Current Miami students who would like to join the University Honors Program have the opportunity to apply. We will accept applications from both first-year students and sophomores during fall semester. The application process is both competitive and comprehensive. The number of students admitted each year will vary depending on available program resources.
Honors Application Process
The Honors application process for current students consists of three phases: the Honors admission workshop, the Honors application, and the Orientation Sprint Course.
- The Honors Admission Workshop: All students interested in applying to the Honors Program are REQUIRED to attend an honors admission workshop during the first two weeks of September. Specific times and locations for the workshops will be announced on this web page at the beginning of fall semester.
- The Honors Application: Once students complete the Honors Application Workshop, they are eligible to apply to the Honors Program. They will be given access to the on-line honors application after attending the Honors Admission Workshop.
- Orientation Sprint Course: This 1-credit-hour course, which takes place in the spring, is required of all newly admitted students. This course will give students the opportunity to meet other honors students and to get a jump-start on honors requirements.
Dates & Deadlines
Honors Applications are accepted from first-year and sophomore students fall semester. Application deadlines are listed below:
| Admission Workshop
| Honors Application Due
|Honors Decision Announced
|Orientation Sprint Course
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply to honors during spring semester?
No. We only accept honors applications from current Miami students during fall semester. This allows them to receive their admission decision in the fall and complete the Orientation Sprint Course the following spring semester.
Can apply to the honors program as a junior or senior?
No. Once a student has progressed passed their sophomore year, it become unrealistic to complete the honors program requirements by graduation.
Why do I have to attend the admission workshop? Isn't the application open to everyone?
Yes, the honors application is open to all current first-year and sophomore Miami students. However, due to the unique nature of our program, it is essential that students understand the Honors Program framework and philosophy early in the admission process, in order to determine whether Honors is compatible with their personal goals and interests. These workshops are designed to begin orienting students to the Honors Program and to further explain what will be expected in the honors application.
What information do you ask for on the Honors Application?
In general, the Honors Application for current Miami students will consist of a multi-part essay pertaining to a significant project the student has completed. We may also ask how the Honors Program aligns with their personal goals and about their potential contribution to Honors. In addition, we will review a current academic transcript and possibly their Application for Admission to Miami University.
When is the Orientation Sprint Course offered? What if I don't have room in my schedule?
The Orientation Sprint Course, HON 181, will be added to each student's course schedule once they are admitted to the Honors Program and prior to registration for other spring courses. Since it is a student's responsibility to complete the Orientation Sprint Course as part of the Honors Program requirements, they should be sure to schedule additional spring courses around HON 181.
Does the college credit that I have already earned count toward my Honors Program requirements?
Student's Honors Program requirements will be adjusted based upon the number of college credits that they have completed. In addition, the college courses that they have taken may apply to some of the Honors Program requirements. The required Admission Workshop will explain how a student's current college credit will apply to the Honors Program requirements.