Honors Program Application Fall 2023

This application is for Academic Year 2022-2023. 

Honors Program Mission

The UVU Honors Program enhances the collegiate experience of highly motivated students through specialized academic and enrichment opportunities that cultivate personal, professional, and civic engagement. Please visit www.uvu.edu/honors for additional Honors Program information. 

Please note before beginning Honors Program Application Form:

  • Please complete the application essay(s) using the prompts below.
  • Please have your completed essays ready to upload in PDF format only.
  • Please have your high school and/or college, and ACT/SAT transcripts, unofficial is acceptable, ready to upload.
  • If you have questions about using our online application, please call 801-863-6262 for assistance.

Admission Essay Prompts

The two essays you submit represent the cornerstones of your application to join the UVU Honors Program. Draw on your best qualities as a writer and thinker; academic risk-taking remains a core value for us, so take some risks and have fun. We borrowed and adapted the questions below from the University of Chicago's famously unusual admissions essay tradition, among others places.

Work on the essays carefully, remembering that eloquent writing is both difficult and powerful. Have someone edit your writing but don't let an editor erase your unique voice. Your response will be evaluated on content as well as form (spelling, grammar, and punctuation). Proofread carefully to remove typos, clichéd phrasing, and unclear ideas.

The most impressive essays will be clear and lively and will give us a vivid sense of who you are and what curiosity, passion, flexible thinking, focus, and innovation you might bring to the Honors Program.

Limit your response to about 300 words for each essay.  You will select ONE Analytical option and ONE Creative Option.


A. Cats have nine lives, Pac-Man has three lives, and radioactive isotopes have half-lives. How many lives does something else—conceptual or actual—have, and why? 

B. Strings always have explained or enriched our lives, from Theseus’s escape route from the Labyrinth, to kittens playing with balls of yarn, to a thread woven into a tapestry of fate, to a finely tuned violin string. Use the power of string, real or metaphorical, to explain something you view as crucial.

C. What are the peculiarities of your own personal language (and it need not be English, although your essay needs to be). Consider the voice you use when speaking most intimately to yourself or your family, the vocabulary that spills out when you’re startled, or special phrases and gestures that no one else seems to use or even understand—and tell us how your language makes you unique.


D. Imagine Genghis Khan with an F1 racecar, Emperor Nero with a panini press, George Washington with a SuperSoaker, Frida Kahlo with a Furby, or Queen Lilioukalani with a Tesla. If you could give any historical figure any piece of technology, who and what would it be, and why do you think they’d work so well together?

E. Universities love Nobel laureates. But why should economics, physics, and peace get all the glory? You are tasked with creating a new category for the Nobel Prize. Explain what it would be, why you chose your specific category, and the criteria necessary to achieve this accomplishment.

F. You are on an expedition to found a colony on Mars, when from a nearby crater, a group of sentient Martian beings suddenly emerges. They seem eager to communicate, but they're the impatient kind and demand you represent the human race in one song, image, memory, mathematical proof, or other idea. What song, image, etc. do you share with them to show that humanity is worth their time?