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If you’re looking to break the rules of what you thought an education could be and accelerate your success, the University of Arizona Honors College is the place for you.
You’ll be at the table with some of the best and brightest minds from across the world. Backed by a Tier-1 research powerhouse, you’ll create y our own path with exclusive opportunities that only honors offers. E njoy early access to class registration, make your voice heard in intimate class settings and learn one-on-one with world-renowned faculty. Fuel your curiosity by conducting research alongside leading scientists, performing an internship or deep-diving into a topic that ignites your passions. And a state-of-the-art Honors Village designed exclusively for students like you will elevate every aspect of your honors experience.
Join the Arizona Honors College and discover a hub of fellow thinkers, makers and doers who are also motivated
to be the change.
With your well-being top of mind, we’re reimagining what an Arizona education can look like. COVID-19 has brought about unprecedented times. And while many things are continuously changing, your possibilities remain endless as
an Arizona Wildcat.
COVID-19 has created a new reality for us all. We need bright minds like yours to ask the tough questions and innovate new ways of thinking. When you join our 2021 honors cohort, you will discover an honors experience that prioritizes your safety and success while challenging you to improve the world in your own, unique way.
For the latest updates related to COVID-19 and to learn about how the University of Arizona has tailored its admissions process, visit admissions.arizona.edu.
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beds in suite-style dorm rooms for first-year students
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beds in apartments with kitchen and living spaces for returning students
The Honors Village is designed with you in mind. More than a dorm, this living
and learning community will elevate every aspect of your life as an Honors Wildcat.
First-year honors students reside in contemporary suite-style rooms while apartments are available for returning honors students. On-site amenities include recreation rooms, in-dorm dining at Arizona’s newest food hall, ’85 North, student lounges and a community kitchen.
Connect with honors students, staff and faculty under one roof. Experiential learning and faculty-led workshops will come to you in state-of-the-art classrooms. You’ll have your choice of collaboration spaces, whether you’re leading a group meeting or taking a coffee break.
Ready for a study break? Savor a quiet moment in the outdoor courtyard or grab a bite to eat with friends at ’85 North. Then head next door to our recreation and wellness center to workout or recharge.
“The best perk about living in the Honors Village is being able to form friendships with other similarly minded students.”
— Porter, Chemical Engineering.
“Being an honors student allowed me to get hands-on experience with research. It was my first research project and I was able to learn a lot.”
— Danielle, Biology
FORGET YOUR COMFORT ZONE
When you’re plugged into the opportunities and r esources of our
premier research university, there are no limits to what you’ll achieve.
FIND YOUR FIT
Your path to success should match your personal interests, individual learning style and big
picture goals. At the Arizona Honors College, you will create a unique experience tailored for your future, no matter what it may be. Want to combine your interests in several areas? No problem.
Many honors students pursue multiple majors or degrees.
EXCELLENCE IN THE CLASSROOM …
You’ll be side-by-side with classmates and faculty in smaller, thought-provoking classes that
focus on active learning. Outfitted with the latest technology in our Honors Village facility,
you will be fully immersed in a space designed for your success.
… AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM
Honors students have access to countless internships, research, volunteer projects or other activities designed to develop critical skills and increase future job prospects. When you
participate in an applied honors experience, doors will open for you all over the world.
HONORS FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
“The Arizona Honors College provides a whole new set
of opportunities. I love that
I can build relationships with professors who are readily and willingly available.”
