Frequently Asked Questions
Minimum admission requirements are determined on a sliding scale of an applicant’s unweighted high school GPA and SAT or ACT score plus review of four short essays. Applicants who do not meet the initial admission criteria may submit letters of support from teachers and other supporting documents. Students must first apply to and be admitted to the University of Idaho before they apply online to the Honors Program through the web portal. Transfer students must have an institutional GPA of 3.5 and a B or better in ENGL 102.
For more information (including specific instructions for first-year, current, transfer and international applicants), see our Admission page.
Students in the program must maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA and earn six Honors credits their first year, three more credits their second year, three more credits their third year and complete at least fourteen honors credits by graduation. Students can go for higher achievement levels of 19 or 27 honors credits respectively.
For more information see our Requirements and Levels of Distinction page.
The program offers courses that will count towards the general education requirement and other majors. The courses are discussion-based offered by hand-selected faculty and usually even smaller than regular courses.
For a listing of current and past offerings, see our Courses page.
The University Honors Program curriculum satisfies many general education requirements, and thus students can pursue any area of study. There are students in the program from every academic college.
All first-year student applicants are automatically considered for honors program scholarships. Applicants do not need to apply again for scholarships. The scholarships renew up to three times as long as students meet the program GPA and credit requirements.
For more information, see our Scholarships page.
Honors students may apply to live on campus in McCoy Hall or the Scholars Living Learning Community.
For more information, see our Honors Living page.
It does not cost more to be a student in the honors program.
The benefits are numerous and include studying in small discussion-based honors classes, priority registration for classes regardless of major and year, academic advising, additional funding opportunities and undergraduate research grant opportunities, honors housing and numerous academic and cultural engagement opportunities.