Applying

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.

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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 1900 essays 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

All acceptance/decline emails have been sent for the incoming F14 class. You will find our reply in one of these places:

  1. If you have not paid a deposit to U-M to attend, the reply is in the Friend Account email space you used to upload your essay.
  2. If you have paid your deposit to attend this fall, the reply is in your UMich (Wolverine Access) student email account. You can find this at email.umich.edu. Follow the prompts for your user name and password.
  3. If you have thoroughly examined your UMich email account and do not see the email, please contact honors.admissions@umich.edu. Include your student information.

FERPA NOTICE: Due to FERPA regulations, we cannot release student academic information to parents, even if the student has provided ID information, unless we have a written FERPA release on file. We will not be able to discuss your student's application, other than in the most basic way. Please use the link, above, to familiarize yourself with this law.

Accepting the Invitation to Join Honors Link

There are 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: honors.admissions@umich.edu. 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.

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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.