they apply to University Honors.
  2. Review the admission requirements below based on your student status and prepare documents accordingly to submit with your application.

First-Year Freshmen Applicants

Every application to the University Honors Program undergoes a holistic review process. Rather than simply relying on numeric markers, our committee considers your academic history, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community engagement, and recommendations from references.

Suggested Academic Record

While we do not have a minimum GPA requirement, we do find that students who hold an unweighted high school GPA of 3.7 or higher achieve success in our advanced curriculum. We use ACT and SAT scores to determine the English and Math placement levels for admitted students.

Requested Documents First Year Freshmen

  1. Unofficial High School Transcripts (required )
  2. Unofficial ACT/SAT/AP/IB Test Scores (screenshots accepted)
  3. Two Essays
  4. Resume
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation
  6. Unofficial College Transcripts (only if you have college credits, but required with this application if relevant)


The University Honors application requires two original essays according to the prompts below. Both essays should be written formally as if you were submitting them as assignments. Please include both essays in the one document (MS Word or PDF) and clearly label each essay by prompt topic.

National Merits & Valedictorians

National Merit Semi-Finalists and Valedictorians have an abbreviated application for University Honors. Valedictorians are defined by Honors College as any student with either a rank of 1 on their transcript or an unweighted 4.0 high school GPA. Admission into Honors College has no bearing on whether a student is eligible for the UNLV Valedictorian Scholarship. National Merit candidates should review the requirements and conditions for the President’s Scholarship.

Requested Documents for National Merits and Valedictorians
  1. Unofficial High School Transcripts (required )
  2. Unofficial ACT/SAT/AP/IB Test Scores
  3. Unofficial College Transcripts (only if you have college credits, but required with this application if relevant)
Essay #1 Prompt

Describe either an event you experienced or a person outside of your family who had a significant impact in defining your scholarly, professional, and personal goals. Your essay should also describe what role Honors College plays in achieving these goals. (500 words maximum)

Essay #2 Prompts

Choose one of the following prompts:

  • Prompt A: If you had one year and unlimited resources, what problem(s) would you take on and what would you do?(500 words maximum)
  • Prompt B: Select a piece of art (e.g., musical composition, movie, book, painting, play, etc.) that you dislike. Clearly describe the subject and offer a critique with specific ways the artist(s) could have made it better. Please also describe the effect that an improved version of the work would have on the audience and how it contrasts with the effect it currently has. (500 words maximum)


Incoming freshmen who are accepted by UNLV and Honors College by December 1 will be given priority consideration for Honors College Scholarships. Funding for Honors scholarships is limited, and selection is determined by donor criteria.

External Transfer and Current UNLV Students

If you are transferring to UNLV and Honors College from another university/college OR you are a current UNLV student, the Honors College requires a cumulative university GPA of 3.5 or higher.

For External Transfer applicants, this GPA is determined by calculating grade points based on the credits that are transferrable to UNLV, not the sum total of all grade points from your transcripts.

Requested Documents - External Transfers

  1. Unofficial College Transcripts (required with this application)
  2. Letter of Recommendation (Faculty)
  3. C.V.
  4. Essay
  5. Sample of Academic Writing

Requested Documents - Current UNLV Students

(First-time applicants only)

  1. Essay
  2. C.V.


Your University Honors application requires an original essay that responds to the prompt below. Your essay should be written formally as if you were submitting it as an assignment.

Essay Prompt

Please explain why you are interested in Honors College (500-1,000 words).

International Applicants

International applicants must apply as one of the above types (First-Year Freshman, External Transfer, or Current UNLV Student) with two additional requirements:

  1. TOEFL, ILETS, PTE or MTELP Scores (required )
  2. Online Interview (scheduled after complete application submission)

Submitting Your Application

Once launched, your application will stay active for one week from the time you start and may be updated as long as you use the same computer. After one week of not being updated, un-submitted applications will be deleted. If you do not have all required documents at the time of application submission, you may send the outstanding documents to honors.admissions@unlv.edu.

Allotting Yourself Time

Applications typically take 10-30 minutes to complete, depending upon your type of application. 


There is no fee associated with this application.