Students are invited to apply to be a member of our Honors community here at UNO by following the steps below. We also offer Learning Community options annually. These linked classes unite students in at least two general education courses. The faculty plan the courses to work and talk with each other, and students form academic bonds within this unique learning experience. Students have found these linked courses help them: "The learning community classes have taught me to participate in class often, talk to the instructors whenever necessary, and how best to arrange my study and work time to accomplish as much as possible" and "I am more engaged in class and challenge myself to look at concepts through the viewpoints of others."
Letter of Support
Arrange for a recommender to write a letter of support on behalf of your application. The letter should outline the applicant's potential for academic excellence and contributions to UNO's University Honors Program. The letter should be in .docx or PDF format and emailed by the recommender to firstname.lastname@example.org with the student's name in the subject line.
In order to receive the fullest scholarship consideration at UNO, complete your application by February 1st. We will review applications received after that date--but they may miss out on fullest scholarship considerations. But do apply and try out Honors!
Holistic Application Approach
UNO's Honors Program takes a holistic approach to applications, so the essay and short answer about your unique qualities really matter as we consider them alongside other data, including but not limited to:
- Evidence of advanced writing and critical thinking skills (demonstrated in essay)
- Evidence of intellectual, academic, and community engagement and commitment (demonstrated in essay/by recommender’s letter)
- Composite ACT or combined SAT
- High school class rank (if available) and high school GPA
Please note: Please apply--the Honors Program's holistic approach to applications opens many doors to the Honors Program. Just fill in the fields below (only ONE of the two longer essays needs a response).
Each April, we offer a Shadow Day experience for high school students interested in the Honors Program. Participants have the opportunity to come to campus and explore the options with a current UNO student by attending classes, eating in the Student Center, and much more!
On-Campus applicants should email the Director to discuss their options of joining the Honors Program. On-campus applicants are required to have a UNO GPA of 3.5 or higher and need to arrange for a UNO faculty member to submit a letter in support of their application to email@example.com. Depending on the number of credits the student has earned, we offer different pathways toward Honors completion, so do send an enquiry email as the first step! The Honors curriculum is available here.
Transfer or junior standing applicants who have earned 50 college credits or more can apply to the Honors Program. Applicants are required to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and need to arrange for a faculty-authored letter of support to be send to firstname.lastname@example.org. The requirements are outlined here.
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