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Students applying to the Burnett Honors College should show clear evidence of academic talent, motivation, intellectual curiosity and creativity.

The admission process involves a comprehensive review of the applicant's academic background, standardized test scores, personal statement, activities, and interests. Admission to the Burnett Honors College is very selective, and Honors students typically represent the top 8% of freshmen at UCF.

After being admitted to UCF, the Burnett Honors college will send an invitation to apply to the University Honors Program directly to academically talented students. However, any high-achieving incoming freshmen interested in applying may request an application. Applications are available between September 15th and March 15th.

If you have questions about your application, please contact us at


The Burnett Honors College has a rolling admissions process. Typically, applicants receive a decision within 3-5 weeks after they apply. Because the Burnett Honors College accepts a limited number of students each year, students should submit their University Honors application as early as possible.

All materials must be received by the application deadline in order for the applicant to receive full consideration.


To be considered, an applicant must be a FTIC (first time in college) student for the summer or fall semesters. Students who earn an AA degree as part of a dual enrollment program and are admitted to UCF as first time in college (FTIC) can only apply to the University Honors program as freshmen (FTIC).

Applicants must submit a University Honors application and official high school transcript directly to the Burnett Honors College. In addition, official SAT and/or ACT test scores should be submitted to UCF.

Students are encouraged to submit additional information which illustrates their talents, skills and/or interests. This information may be a significant factor in the BHC admissions decision.

Students may submit their BHC University Honors application before they are admitted to UCF, however our team cannot review the application until acceptance to UCF has been granted.


Academic Performance:

  • Weighted High School GPA
  • Senior Class Rank
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Advanced Course Work (AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, AICE)

Other extraordinary accomplishments also play an important role in the decision process.

Important Dates

September 15 - University Honors Application Available

  • You can request an application online here (log in with username and password "honors")
  • You can check your application status (once submitted) here (log in with your UCF NID and password)

January 15 - University Honors Priority Application Deadline (postmarked)

  • Students must be admitted to UCF and submit a complete Honors application by the Honors Priority Application Deadline to be considered for the Honors Enhancement Scholarship
  • Students who apply early to the Burnett Honors College will also receive an earlier decision, which will allow early access to Honors benefits such as Honors Housing Room Selection* (in Tower 3 at Knight’s Plaza) and Honors Orientation registration (*Access to Honors Housing in Tower 3 requires a valid UCF on-campus housing contract (learn more at

March 15 - University Honors Application Deadline (postmarked)

  • Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis

May 1 - University Honors Reply Form Deadline (postmarked)

  • Seats are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats are not considered reserved until (a) University Honors Student Reply Form is received AND (b) the student has submitted their UCF enrollment deposit
  • A student's seat is not confirmed until they receive a confirmation letter from the Burnett Honors College
  • Students who have a confirmed seat in the Burnett Honors College will see "Confirmation Complete: Yes" when they log in to track their application status (here). University Honors Student Reply Forms received after the deadline will be considered only on a space-available basis

Visit Us

Coming to campus and want to see what the Burnett Honors College has to offer? Then schedule a one-on-one visit! These 30-45 minute visits will be scheduled with an Honors staff member and one of our Honors Student Assistants, and will also include a tour of the Burnett Honors College building.

If you are interested in scheduling a One-on-One Visit to learn more about the Burnett Honors College, please call us at (407) 823-2545 or email us at with your name, intended major, planned start semester at UCF, and availability. Appointments are generally available Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30, year-round except for holidays. Please allow at least 24 business hours for scheduling a visit.


We are also offering Virtual One-on-One Visits with the Burnett Honors College! These 30-minute visits will be scheduled with an Honors staff member and one of our Honors Student Assistants. If you are interested in scheduling a Virtual One-on-One Visit to learn more about the Burnett Honors College, please email us at with your name, intended major, planned start semester at UCF, and availability. One of our Honors staff or student assistants will schedule a visit for you via Zoom. Please allow at least 24 hours for scheduling a visit.


Cannot attend an Open House? Want to visit the campus on a weekday when Fall or Spring terms classes are in session? Then plan to spend an afternoon at the Burnett Honors College. You will meet Honors staff and students, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the academics, the extracurricular activities, and the special programs that the Burnett Honors College has to offer. Honors students can share their experiences and give you the student perspective. The number of available seats per session is 30, and prior advanced reservation is highly recommended. Reservations can be made by submitting this online form this online form.

Upcoming Event Dates:

  • Monday, February 19th, 2024: 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Monday, March 11th, 2024: 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Friday, March 15th, 2024: 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Friday, March 29th, 2024: 3:30-4:30 PM

More dates may be added later, so please check back again!

Enhancement Scholarship

All freshmen that apply by January 15 are automatically considered for the Honors Enhancement Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded based on the academic credentials of the student (test scores, high school GPA and class rank). The scholarship is $2,000 and is disbursed in two equal installments of $1,000 during the first and second semesters at UCF.

Note: This scholarship is awarded only during the first year at UCF, and it is not recurring.


National Merit Finalists

Students who are designated National Merit Finalists by the College Board will be accepted to the Burnett Honors College, provided that they submit a complete application by the deadline.

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Provost Scholars

Students who are awarded UCF's Provost Scholarship will also be given special consideration.

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Seat Reservation

Students admitted to the Burnett Honors College are required to confirm their participation and reserve their seat for the Fall semester. The Honors Student Reply Form is emailed to all admitted students starting in mid-February, and is due no later than May 1. Students who submit the UCF enrollment deposit after May 1 are automatically placed on a waitlist.

BHC class size is limited, so we encourage admitted students to reserve their seat as soon as possible. Students must complete steps 1 & 2 below to reserve their seat (and should complete step 3 as soon as possible):

Step 1

Submit the UCF enrollment deposit to Undergraduate Admissions

Step 2

Submit the completed Honors Student Reply Form by email to

Step 3

Register for a UCF Freshman Orientation session here.

Register for Orientation

Note: Students who reserve their seat after the class has filled are placed on the waitlist. Waitlist position is based on the date of the enrollment deposit to UCF and date of enrollment for Orientation; and not on the date of admission to the Burnett Honors College or the date of submission of the Honors Student Reply Form. Students can check their waitlist position here (log in with the UCF NID and NID password).

Ready to Apply?


The deadline to apply for Fall 2024 is March 15, 2024 (postmarked). Only applications received before the deadline are guaranteed consideration. Late applications will be considered only on a space-available basis.

Students who apply late should be in the top 5% of UCF's incoming freshman class in all areas (test scores, GPA, and other academic accomplishments). To request* a late application, you may send an email requesting an application with your name, email address, and UCF ID** to Applications will be sent via email in .pdf format.

*We reserve the right to not send application packets to students who request late applications based on their academic credentials or on the class becoming full.

**The UCF ID is a seven-digit number used to identify you in University systems. To obtain your UCF ID, go to myUCF, log in using your NID and password, click Student Self Service > Personal Information > UCF ID Info. This page will display your UCF ID, your NID, and your UCF ID Card number, once you have been issued one.

There are also two additional opportunities to join the Burnett Honors College once you have started at UCF as an incoming freshman: Second Year Entry for University Honors, and our Honors Undergraduate Thesis programs.