Ku Honors Program Essay Prompts

"All genuine education comes through experience."

-John Dewey, 1938

Honors Experiences ask you to solidify your knowledge and transform it into skills applicable to your professional aspirations.

Honors experiential learning activities are varied and include study abroad, research, service learning, and internships. Through our Honors Experience requirement, we encourage students from all disciplines to challenge themselves by including research, career planning, extracurricular involvement, and/or extended travel into their undergraduate experience.

Not sure what will work best for your goals and interests? Follow the links in the left-hand toolbar to learn more about potential experiences, or contact your Honors advisor.

“One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try.” 

-Sophocles, 406 BCE

Incoming Freshmen

Priority Deadline is Wednesday, November 8.

Incoming Freshman should apply to the Honors Program when they submit their application to the University of Kansas through KU Admissions. Along with the standard application materials required by KU (ACT/SAT scores, etc.), a University Honors application will also require a resume and a response to one of three essay questions (PDF). Applications will not be reviewed until a high school transcript has been received by Admissions. Before applying, be sure to read through our Tips for Applicants.

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Already admitted to KU?
Incoming Freshman who do not apply to the Honors Program through the Admissions website can still apply online once admitted to KU through the Incoming Freshmen: Honors Program Application.

Having trouble with the online application?

  • Be sure you're using the latest version of Firefox or Internet Explorer to submit the form. (Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge do not support the required Java plugin.)
  • Before submitting your application, please make sure the Attachments button indicates the correct number of attachments. For example, after attaching one document, the Attachments button will display like this “Attachments (1)”. After attaching two documents, the Attachments button will display like this “Attachments (2)”.
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Are you waiting on the result of your KU Honors application?

Thank you for your application! Due to the high volume of applications received during this time, please allow 4-6 weeks for your Honors Program decision letter to arrive in the mail.


Transfer Students

Transfer students must first submit an application to the University of Kansas through Admissions. Along with the standard application required by KU, you will also need to complete our Current/Transfer Student Application. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until at least one semester of college grades have been received.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting:

-November 15 through two weeks before the start of the spring semester
-June 15 through two weeks before the start of the fall semester

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Current KU Students

Current KU students should apply online through the Current/Transfer Student Application. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until at least one semester of college grades have been received.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting:

-November 15 through two weeks before the start of the spring semester
-June 15 through two weeks before the start of the fall semester

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