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Eligibility & Admission

To be considered for admission to the University Honors Program, entering students must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and submit an online application by December 15. Eligible students will be e-mailed application information beginning in September. Admission to the University Honors Program is competitive and you will be considered for acceptance based on the strengths of your application and academic profile.

 Among the criteria considered for selection are:

  • Evidence of leadership, service, or research;
  • High school GPA (minimum 3.5; weighted or unweighted);
  • Rigor of high school curriculum, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or any college-level courses completed;
  • *Standardized test scores (minimum 29 ACT composite or 1330 SAT).

If you are a high school senior who plans to attend the University of Louisville, you will receive an invitation e-mail to apply for the Honors Program if you meet the above eligibility criteria. You must complete the online application provided in the invitation no later than December 15, 2019 to be considered for acceptance to the University Honors Program.

All applicants were notified via e-mail regarding selection decisions the week of February 1, 2020. If you did not receive a notification, please check your spam/junk inbox and then reach out to us at honors@louisville.edu. Students selected for the Honors Program must maintain a minimum 3.35 university GPA and enroll in Honors courses each academic year. To apply online, visit http://louisville.edu/admissions/apply/honors.

*Students who are eligible to apply for UofL’s prestigious scholarship programs (Martin Luther King Scholars, McConnell Scholars) are also invited to apply to the University Honors Program.

Honors Incoming Freshman Profile

  • Average high school GPA: 4.2
  • Average ACT composite score: 31
  • Average Honors class size: 14.7 students
  • Honors freshmen living on-campus: 94%
  • Honors freshmen receiving a scholarship: 99.6%
  • Number of incoming freshmen accepted into Honors in Fall 2018: 510

Honors Housing (Living-Learning Communities)

Kurz Hall is the Honors residence facility on campus. This hall is located in a prominent area of campus, near the Student Recreation Center (SRC), the Ville Grill Dining Complex, and a short walk from the University Library and many academic buildings. Honors housing provides you with the opportunity to live in an environment that supports the academic, social, and personal development of Honors students. Our goal is to foster a stronger sense of community within the program, while also encouraging academic success. Honors students are not required to live in Kurz Hall but may wish to do so.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) are academic and residential communities dedicated to a specific theme that creates purposeful links among academic, residential and social components of the college experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in either the Honors General LLC or choose from a variety of Nested LLCsLearn more about our Living/Learning Communities>>

Scheduling a Visit

Academically talented students are encouraged to set up a shadow visit. During this visit, you can:

  • Shadow a current Honors student to class, tour campus, and have a complimentary lunch;
  • Meet with a representative from the University Honors Program;
  • Meet with a faculty member from your area of academic interest;
  • Meet with an admissions counselor to review scholarship programs.

To schedule a shadow visit, please visit louisville.edu/admissions/visit/shadowAt least two weeks notice is required to schedule a shadow visit.

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