— jasmine, LAW
• Priority class registration
• Mentorship from faculty and advanced honors students
• First-year seminars led by top professors
• Innovative classes
• Access to graduate courses and graduate library privileges
• Unique pre-med minor
• Medical School assured admission program (MEDCAT)
• Alternative Spring Break and other service-learning opportunities
• Assistance from the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships
• Grant money to fund your projects, even during your first year
• Internships and professional development
• Honors clubs and year-round events
• Signature civic engagement teams to make a difference
in the community
As a member of the Arizona Honors College, you’ll have exclusive benefits
to enhance your world-class Arizona experience, including:
“I’m most drawn by the way honors students engage with ideas. Teachers delight in that spark in the students’ eyes when ‘the light
goes on.’ With honors students, the light is
on already and joy comes from having
it glow brighter”
— PATRICK BALIANI, Associate Professor
and Chair, Honors Interdisciplinary Faculty; Award-Winning Playwright
HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS DESERVE HIGH-ACHIEVING MENTORS
As an Honors Wildcat, you will have the opportunity to work with some of Arizona’s best faculty. More than 60 of our best professors teach Honors First Year Seminars and serve as advisors to honors students. You’ll also learn alongside Honors Interdisciplinary Faculty who design courses exclusively for honors students. And residents of the Honors Village benefit from accessible support from honors faculty, whose offices are right in the same building.
“I was involved in a ton of research and internships throughout my time at Arizona. The most invaluable impact that the Honors College had on me was
that it taught me how to enjoy learning.”
— Yezan, Neuroscience & Cognitive Science, Physiology,
Molecular & Cellular Biology, and Arabic Graduate
Currently preparing for medical school
A FEW TOP COMPANIES THAT HAVE
HIRED HONORS GRADUATES SINCE 2016
ERNST & YOUNG
W.L. GORE & ASSOCIATES
TEACH FOR AMERICA
DELOITTE AND TOUCHE LLP
BANK OF AMERICA
SALT RIVER PROJECT
“Honors faculty members pushed deeper through discussion-based coursework. They also supported
me in making connections in the industry and
preparing for rigorous interviews.”
— Natalie, Business Economics and Accounting Graduate
Currently working as a management consultant
RESEARCH AND INTERNSHIPS
SOME OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD THAT HAVE ADMITTED HONORS GRADUATES SINCE 2016
“Being in the Honors College allowed me to surround myself with people who were as academically driven
as me. Making connections with people of other
majors has helped me appreciate interdisciplinary perspectives to solve a problem.”
— Christina, Public Health Graduate | Currently pursuing a Master’s
of Public Health and Master’s of Business Administration
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
UNC CHAPEL HILL
HAS NEVER LOOKED BRIGHTER
Will you be a Fortune 500 CEO? An educator who teaches the next generation?
A physician who saves lives or the researcher who finds a cure to Alzheimer’s disease?
As an Honors Wildcat, you will align your knowledge, skills and passions through hands-on learning activities. Whether it’s an internship, volunteer project or research opportunity, your honors engagement experience will take your Arizona career to the next level, even before you graduate.
Here’s what some recent Honors College alumni say were the biggest benefits
that helped them get to where they are today.
GO ON TO:
master’s or Ph.D.
peace corps, travel
FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE
What can you expect in your first year as an Honors Wildcat?
The Honors First Year Experience helps you develop a solid foundation for your success.
You’ll integrate supportive academic and social communities to enhance your experience
from the outset, encouraging engagement in and outside of the classroom.
This hybrid course, taught in the Honors Village, will launch you into the kind of innovative and critical thinking you will do throughout your honors career.
Pair with an experienced honors student who will provide peer-to-peer mentoring during your first year on campus (program is optional).
FIRST YEAR SEMINARS
Choose a seminar, taught by outstanding honors professors,
and engage in thought-provoking academic discourse.
FIRST YEAR PROJECT
This optional program lets you dive into the world of research on
a topic or issue that you’re genuinely passionate about.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
There are many events exclusively for first-year students, beginning with a new student gathering during Welcome Week.
Immerse yourself in a book that forms the basis for your Catalyst Seminar and first-year events here on campus.
HONORS GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
Fulfill general education requirements in courses that average
25 students and gain experience beyond the classroom.
“My advice to new honors students is to get involved as much as you can because there are many great opportunities that you have within reach.”
— Valeria, Criminal Justice Studies
YOU APART IN
THE YEARS AHEAD?
YOUR HONORS ADVANTAGE
After your first year, you will continue to customize your honors experience by building
a portfolio of exclusive honors opportunities. With support from the Arizona Honors College,
you’ll map out personalized experiences that will make you stand out during your time at
Arizona and prepare you for whatever your future holds.
