Incoming Freshmen

Applications for the Scholars & Fellows programs are now closed

Visit the Honors College

To meet with a representative of the Honors College, schedule a campus tour with the MU Admissions Office.

Want to observe an Honors course? Contact our office ( after you schedule your visit to learn about course availability during your visit.

Eligibility Requirements

Incoming Freshmen can apply to Honors with test scores (ACT/SAT) or test optional.

The Honors application will automatically appear on your Application Status Page once the office of admissions has reviewed your materials and you meet one of the following criteria:

  • ACT score of 31 or above
  • SAT score of 1390 or above
  • High School GPA of 3.75 or above (as recorded by Mizzou Admissions)
  • ACT score of 28-30 and a top 20% class rank (for ranking high schools)
  • SAT score of 1300-1380 and a top 20% class rank (for ranking high schools)

Students who do not meet the above criteria can request an application here. We welcome your application!

How to Apply

  1. Apply to MU. You do not need to be accepted to MU to apply to the Honors College. However, your official test scores and transcripts must be on file with MU Admissions for the application to appear on your Status Page and for our committee to review your materials.
  2. Complete the Honors College Application by viewing your Status Page and clicking the Honors College application link. You will need the following materials:
    1. Personal Statement* of 500-750 words that addresses the following:
      • Why you want to be a part of the MU Honors College and how the Honors College can help enhance your college experience
      • A description of your academic and career goals with any special interests you have (research, leadership, major, minor, etc.)
      • What makes you unique (your background, identity, interest, talent, or experience)? What do you want the Honors College Admissions Committee to know about you that won’t be found in your application materials?
    2. Your Resume: Sample Resume can be found here

*You may use your Common Application essay, MU general scholarship essay (such as Brooks Scholarship), or MU test-optional personal statement. Simply re-upload it to the Honors College application area.

Deadlines & Notifications

Scholars & Fellows Application: December 1st

General Honors Application: March 1st

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; you will be notified of your admissions status (on your MU Status Page and via email) within 3-4 weeks after you have applied.

All admissions decisions are final. We are unable to give specific feedback regarding your application due to the volume of applications and our holistic review process.

Honors Learning Community

After December 1st,  you may complete the housing preference form on your Status Page. Learn more about the Honors Learning Community and Honors Freshmen Interest Groups.