University Honors – Current UCF Students
Currently enrolled UCF freshman who started in the summer or fall semester and meet all stated criteria may apply to the University Honors program during their first spring semester at UCF. This second-year entry gateway to the Burnett Honors College provides an opportunity for students who show exceptional academic ability and intellectual curiosity. Admission to the program is highly competitive.
Second-year Honors students will be required to complete a minimum of eight Honors courses, including Honors Symposium and at least three upper-division courses, one of which must be an interdisciplinary seminar. They will earn the University Honors designation on the diploma and transcript.
Currently enrolled UCF students can apply for second-year entry before the end of the spring semester that follows their first fall term at UCF. Eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Currently enrolled UCF freshman who started in summer or fall semesters as First Time in College (FTIC)
- Minimum cumulative UCF GPA of 3.5 at time of application and end of spring semester
- Nomination from UCF teaching faculty
- Letter of nomination from a member of UCF teaching faculty that highlights the academic accomplishments and the qualities that make you a good fit for the Burnett Honors College
- Letter of recommendation from a member of UCF faculty or staff (resident assistant, academic advisor, research supervisor, registered student organization advisor, etc.)
- Personal statement which answers the following prompts:
- What aspect of the honors experience do you expect to be the most transformational for you?
- Which specific qualities do you believe you will bring to the Burnett Honors College community?
- Tentative but detailed plan of study that includes which courses you intend to take to satisfy the requirements of the University Honors program. (Second-year honors students are required to complete a minimum of eight honors courses, including Honors Symposium and at least three upper-division courses, one of which must be an interdisciplinary seminar.) Be sure to include what you hope to achieve by taking your selected courses in Honors sections (major requirements, intellectual curiosity, career goals, etc.). Please click here for more details about program requirements and here for a list of generally offered honors courses and currently offered interdisciplinary seminars. Please note that all admitted second-year students will be required to enroll in Honors Symposium (IDH 1920H) in their second fall semester.
- List of no more than ten academic or extracurricular activities and experiences (both at UCF and prior to coming to UCF) in descending order of importance and description of their significance
- (Optional) Supplementary information that highlights anything that is not included in the rest of the application
Currently enrolled UCF freshmen who started in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 will have the opportunity to apply in March 2021 for second-year entry into the University Honors program for Fall 2021.
There is a two-step process to apply for second-year entry.
The first step is to complete the online Second-Year Entry Eligibility Form. The application window for the online eligibility form will open on March 1 and close on March 31. Students who meet all eligibility requirements will receive an email with instructions on how to receive the paper Second-Year Entry Application within 1-3 business days of submitting the online eligibility form.
The deadline to submit the paper Second-Year Entry Application (along with all required materials including Letter of Nomination and Letter of Recommendation) is April 15. Decisions will be made regarding admission into the program after spring grades become available in early May. In mid to late May, admitted students will be invited to a mandatory Honors advising session during or after which they will enroll in Honors courses, including Symposium. Additionally, admitted students will be invited to attend an optional “Welcome to Honors” session hosted by current Honors students, which will take place in August before the Fall term begins.