Incoming Freshmen

Applications for the class of 2024 will open on August 1, 2019.

Applications for the class of 2023 are closed; no late applications will be accepted.


Steps in Applying

MU’s Honors College considers all applicants and their credentials through a holistic review process. There is no specific criteria or level of achievement that will assure anyone of acceptance, as ours is a competitive admission process. We seek students with a myriad of accomplishments, traits, skills, experiences, and views on education. Ours is a program that adds value and enhances a student’s education and we want students who are up for the challenge and want to do the work required to flourish.

  1. If you haven’t already done so, visit Mizzou. When you schedule a visit through Mizzou Admissions please indicate that you’d like to visit the Honors College while you are here. One of our Honors College staff members will be available most days of the week to meet and talk with you about the honors experience. And while you are speaking to Admissions, ask them about special Honors or Scholars visit days.
  2. Apply to MU. You must have submitted your application to the University before applying for Honors.  Students who have a 29 ACT / 1330 SAT (or higher), or are in the top 20% of their High School class, or have a weighted Core GPA of 3.75 or higher, will see a link to apply to the Honors College on their Status Page about 15 minutes after their general admission application has been received and initially processed by the Admissions Office; you will have to refresh or return to your Admissions status page to see the link.
  3. Students who do not receive the link automatically, but who still wish to apply may use the Honors College Application link to submit an application. While we do have a stated range for initial consideration, it is not a base-line, and we provide that information (above in #2), rather, as a guideline for potential applicants to weigh when considering to apply or not. They do, however, match the qualifications of students who have applied, been admitted, and succeeded as a member of the Honors College in the past.
  4. Request that MU be sent your official transcripts and an official score report. These materials must be received by our deadlines (either December 1 or March 1, depending upon what level of consideration you are seeking) in order for you to be considered for admission into Honors and for our scholarships. The Honors College will not receive or review your application until you are officially admitted to MU and all required official documents (including official test scores and transcripts) have been received and processed. If these materials come in after the deadline, your application will be marked incomplete and will not be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring the timely receipt of these materials; the Honors College will not be held responsible for missing information or incomplete applications.
  5. Honors College applicants are required to submit a resume and an essay for consideration. You may start the application, view our sample resume, see the essay question options, and save the application to return to it when you are ready to submit these additional materials, all within your MU Status Page.
  6. No late applications will be accepted. All applications must be submitted and completed by March 1.
  7. Once your application is complete and all required materials are submitted, the Honors College Admissions Committee will review your high school curriculum, test scores, accomplishments, activities, and personal traits (gleaned from the essay), and make a decision. The decision of the College is final. Because of the volume of applications and our holistic process, we will not be able to provide any feedback on your application or provide you with a detailed reason for our decision.
  8. Students who apply should also consider applying for one of our Scholars & Fellows programs at the time of application. These high-impact programs provide you with funding and programming to enhance your education on numerous levels. If you are interested, you will be guided through this process by checking “Yes” within the Honors admissions application. S&F applicants will find that there are two additional essays required on specific topics. Please apply before December 1 if you wish to be considered for any of our Scholars & Fellows programs, including the Stamps Scholars program.

If you have any questions regarding the MU admissions process, are seeking confirmation that your official materials have been received, have a problem with the links for S&F references, or that your application to Honors is complete, please contact the Admissions Office. The Honors College is only able to address specific questions about the essay topics, preferred format of your resume, and the timing of a decision once an application is complete.

We ask that you give us up to three weeks (from the time that your application is complete) to consider your application and make our decision.