This section will walk you through the process of applying to the LSA Honors Program and answer questions regarding the process. Finally, the actual essay questions are provided.

Each of these questions will link you to appropriate answers. Under the buttons on the main Prospective Students page, you can find links regarding (1) general information about Honors (2) opportunities for Honors students, and (3) what to expect in your first year.


Essay Questions

Test scores and grades are only part of what goes into our admissions decision-making. That's why we require all students who apply to the Program to write an additional essay as part of their application to Honors. The essay is an invaluable holistic evaluation tool, enabling us to determine if your interests and talents are a good fit with the Honors Program. It's a time- and labor-intensive process, but each year, we are rewarded through our interactions with such an amazing group of young people.

How Many Apply/How Many are Accepted?

Our applications reviewers read more than 1600 essays each year to fill an incoming class of approximately 450-500.

Application Timeline

Due to an overwhelming number of applications this year, we are no longer accepting applications from prospective Freshman students. You will still be able to apply to Honors as a current UM student, please see the process here.

Receiving the Decision
  • We will evaluate your application for the LSA Honors Program, based on your Honors essay and your entire Common Application, following receipt of your essay. Our admissions decision will be provided by a date that is determined by when you submitted your Honors application. Here is our timeline for contacting students with a decision. Please note: we are no longer accepting applications for incoming freshman.

    • January 22, 2014 – All applications received by this date will have a decision sent out via email by February 14, 2014.
    • February 26, 2014 - All applications received after January 22, 2014 but by this date will have a decision sent out via email by March 21, 2014.
    • April 9, 2014 - All applications received after February 26, 2014 but by this date will have a decision sent out via email by April 25, 2014.
    • We will not be reviewing any applications received after April 9.
Accepting the Invitation to Join Honors Link

Please follow the instructions in your acceptance email in order to accept or decline your invitation to join the LSA Honors Program. More information is available here.

Applying to Honors Before Deciding on U-M

We strongly urge you to apply to Honors even before you know that you are going to come to U-M. That way it is likely that you will be able base your decision, in part, on whether or not you are in Honors.

Transfer Student Information

Transfer Information Link

Current LSA Student Application 

Current LSA students are welcome to apply during their first two years. Simply email your student information (ID, uniqname), along with a paragraph about your interest in the program, to this link: Our Assistant Director will contact you to set up an appointment.

If you are in your junior year, generally students join Honors by declaring a major and deciding to write a thesis. In this case, you will speak with an advisor/faculty in the department of your major, who will contact us that you are beginning this process. Your advising contact and graduation audit will transfer to Honors (from LSA Newnan Advising Center) following this notification.


Honors Essay Questions

To help us determine whether you might thrive in the Honors community, you will respond to one of the posted prompts. Please limit your essay to 500-1000, but not more than 1000 words. 

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year for incoming freshman.