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How to Apply for Admission to the Honors College

All Applicants: You cannot begin your application for admission to the Honors College until you have completed your application for admission to UMKC. After you have completed your UMKC application, you can return to the UMKC Admissions website and login to continue your application. Eligible Honors College applicants will find a link to apply to the Honors College.

If you do not find an Honors College application link in your UMKC Admissions profile, please email Honors College advisor Margo Gamache and she will generate that application link for you. We welcome your application!

Required Essay: All applicants must submit an essay as part of their online application for admission to the Honors College. Please write a thoughtful, coherent essay of 500 to 700 words on the following topic:

Essay Topic: In your view, what is the single most important characteristic of effective leadership? What can go wrong if someone in a leadership position lacks this particular trait? In a thoughtful, coherent essay, explain why this characteristic is essential to leadership, citing specific examples of leadership, either from your own experience or based on prominent leaders from past or present times.

Letters of Recommendation: If you meet the Honors College admission requirements, then no letters of recommendation are necessary. Otherwise, your Honors College application can still be considered, but you will need to submit two letters of recommendation. The online Honors College application will provide a link for you to ask two teachers (or professors) who know you well to provide a reference letter.

All Applicants: You cannot begin your application for admission to the Honors College until you have completed your application for admission to UMKC.

Applications for admission to the Honors College are considered on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The final application deadline is August 1 for the fall semester and January 15 for the spring semester.

All First Time College students who apply for admission to the Honors College before December 1 will automatically be considered for the Trustees’ Scholarship.

Need assistance in applying to the Honors College? Please contact honors@umkc.edu.