Incoming Freshmen

Applications for Incoming Freshmen are now open

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. For those with a 28 ACT/1310 SAT score, an application will automatically appear on your Status Page within 48 hours of applying to MU. For those applying to MU with a 3.75 GPA (as calculated by MU Admissions) a link similarly appears.

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
  3. Submit your Scholars & Fellows application by checking “Yes” in the honors application. You will need the following materials:
    1. An essay of 500-750 words that addresses the following: Choose a social, scientific, or artistic issue you are interested in researching and answer the following questions:
      • Why is this issue important to you and how does it relate to your intended area of study at MU?
      • What is a problem you might encounter during your research?

*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.