University Honors Program

Admission

Prospective SMU Students:

Open to qualified students of all majors, the University Honors Program invites up to 185 first-year students to join the program each year.

No separate application is required.  Students who apply to SMU are automatically reviewed for the UHP.  Members are reviewed on the basis of academic merit reflected in their standardized test scores, unweighted high school GPA, and rigor of high school curriculum.  Generally, students in the top 10% of the entering first year class will receive an invitation to participate in the University Honors Program.

Invitations are mailed to selected students soon after they have been notified of their admission to SMU.  The invitation includes an informative brochure as well as instructions for accepting membership in the program by submitting a non-binding academic contract to secure a spot in the UHP until the University deadline for paid deposits.

Students accepted into or interested in the UHP are encouraged to attend a Destination SMU session. During Destination SMU, students can meet with Honors faculty and even attend a UHP class. Contact Dr. Doyle (ddoyle@smu.edu) or Sally Spaniolo (sspaniolo@smu.edu) for more information about visiting the UHP on campus.


Admitted UHP Students:

Congratulations on admission the the University Honors Program! Included with your acceptance letter is instructions for completing a non-binding academic contract. This contract secures your place in the UHP until you pay your deposit to attend SMU.

After you pay your deposit, register for an AARO session. Registering for AARO soon after paying your deposit will ensure that you meet with your Honors advisor during AARO.

At AARO, you will meet with your Honors advisor and register for classes. During your first semester, you will take DISC 2305. See our Academics page for more information about the sequence of UHP courses. You will also attend a UHP brunch to meet our faculty and fellow UHP students.

When registering for housing, be sure to indicate whether or not you would prefer an Honors roommate. RLSH cannot guarantee the availability of an Honors roommate, but the request will be taken into consideration.


Current SMU Students:

Current students who have been enrolled at SMU for at least one semester and have a GPA of at least 3.5 or higher may apply to join the UHP.   As the majority of Honors classes are in the University Curriculum, continuing students should apply before the beginning of their second year.

Interested students should attend one of the UHP information sessions to learn more about the Honors curriculum requirements and the application process.

Benefits of UHP Membership

  • An enriched academic experience
  • Unique Honors classes with small enrollments (most often 15 or fewer students)
  • Access to the Scholars' Den for studying, meetings, printing, and more
  • A dedicated Honors advisor
  • A close community of scholars where intellectual and personal bonds are forged
  • Exposure to research, internships, travel, departmental distinction, and post-graduate scholarships

Accepted into the UHP?

  • Complete the non-binding UHP contract (instructions found in admission letter)
  • Pay your SMU deposit by the deadline
  • Register for AARO
  • Attend AARO and register for classes
  • Request an Honors roommate