Letters & Science Honors Program Honors in the Liberal Arts Application

The College of Letters & Science Honors Program provides a community for many of UW-Madison’s most engaged and intellectually curious undergraduates. The Honors in the Liberal Arts track can be a great fit for students who enjoy learning about new subjects and wish to fully embrace the benefits of a liberal arts education. Students do not need to have decided upon a major or have committed to attending UW to apply. There is no single Honors student profile; the L&S Honors Program values applicants from all backgrounds.

More information about the L&S Honors Program can be found at https://honors.ls.wisc.edu.

Use this application if you would be a new first-year student in the College of Letters & Science in the upcoming Summer or Fall term. Note that students with a major outside of L&S (including School of Business and College of Engineering majors) are generally not eligible to complete Honors in the Liberal Arts through the College of Letters & Science.

Current UW students and new transfer students can find information about an alternate application process on the L&S Honors Program website.

Students only interested in the Honors in the Major track of the L&S Honors Program do not need to complete this application and would declare that track once on campus.

Deadlines (11:59 PM Central Time):
Please apply as soon as possible, since space in the program is limited. You may apply before receiving an admissions decision from UW. Before your application will be reviewed, you must have been admitted to UW’s College of Letters & Science.

Monday, February 20, 2023: Initial priority deadline for Fall 2023. Apply by this date to receive a decision from the Honors Program in mid-March.
Sunday, March 12, 2023: Apply by this date to receive a decision from the Honors Program in mid-April (and before SOAR registration opens).
Sunday, April 23, 2023: Final deadline for full consideration for Fall 2023. Apply by this date to receive a decision from the Honors Program by May 31.
Applications received between April 24 and May 7 will be considered for fall admission pending space availability. Decisions will be shared by mid-June.
Applications received after May 7, 2023 will not be considered for Fall 2023 admission.
Update: Final deadline to apply for Fall 2023 consideration has been extended to May 19, 2023.

This application does not involve a scholarship or monetary award.

L&S Honors Program
Supplemental Questions
  1. Review the majors and certificates (similar to minors) available at UW. List up to four majors that you are most interested in right now. If you are currently interested in any of UW's undergraduate certificates, you can also list up to two potential certificates with the label "certificate."
  2. Select the Honors degree track you are currently interested in. Before answering this question, review information about the Honors degree tracks on the "Honors Overview" page of our website.

    Note: The Honors in the Major track of the L&S Honors Program is declared after you are on campus, not through this application process. If you are interested in "Honors in the Major" alone, there is no need to complete this application.
  3. Explain why you are interested in the Honors track you selected in the previous question. In your response, address both what you hope to gain from participation in the Honors Program and how you would contribute to learning environments at UW-Madison.
  4. What do you want to explore academically? Before writing your response, think about topics you have not yet been able to explore in an academic setting or classroom. Then, invent two new courses that you would want to take if they existed. In your response, please address each of the following prompts:

    (a) A title for each course
    (b) Brief descriptions of course topics, outcomes, and/or activities in each course
    (c) The impact of each course on you and/or the student body
  5. List three examples of your involvement outside of classes that are particularly meaningful to you.
  6. How would you contribute to the Honors community? Before writing your response, please review the L&S Honors Program Mission Statement. In your response, please address each of the following prompts:

    (a) Identify the aspect(s) of the Honors mission that you would most immediately impact.
    (b) Use evidence from your experience(s) that support your claim(s). You may consider your personal, academic, extracurricular, work, and other lived experiences as evidence.
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