Sophomore and Junior Years
Work one-on-one with honors staff to refine your personal
academic plan. Together, you’ll identify your key areas of interest, including finding a way for you to participate in at least one honors student engagement activity, such as an internship, research project
or civic engagement opportunity.
SENIOR YEAR & BEYOND
The Honors Senior Thesis or Capstone allows you to produce
a long-term, in-depth project in an area that you’re passionate about.
It may be a research project, business plan, performance or exhibition, or a design project. It could even be a team-based project looking
for an innovative solution to a problem. Many alumni say it was a favorite part of their honors experience.
“The Honors College has offered me a community
of caring individuals who are passionate about what they do, and who constantly dream bigger and achieve more than I thought possible. This community inspires me to push myself more in all areas of my life.”
— Jenna, Pre-Physiology and Neuroscience
“My advice to new honors students is to get out of your comfort zone in
any way you can.”
— Ryan, Communication
A COMPLETE HONORS COLLEGE APPLICATION INCLUDES YOUR:
• Online or paper application to Arizona
• Online honors application
• Arizona application processing fee
Interested in living
in the Honors Village?
Once you are admitted, apply for housing
through your Next Steps Center.
ONE GOAL, SECOND CHANCE
If you are not admitted to the Arizona Honors College
upon your initial application, you can always reapply
as a current Arizona student after your first year.
To be eligible for honors as a current Arizona student,
• Be a currently enrolled University of Arizona student.
• Have completed 12 or more units at Arizona.
• Have a minimum 3.4 cumulative Arizona GPA.
• Have at least three semesters remaining
TRANSFER ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
You will be admitted as an honors transfer student if you meet one of the following criteria:
• Overall transfer GPA of 3.75 (3.5 if transferring from Arizona State University or Northern Arizona University)
• Member of Phi Theta Kappa (must appear on your official transcript)
• Member of All-Arizona Academic Team
For more information about transfer admission, visit admissions.arizona.edu/transfer/admissions-requirements
TRANSFER HONORS SUPPORT
If you’re transferring to the Arizona Honors College, you’ll have dedicated support to help you create a plan that
is aligned with your passions and interests. During your first advising appointment, an honors staff member will get
to know you and the unique strengths you bring to our community.
During that first appointment, you will also:
• Review your transfer credits and plan for a smooth transition to the Arizona Honors College.
• Identify the best honors courses for your major.
• Discuss ways to get to know Arizona faculty members. It’s important to build relationships
with professors early as you build towards your Honors Capstone or Thesis.
IT’S YOUR TURN
Head to go.arizona.edu/honors-apply
First, complete the University of Arizona’s application for admission. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to access
the Arizona Honors College application, which will require:
A personal statement
A letter of recommendation
from a teacher or counselor
Fall 2021 honors applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by our priority application date of November 16, 2020.
The final deadline for honors application is February 15, 2021.
The Arizona Honors College admits students based on a comprehensive review of all submitted materials.
We consider your unweighted core high school GPA, the rigor of your high school schedule (including honors,
IB, AP or dual enrollment classes), leadership experience, writing ability and a variety of other factors.
Please note: Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the University of Arizona is not requiring the submission of SAT and/or
ACT scores for the 2021-22 academic year. The Honors College will not be considering SAT and/or ACT scores for
students applying for the fall 2021 incoming class. If test scores are submitted to Arizona, they will not be seen by
the review committee.
At the Arizona Honors College, we commit and aspire to create and foster a diverse and inclusive climate, where scholars of all backgrounds are welcome, safe and valued. As a community
of scholars, we aspire to represent an environment in which diversity of thought, experiences and identities are respected, and encourage healthy collaboration where we learn, work
and exist. We recognize this as critical to achieving academic excellence, advancing innovation, promoting critical thinking and fostering an inclusive learning community in which full participation and a sense of belonging are essential to success.
For online information sessions and a look inside the Honors Village, head to go.arizona.edu/honors-visit
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