Frequently Asked Questions 



What is the University Honors Program (UHP)?
It is a 2-year honors program available to qualified incoming freshman students on the Boca Raton campus. It is open to students from all majors.

What are the requirements of the UHP?

  • a minimum Honors core of 20 credits
  • 20 hours of community service during the freshman year
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average in Honor courses
  • Achieve a 3.5 cumulative grade point average at the end of 60 credits

What is needed to be admitted to the UHP?

  • Admitted to FAU
  • Minimum test scores of 26 ACT/ 1740 SAT (all 3 sections)
  • A minimum high school grade point average of 4.0
  • Academic rigor of high school curriculum
  • A writing sample (at least 500 words and from a recent class)
  • Resume indicating extracurricular activities, awards, and hobbies

May I apply if I do not meet the minimum requirements?
Absolutely. A holistic review of the application and supporting documents will be used in the evaluation. We are very aware that students have special talents that will not always be reflected in the test score and/or grade point average

May I apply to the UHP after my first semester at FAU?
Yes. We would look forward to receiving your application. Your first semester grades will also be considered in the admission process.

I received the Presidential or the Spirit of FAU scholarship. Will I receive an invitation to join the UHP?
Yes, students that are awarded one of the above scholarships will automatically be invited to join the UHP. An additional application is not needed; however, you must confirm that you will join the UHP.

Are there any other scholarships available to students admitted and enrolled in the UHP?
Students not receiving a Presidential or Spirit of FAU scholarship will be considered for an Elite Owl Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded early in the admission cycle and are limited in number.

Is there special UHP housing?
Unfortunately, there is no prioritized housing or discount for UHP students. Housing contracts are now available online for fall 2016 - spring 2017 semesters:

Is the Medical Scholars Program available to UHP students?
With the opening of our new College of Medicine, the Medical Scholars Program was developed to give freshman students the opportunity to begin their medical careers. At this time, the Medical Scholars Program is only available to students in Wilkes Honors College. Visit link for more information.

What are the Honors Seminars?
They are developed and taught by some of the top-ranking faculty at FAU. They will substitute for regular Intellectual Foundation Program (IFP) courses that are required for all majors. To see a list of honors seminars, visit link.

Is the UHP available to students in specific majors?
The UHP is available to students in all majors.




 Last Modified 11/8/16