Incoming Freshmen

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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

The Honors College 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 3.9 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.
    Note: you must have a 3.9 (or higher) GPA for the honors application to appear on your Status Page, but test scores are optional.
  2. Complete the Honors College Application via your Application Status Page. This application includes:
    • Essay of 500-750 words. Please use this essay to personalize your application so we can know more about you as an individual.  The essay should address one of the following:
      • We assume Honors College students are bright, hard-working, and determined. What’s a unique trait you have that we wouldn’t know just by reading your resume?
      • Everyone has core values. Tell us a time someone or something challenged one of yours. What happened? How did it change you?
      • You may also use your Common App essay.
    • Your Resume
  3. Optional: Premier and Research Scholarships Application (deadline: December 1st).
    To apply for all of the Premier and Research Scholarships you must submit the Stamps Scholars Application via your Application Status Page. This application includes:
    • All components of the Honors College application.
    • An additional essay of 500-750 words in response to the following prompt:
      • Part of conducting research or creative works is asking questions. Each of our Stamps and Discovery Fellows Scholarships come with a research placement. What is a question you are considering that falls within your major, area of interest, or career? If you are undecided on your major or career path, please share an area you are considering and a question about this topic.
    • Two letters of recommendation

Deadlines & Notifications

Premier & Research Scholarships Application: December 1st

Honors College 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 5-6 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 Housing

On December 15,  you may fill out Phase 1 of the housing contract in the Housing Portal. Learn more about Mark Twain Hall.