First-year and Transfer Student Applications

Honors student in front of Guthrie

To Apply

Please apply to the Honors College when submitting your general application to UW. There is a space provided in the general application to apply to Honors.

If you have already submitted your UW application, you can log back in to the application portal, click the Honors Essay link, and include your essay responses/project submission. If you would prefer to email your essay responses/project submission or if you applied via the Common Application, you can send your submission to Rob Steele in Admissions at and he will attach it to your UW application. The prompts for your Honors College application are provided below (and are also provided in the general application to UW).


The Application Process

The Honors College seeks well-rounded, ambitious, and curious learners and leaders. If you are ambitious and motivated, we encourage you to apply. The Honors College admissions committee considers academic performance and test scores holistically alongside your application and your high school transcript. 

Students admitted into the Honors College who are College of Engineering majors will automatically be accepted as Honors Engineering students.

In applications for Fall 2023, the University of Wyoming does not require SAT or ACT scores. You may include your scores, if you have them, in your application to the Honors College, but they are not required and you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have them. (However, test scores are still required to be considered for financial aid from UW.)

Honors student graduating

The Honors College reviews applications on a rolling basis. Students are admitted to the Honors College only after they have been accepted to UW.

The Honors College also welcomes applications from new transfer students. Transfer students entering the Honors College typically have an overall college GPA of 3.25 or higher. If a transfer student has completed 30+ post-high school credit hours, some first-year requirements in the Honors College may be waived.  If a student enters the Honors College with less than 30+ post-high school credit hours, they will complete the entire Honors minor curriculum.

Application Prompts

Your Honors application allows you to tell us who you really are. Please share aspects of yourself that will help us understand what motivates you, how you want to grow as an individual, and how you want to contribute to the Honors College and the world. 

A complete application consists of two parts. Please complete both parts, both Part I and Part II below.

PART I: Why UW Honors 

Please write an essay of 100-150 words answering the following question: 

Based on your preliminary review of the UW Honors College curriculum, requirements and opportunities, (or your visit if you were able to do so!), what aspects of the program appeal to you most?  


PART II: What makes you tick 

Please respond to one of the four provided prompts below:

1. In an essay of 250-500 words describe a problem you've solved or would like to solve. It can be a personal or intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma, or a community concern. Explain the problem’s significance, what challenges it poses, and what steps you took or could take to solve it.  please also discuss the impact of your solution. 

2. Please share a meaningful quotation from a book, a song, a film, etc., and in an essay of 250-500 words explain why it is important to you. How does it express who you are or hope to become?  

3. Choose one of the following quotations and explain how it fits with your thinking in an essay of 250-500 words. Please refer to the quotation and also feel free to go beyond it: 

“It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.” (Claude Bernard, scientist) 

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” (Marian Wright Edelman, children’s rights activist) 

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” (Anne Frank, diarist and Holocaust victim)

4. Please share a short video, power point, or presentation in some other modality of a project you have completed, either individually or part of a group. In an essay of 100 words explain how this projects demonstrates your commitment to one or more of the following Honors priorities: 

    • creative thinking 

    • critical thinking 

    • problem solving  

    • innovation and change  

    • out-of-the-box approaches 

    • making the world a better place.  



The Value of the Honors College

Contact Us

The Honors College

Guthrie House

1200 Ivinson St.

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-4110

Fax: 307-766-4298


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