Honors College

Does the University have an honors program?

Yes!  The Honors College provides the opportunity for high achieving students to develop a broad-based and flexible interdisciplinary liberal arts education similar to that of many small liberal arts colleges. By choosing either a major, minor or Transcripted Designation in the Honors College, students will have the opportunity to discover connections among disciplines analyze and evaluate primary and complex texts across diverse genres and styles from different historical periods.

They will be expected to complete courses from a broad range of disciplines that will prepare them for careers or advanced study beyond their undergraduate degree. The B.A. in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts will provide students with a foundation in social and behavioral studies, physical and natural sciences, humanities, communications, mathematics, and fine arts and allow students to focus on a specific area of interdisciplinary study.

Students will engage in research and produce original work that integrates ideas and methods from different disciplines and learn to adapt to new environments and developing technologies. In addition, Honors College students will be expected to have intercultural knowledge and competence and develop personal and social responsibility, including civic knowledge and engagement—local and global. These expectations form the major learning outcomes and will be the basis for program assessment.

To apply to the University of New Mexico Honors College, incoming freshmen, current UNM students or transfer students must fill out an application and submit unofficial transcripts. Transfer or Current UNM students should ideally apply to the Honors College by the end of their freshmen year.

Requirements of the Honors College:

  • Incoming Freshmen Applicants (High School Seniors): Unofficial high school transcript showing a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher; and ACT cumulative test score of 29 (or higher) or SAT score of 1860 (or higher).
  • Transfer or current UNM Student Applicants: Unofficial college/university transcript showing a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher; and have completed English 101 or its equivalent
  • High School applicants with scores at or below a 3.4 GPA/28 ACT/1859 SAT and college applicants with a GPA at or below 3.1 must also include a 1-page personal essay. Special consideration is given to essays which demonstrate community/academic involvement and strong written communication.

When to apply depends largely on when students will start at UNM or will start taking Honors courses. The Honors College Main Office will send notifications of acceptance soon after these deadlines.

  • Start in a Fall Semester:  February 12 for best consideration and May 1 final deadline
  • Start in a Spring Semester: November 1, All applicants
  • Whenever deadlines fall on a weekend or a holiday, materials are due by the following Monday.

Students who are interested in participating in the Honors College but whose GPA or ACT/SAT do not meet the criteria established above can contextualize their unique lived experiences and access to learning opportunities in a personal essay. Individual review of students from diverse backgrounds is an important element of the Honors College admission process.

The Honors College is committed to inclusive excellence. The admissions practice is committed to creating a diverse class in terms of underrepresented racial groups and/or first generation college students, international students, and student from different regions of the country.